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Cochlear Implants Bellingham WA

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in Bellingham, WA. 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.

Spencer Audiology Clinic Inc
(360) 312-4772
1000 McKenzie Ave Ste 12
Bellingham, WA
Hours
SundayClosed
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All About Hearing Inc
(360) 419-4486
218 E. Rio Vista
Burlington, WA
Services
FREE Demonstration of Oticon Agil hearing aids!Free Hearing Test and ConsultationFree Listening Demo - Try aids at home and work with no risk. Complete line of hearing devicesSpecialty earmolds - I-Pod, Noisebrakers, Sleep plugs0% financing availableL&I claims started and servicedMost major insurances accepted
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Advantage
(360) 406-4810
568 N 5th Ave
Sequim, WA
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs): FM SystemsAudiometric evaluations for Children and AdultsBattery salesEar Molds & Swim MoldsHearing aid fittings and evaluationsOtoacoustic EmissionsReal-ear measurement
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
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Vancouver ENT Head & Neck
(360) 200-4825
1801 1st Ave Ste 3A
Longview, WA
Services
There are seven subspecialities within Otolaryngology: Otology, Head and Neck Cancer, Allergy, Plastic Surgery of the Face, Eyes and Neck, Laryngology, Rhinology, and Airway Management. Board Certified Otolaryngologists are trained in these areas.In addition to the subspecialty areas, ancillary services provided are Audiology, Hearing Aids, Balance and Dizziness Center, and On-Site Ambulatory Surgery Center.Go To:Otology | Head and Neck Cancer | Allergy | Plastic Surgery of the Face, Eyes and Ne
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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South Sound Audiology
(360) 464-2498
420 Lilly Rd NE Ste 102
Olympia, WA
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance with OSHA guidelines.Diagnostic TestingIf a hearing loss
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SundayClosed
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Advanced Audiology LLC
(360) 312-7261
902 N State St Ste 102
Bellingham, WA
Services
Try to have your hearing evaluated by an Audiologist. Audiologists generally are the most knowledgeable of the practioners that evaluate and fit hearing aids. -Testimony to the Special Senate Committee on Aging, September 15, 1993 by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Try to have your hearing evaluated by an Audiologist. Audiologists generally are the most knowledgeable of the practioners that evaluate and fit hearing aids. -Testimony to the Special Senate Committee on Aging, Se
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Sunday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Audiology/Hear Center
(206) 973-3345
304 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA
Services
Diagnostic and Rehabilitative ServicesAssistive listening and signaling devices.Wide array of inexpensive devices to assist in communication needs (television, telephone, alarm clocks, etc.)..Comprehensive Audiological EvaluationsA series of tests to determine hearing ability by air and bone conduction methods, speech identification and understandingCounseling and rehabilitation for patients and their familiesWe help you understand your hearing test results and their implications so that togethe
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Audiology/Hear Center
(425) 502-5004
11511 NE 10th St
Bellevue, WA
Services
Group Health Cooperative, together with its subsidiary Group Health Options, Inc., operates in all or parts of 20 counties in Washington and two counties in North Idaho. In Washington, Group Health Cooperative offers coordinated-care plans for both groups and individuals; Clear Care®, our Medicare Advantage plans; and plans for residents who qualify for Healthy Options (Medicaid), Basic Health, and the State Children''s Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP).Care is provided by Group Health Permanent
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SundayClosed
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West Coast Hearing Clinic
(360) 637-4039
1812 Sumner Ave Ste C
Aberdeen, WA
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 - 01:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Vancouver Ent Head & Neck
(360) 369-4621
1405 SE 164th Ave Ste 102
Vancouver, WA
Services
Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic of the Northwest Services There are seven subspecialities within Otolaryngology: Otology, Head and Neck Cancer, Allergy, Plastic Surgery of the Face, Eyes and Neck, Laryngology, Rhinology, and Airway Management. Board Certified Otolaryngologists are trained in these areas. In addition to the subspecialty areas, ancillary services provided are Audiology, Hearing Aids, Balance and Dizziness Center, and On-Site Ambulatory Surgery Center. Otology Ear Surgery Acute 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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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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