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Cochlear Implants Ann Arbor MI

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Mosa Audiological Services
(888) 430-0195
Reichert Health Building 5333 Mcauley Drive Ste 2016
Ann Arbor, MI
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Assistive Listening DevicesAssistive listening devices, including amplified telephones and wireless transmitters provide additional help when needed. We also provide telecoil (T-coil) systems for homes, auditoriums, classrooms, meeting rooms and similar large spaces.Ear molds & customized protective devicesMany individuals work in loud environments, ranging from manufacturing plants to recording studios. We provide customized hearing protection devices, including ear molds, designed to achieve a
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Fluke Hearing Instruments
(734) 418-0895
4025 Carpenter Rd
Ypsilanti, MI
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Mosa Audiological Services
(734) 629-4981
1600 S Canton Center Rd Ste 350
Canton, MI
Services
Assistive Listening DevicesAssistive listening devices, including amplified telephones and wireless transmitters provide additional help when needed. We also provide telecoil (T-coil) systems for homes, auditoriums, classrooms, meeting rooms and similar large spaces.Ear molds & customized protective devicesMany individuals work in loud environments, ranging from manufacturing plants to recording studios. We provide customized hearing protection devices, including ear molds, designed to achieve a
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Personalized Hearing Care
(248) 782-6314
321 Pettibone St Ste 105
South Lyon, MI
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At Personalized Hearing Care, we offer the following services to our patients: * Comprehensive Hearing Tests * Middle Ear Testing/Tympanometry * Hearing Aid Evaluations * Digital Hearing Aids * Hearing Aid Repair (most brands) * Custom Earmolds * Swim Plugs * Noise Protection Devices * Musician Ear Plugs * Assistive Listening Devices * Counseling and EducationAs part of our hearing care services at Personalized Hearing Care of Westland, Michigan we can fit you wi
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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 ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Personalized Hearing Care, Inc
(734) 629-4076
35337 Warren Rd
Westland, MI
Services
At Personalized Hearing Care, we offer the following services to our patients: * Comprehensive Hearing Tests * Middle Ear Testing/Tympanometry * Hearing Aid Evaluations * Digital Hearing Aids * Hearing Aid Repair (most brands) * Custom Earmolds * Swim Plugs * Noise Protection Devices * Musician Ear Plugs * Assistive Listening Devices * Counseling and EducationAs part of our hearing care services at Personalized Hearing Care of Westland, Michigan we can fit you wi
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Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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OConnor Hearing Center
(734) 418-8992
203 S Zeeb Rd Ste 207
Ann Arbor, MI
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Diagnostic Hearing EvaluationsO’Connor Hearing Center provides Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations which includes obtaining a case history, performing Otoscopy; Immittance Testing; Air Conduction Testing; Bone Conduction Testing; Speech Testing. Acoustic testing of hearing sensitivity thresholds, performed in a sound booth, via an audiometer to determine current hearing levels.Hearing Aid EvaluationsUsing results of a recent (within six months) diagnostic hearing evaluation, our Audiologist wil
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Mosa Audiological Services
(734) 508-3111
420 W Russell St Ste 101
Saline, MI
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Assistive Listening Devices Ear molds & customized protective devicesEar Wax RemovalHearing aids Hearing aid batteries Hearing aid cleaning/servicing Rehabilitative therapies Your health care provider may request certain hearing evaluations and assessments. Based on your individual needs, among the tests that may be performed by MOSA Audiology are:
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Hug Center For Hearing
(734) 259-4073
705 S Main St Ste 101
Plymouth, MI
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Mosa Audiological Services
(734) 385-7486
14650 Old Hwy US 12 Ste 304
Chelsea, MI
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Assistive Listening Devices Ear molds & customized protective devicesEar Wax RemovalHearing aids Hearing aid batteries Hearing aid cleaning/servicing Rehabilitative therapies
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Mosa Audiology
(810) 355-2637
2305 Genoa Business Park Dr Suite 160
Brighton, MI
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Our Services Assistive Listening Devices Ear molds & customized protective devicesEar Wax RemovalHearing aids Hearing aid batteries Hearing aid cleaning/servicing Rehabilitative therapies
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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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