Evaluation of the Sensation of Hearing False Mobile Sounds (Phantom Ring Tone; Ringxiety) in Individuals
Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal,
2009, Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 90-94
The annoying feeling of mistakenly thinking that you can hear your mobile phone ringing. This audio illusion is familiar and unnerving sensation is so widespread and now it has an official name: ringxiety.
This study was conducted to determine whether "Ringxiety" is common among Iraqi peoples and its correlation with age, sex, education, mobile type, and mobile using time.
Two hundred adult persons of either sex with a mean age of 20 ± 3 years were asked to answer a questioner with 14 questions.
The results of this study revealed that 73% of the individual involved experienced the phenomenon of ringxiety from time to time, in addition to 4% who experienced frequent ringxiety.
Significant correlations were found between this sign and using mobile for more than 30 minutes per day and also a significant correlation was found between mobile addicts and ringxiety (P value <0.05).
42% of studied subjects experienced mobile vibration mistakenly feeling, which occurs always with ringxiety but not the reverse. This sign was only correlated with the high mobile using time.
No association was found between ringxiety and age, education, type of ring tone, or short messages (SMS) using.
This study has proved that ringxiety is common among mobile users and could be one of the side effects of radio waves or just a malfunction of the brain due to the life heavy duties. Ringxiety might cause discomfort or loss of concentration during car driving or using dangerous machine
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