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Cochlear Implants Aurora IL

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Affordable Hearing Solutions
(630) 608-4504
1935 Springbrook Square Drive Suite 109
Naperville, IL
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Hearing Specialists Of DuPage
(630) 225-7048
55 E Loop Rd Ste 204
Wheaton, IL
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Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations, all agesTinnitus Evaluations and TreatmentHearing Aid Consultation utilizing the newest in advanced digital hearing aids, all sizes availableCompetitive prices with choices from over 7 different hearing aid manufacturersComputerized hearing aid testing and adjustmentsDeep vacuum cleaning of hearing aids. Repair services with extended warrenty and hearing aid insurance availableAssistive Listening Devices i.e. amplified phones, TV listening devices, amplified al
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Loyola Primary Care Center
(630) 225-7023
140 E Loop Rd
Wheaton, IL
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Audiologic Services
(630) 246-2195
501 Thorn Hill Dr
Carol Stream, IL
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Diagnostic TestingIf a hearing loss is suspected, an appointment with one of our certified Audiologists should be made for the purposes of testing and evaluation.After the age of 50, a regular hearing test should be considered as important as ones yearly physical checkup.Testing is painless, comfortable and safe. Basically, it consists of answering questions about your hearing health, recognizing everyday words at different volume levels, and identifying different sounds. Your ability to hear ea
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Dupage Medical Group
(630) 592-4542
1801 S Highland Ave Ste 220
Lombard, IL
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Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Health Center Inc.
(630) 225-7056
636 Raymond Dr Ste 203
Naperville, IL
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The Hearing Health Center is renowned for their skill in comprehensive hearing assessments, diagnosing and treatment of balance and vestibular disorders, and prescribing and individually tuning every type of hearing instrument and personal communication device available.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 07:00 AM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 07:00 AM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment
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Loyola Hearing Center
(708) 298-0294
6440 Main St Ste 120
Woodridge, IL
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Steinwart Audiology & Speech
(630) 608-4576
1411 S Bridge St
Yorkville, IL
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday01:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiologic Services
(630) 225-7052
487 Pennsylvania Ave
Glen Ellyn, IL
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Diagnostic TestingVNG Test - Videonystagmography
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Sunday11:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Monday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Saturday10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
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Susan Rogan Hearing Inc.
(630) 487-5130
319 W Ogden Ave
Westmont, IL
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HEARING INSTRUMENT SERVICES• Customized and prescription hearing aid fittings• Digital and programmable hearing aid programming• Computerized analysis of all hearing devices• On site and factory hearing instrument repairs (all makes)• Assistive listening devices:Hearing Instrument ServicesAssistive listening devices• Phone and TV amplifiers• Telephone and Doorbell alerting Systems• TDDs and accessories• Bluetooth Cell Phone Ear Sets• Customized e
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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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