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Cochlear Implants Anchorage AK

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Alaska Speech & Hearing Clinic
(866) 422-7265
2401 E 42nd Street Suite 101
Anchorage, AK
Services
Speech / Language EvaluationHearing EvaluationSpeech TherapyCochlear Implant TherapyOccupational TherapyIndividual and Group TherapyFeeding TherapyAuditory Processing Disorders Asberger SyndromeAutism Cleft and Repaired PaletesDown SyndromeDelayed SpeechLanguage DisordersVoice Output Device Consults Voice Output Device TrainingDiagnostic hearing evaluationsHearing device evaluations and dispensingHearing device repair/serviceHearing Aid supplies including batteries Assistive listening devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Anchorage Audiology Clinic
(888) 857-2903
3730 Rhone Cir Ste 104
Anchorage, AK
Services
Diagnostic EvaluationsHearing Aid EvaluationsHearing Aid Fittings, Repairs, Service and SuppliesCustome Earmolds, Swim Plugs, Hearing Protection
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Alaska Speech & Hearing Clinic
(866) 422-7265
2401 E 42nd Street Suite 101
Anchorage, AK
Services
Speech / Language EvaluationHearing EvaluationSpeech TherapyCochlear Implant TherapyOccupational TherapyIndividual and Group TherapyFeeding TherapyAuditory Processing Disorders Asberger SyndromeAutism Cleft and Repaired PaletesDown SyndromeDelayed SpeechLanguage DisordersVoice Output Device Consults Voice Output Device TrainingDiagnostic hearing evaluationsHearing device evaluations and dispensingHearing device repair/serviceHearing Aid supplies including batteries Assistive listening devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Anchorage Audiology Clinic
(888) 857-2903
3730 Rhone Cir Ste 104
Anchorage, AK
Services
Diagnostic EvaluationsHearing Aid EvaluationsHearing Aid Fittings, Repairs, Service and SuppliesCustome Earmolds, Swim Plugs, Hearing Protection
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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McCarty Thomas A
(907) 278-6400
1200 Airport Heights Dr Ste 207
Anchorage, AK
 
Northern Hearing Services Inc
(888) 365-7025
4200 Lake Otis Pkwy Ste 302
Anchorage, AK
Services
Hearing Screening: A quick check to determine if a hearing loss may be present.Hearing Tests: A hearing test for the purpose of fitting a hearing aid.Audiological Evaluation: An evaluation of your hearing and auditory system to determine the cause and extent of the hearing loss. This includes not the hearing test but: * History: Any conditions at birth or since that may have an impact, workplace, military, or other noise exposure, medications prescribed by another health provider, past surg
Hours
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
Payment
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Northern Hearing Services
(888) 838-5049
935 Westpoin Dr Ste 101
Wasilla, AK
Services
Hearing Screening: A quick check to determine if a hearing loss may be present.Hearing Tests: A hearing test for the purpose of fitting a hearing aid.Audiological Evaluation: An evaluation of your hearing and auditory system to determine the cause and extent of the hearing loss. This includes not the hearing test but:History: Any conditions at birth or since that may have an impact, workplace, military, or other noise exposure, medications prescribed by another health provider, past surgeries
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Northern Hearing Services Inc
(888) 365-7025
4200 Lake Otis Pkwy Ste 302
Anchorage, AK
Services
Hearing Screening: A quick check to determine if a hearing loss may be present.Hearing Tests: A hearing test for the purpose of fitting a hearing aid.Audiological Evaluation: An evaluation of your hearing and auditory system to determine the cause and extent of the hearing loss. This includes not the hearing test but: * History: Any conditions at birth or since that may have an impact, workplace, military, or other noise exposure, medications prescribed by another health provider, past surg
Hours
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
Payment
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The Hearing Center
(888) 905-6463
9095 Glacier Hwy Ste 103
Juneau, AK
Services
We provide comprehensive hearing health-care services including hearing assessments, education, and hearing aid sales and service.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Miracle Ear Hearing Center
(907) 274-7700
700 E Northern Lights Blvd
Anchorage, AK
 

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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