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Cochlear Implants Albuquerque NM

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in Albuquerque, NM. Includes detailed information on local businesses that give access to hospitals, hearing specialists, hearing centers as well as information on audiologist and content on hearing loss.

ABQ Partners
(505) 859-7280
5400 Gibson Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM
Services
specialties and services Primary CarePrimary care physicians (PCPs) provide the majority of care for most patients. Patients choose an Adult Medicine/Travel Health, Family Medicine or Pediatric provider to serve as their PCP to coordinate their healthcare. Specialty CarePhysicians and medical professionals in a variety of specialty care practices are also available at ABQ Health Partners. Patients may be easily referred by their primary care physician to specialists as medical needs arise.
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SundayClosed
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Sound Choice Hearing
(505) 565-7212
6500 Jefferson St NE Ste 260
Albuquerque, NM
Services
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations - The audiometric evaluation consists of pure tone air and bone conduction testing. Testing pure tones is done to determine the degree of hearing loss and whether hearing loss is conductive or sensorineural. Speech audiometry is obtained to evaluate the individual’s ability to understand speech at an elevated comfortable volume. Speech discrimination is also tested to determine how much a person will understand when wearing hearing aids. Hearing Aid Dispensi
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Albuquerque Speech, Language, Hearing Center
(505) 565-5820
9500 Montgomery Blvd NE Ste 215
Albuquerque, NM
Services
* Comprehensive hearing evaluations and screenings for children and adults* Industrial hearing screenings* Evaluation and selection of hearing instruments to meet your needs* Custom hearing aid fittings, including conventional and advanced digital instruments* Advice and counseling on the use and care of hearing aids* Live speech mapping to ensure maximum hearing aid benefit* Minor hearing aid repairs on-site, usually within 48 hours* Custom hearing products, including musicians’ earplu
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Group
(505) 404-0684
1121 4th St NW Ste 1D
Albuquerque, NM
Services
* Audiological Evaluations for children, and adults * Full Range of Hearing Aid Technology * Live Speech Mapping * Total Audiological Care Plan * Industrial Hearing Testing * Cochlear Implant Services * Pediatric Services * Spanish Services available (247-4472) * Hearing Aid Evaluations/Consultations * Assistive Listening Devices * Wireless Solutions for TV, Cell Phones, and MP3 Players * Hearing Aid Service and Repair * Products for Musicians such as in-the-e
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SundayClosed
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Albuquerque Hearing Associates
(505) 859-7778
10700 Corrales Rd NW Ste I
Albuquerque, NM
Services
At Albuquerque Hearing Associates, it is our deepest desire to provide the highest level of service and state of the art technology. As our guest you can expect to receive the attention and care that you need in order to make the best decision regarding hearing solutions for yourself.* We offer a range of services for adults and children including but not limited to:* Basic comprehensive evaluations* Modified testing for individuals with limited verbal or cognitive function* Acoustic impedance
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Group
(505) 404-0684
1121 4th St NW Ste 1D
Albuquerque, NM
Services
* Audiological Evaluations for children, and adults * Full Range of Hearing Aid Technology * Live Speech Mapping * Total Audiological Care Plan * Industrial Hearing Testing * Cochlear Implant Services * Pediatric Services * Spanish Services available (247-4472) * Hearing Aid Evaluations/Consultations * Assistive Listening Devices * Wireless Solutions for TV, Cell Phones, and MP3 Players * Hearing Aid Service and Repair * Products for Musicians such as in-the-e
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SundayClosed
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Worth Hearing Center
(505) 807-0248
7520 Montgomery Blvd NE Bldg E15
Albuquerque, NM
Services
Worth Hearing Center is a locally owned and operated private audiology practice. The mission of Worth Hearing Center is to provide the most technically advanced hearing care in an atmosphere where patients are treated with kindness and the respect they deserve.Specific services, which are currently being provided, are:Diagnostic hearing evaluations, including pure tone testing (air and bone conduction), tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing Hearing aid evaluations and consultations Hearing ai
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Albuquerque Hearing Associates
(505) 859-7778
10700 Corrales Rd NW Ste I
Albuquerque, NM
Services
At Albuquerque Hearing Associates, it is our deepest desire to provide the highest level of service and state of the art technology. As our guest you can expect to receive the attention and care that you need in order to make the best decision regarding hearing solutions for yourself.* We offer a range of services for adults and children including but not limited to:* Basic comprehensive evaluations* Modified testing for individuals with limited verbal or cognitive function* Acoustic impedance
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Care
(888) 710-4091
4351 E Lohman Ave Ste 103
Las Cruces, NM
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ABQ Partners
(505) 859-7280
5400 Gibson Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM
Services
specialties and services Primary CarePrimary care physicians (PCPs) provide the majority of care for most patients. Patients choose an Adult Medicine/Travel Health, Family Medicine or Pediatric provider to serve as their PCP to coordinate their healthcare. Specialty CarePhysicians and medical professionals in a variety of specialty care practices are also available at ABQ Health Partners. Patients may be easily referred by their primary care physician to specialists as medical needs arise.
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SundayClosed
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Batteryless Flashlights and Cochlear Implants

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October 31, 2006: 10:31 am: Dr. Neil Assistive Devices , Cochlear Implants

Batteryless Flashlights and Cochlear Implants

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

A warning recently circulated around some of the Cochlear Implant (CI) lists that read:

Attention Cochlear Implant users--you should never use the flashlight that never needs batteries, just shake it. Also, it never needs bulbs, is waterproof and floats in water. Single/double super coils create the charge with every shake. The problem is that there is a magnet in it that can erase the maps from a cochlear implant or corrupt computer hard drives. Please pass the word, better to be safe than sorry.

So often the “warnings” that you receive via email are just not true. Someone “thinks” something could happen and warns everyone else--all without a shred of evidence that there is any real problem. This is what has happened in this case. (In addition, there are the many malicious emails whose only purpose is to deliberately scare you silly, but this isn’t one of them.)

So what is the truth about these batteryless flashlights? Are they really capable of wiping out the programs in CIs and corrupting hard drives? I decided to find out.

You see, I have one of these very flashlights sitting on my desk where it has been for a number of months without causing any harm to my computer. I decided to try and see if it could deliberately wipe out data on a floppy disk. I put some files on a floppy disc, then held the disk as close to the magnet in the flashlight as possible for a minute and then tested it in my computer. Still good. Then I held it against the flashlight and shook the flashlight for a couple of minutes and tried it again. Still good.

Note: since the magnet is in the center of the flashlight handle, the closest it can come to any disc or CI is just over half an inch. Also, note that the CI has a magnet of its own to hold it on your head, and this magnet has not been implicated in wiping out CI programs.

Based on my brief tests, I can see no problem with using this flashlight for casual use, even if you have a CI. Now if you taped the processor to the flashlight as close as you can get to the magnet and left it there for a couple of months, who knows what might happen–but is anyone ever going to do that in real life?

As for the hard drives on your computer, you couldn’t get the flashlight as close to them as I did to the floppy and no harm came to the floppy. Thus, I think this flashlight is perfectly safe in normal use.

Notice that according to this article, this flashlight never has actually wiped out CI programs. The author was just warning it could happen. And that might be true--that it could happen, although from my testing, the chances are very remote--you’d have to deliberately try to make it happen, and even then, there ...

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