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Cochlear Implants Bend OR

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Central Oregon Audiology
(541) 647-2840
2698 NE Courtney Dr Ste 100
Bend, OR
Services
Audiology Services Identification of hearing impairment from birth through adulthood. Diagnostic evaluation for patients with tinnitus (ringing ears), to rule out middle ear disease or disorders/excessive noise exposure problems/cochlcar or retrocochlear lesions or disease. Diagnostics to rule out inner ear or vestibular disorders for patients with dizzy and balance concerns.Hearing conservation program for industry; both in clinic and in mobile test lab. Assessments to determine need for hearin
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Old Mill Audiology
(541) 647-2900
642 NW Arizona
Bend, OR
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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 - 09:00 PM
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Oregon Ear Nose & Throat PC
(541) 933-7049
360 S Garden Way Ste 200
Eugene, OR
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Gail J. Swanstrom, AuD
(503) 616-5873
900 SE Oak St Ste 201
Hillsboro, OR
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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R Sterling Hodgson MD
(503) 928-3778
1849 NW Kearney St Suite 200
Portland, OR
Services
Hearing Services from Audiology AssociatesAudiology Associates offers a variety of services related to your complete hearing healthcare. We provide you with state of the art hearing aid services including custom hearing aid programming and repairs, and complete diagnostic hearing tests. Visit our Products section for information on a variety of hearing aids, custom noise and swim plugs, and accessories and assistive listening devices for the hearing impaired person. Audiology Associates Services
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Central Oregon ENT
(541) 647-2897
2450 NE Mary Rose Pl Ste 120
Bend, OR
Services
Central Oregon Ear, Nose & Throat offers a full range of otolaryngology services. Otolaryngologists are specialists who treat conditions, diseases and disorders of the ear, face, head, neck, nose and throat. A common example is tonsil and adenoid surgery.Central Oregon Ear Nose & Throat doctors practice in all the subspecialties of otolaryngology: * Airway Management * Allergy * Facial Reconstructive Surgery * Head and Neck Cancer * Laryngology and Neurolaryngology (larynx and thr
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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 - 09:00 PM
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Central Oregon Audiology
(541) 316-1098
527 NW Fir Ave
Redmond, OR
Services
Audiology Services * Audiometric testing * Balance disorder testing * Ear protection (custom molding) * Videonystagmography (VNG) testing * Full service hearing aid center * Hearing conservationOtology ServicesCentral Oregon Ear, Nose & Throat physicians offer medical and surgical treatment for diseases and disorders of the ear. Common problems we treat include: * Balance disorders * Conditions requiring reconstructive inner ear surgery * Middle ear infections (acute a
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Mid-Valley Hearing Center
(541) 223-5097
950 29th Ave SW
Albany, OR
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Mid-Valley Hearing Center is a full service audiology clinic specializing in the treatment of hearing loss in children and adults. We provide the best hearing healthcare available, in a personal and caring atmosphere. Our Center offers comprehensive hearing services for all ages, including diagnostic audiologic evaluations for children and adults, hearing aid fittings for all ages, newborn hearing screening, and hearing evaluations for individuals with tinnitus, vertigo, and ear disease.We offer
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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 - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Pacific Audiology Center
(503) 400-7073
120 Ramsgate Sq S Ste 100
Salem, OR
Services
Pacific Audiology Center provides diagnostic hearing evaluations to patients from birth to seniors. Our youngest patient was a premie that was technically not one day old yet. Our oldest patient is 106 years old. Pacicic Audiology provides full audiological care including, hearing testing, cerumen management and hearing aid fitting.
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Portland Ear Testing Center
(503) 928-5731
921 NW 18th Ave
Portland, OR
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Digital Hearing DevicesEar MoldsCustomized Hearing AidsEar ImplantsCutting-Edge Testing Procedures We Offer Brand Names Such As Widex™Since 1978, clients from all over Portland and beyond have trusted Portland Ear Testing Center to pinpoint their hearing level of difficulty. Our certified and licensed audiologists will answer any question you have. We pride ourselves on offering our clients the comprehensive solutions they need so they can hear clearly again.
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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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