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Cochlear Implants Birmingham AL

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in Birmingham, AL. 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.

Hear Lab
(205) 413-8806
1651 Independence Court Ste 151
Homewood, AL
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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Birmingham Speech & Hearing
(205) 413-8830
4 Office Park Circle Ste 301
Birmingham, AL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Bay Audiology Services, Inc.
(251) 295-9308
6701 Airport Blvd Ste B123
Mobile, AL
Services
Audiometric evaluations, hearing aid sales and service, assistive listening devices, hearing protection etc.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,Thursday01:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hear Lab
(205) 413-8806
1651 Independence Court Ste 151
Homewood, AL
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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Eastern Shore Ear Nose And
(251) 517-0407
188 Hospital Dr Ste 101
Fairhope, AL
Hours
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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Alabama Dept Of Voc Rehab Svc
(205) 413-8858
236 Goodwin Crest Dr Bldg 2
Birmingham, AL
Services
Services * Alabama''s Early Intervention System ( AEIS ) * Children''s Rehabilitation Service ( CRS ) * Vocational Rehabilitation Service ( VRS ) * State of Alabama Independent Living / Homebound Service ( SAIL ) Unique in the nation, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services is comprised of state and federal programs that provide a continuum of services from birth through life for Alabamians with disabilities. ADRS has four major programs:Alabama''s Early Intervention Syste
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North Alabama Ear Nose Throat
(256) 513-4711
927 Franklin St SE Ste 100
Huntsville, AL
Services
Hearing loss affects millions of people in the United States. Untreated hearing loss can be frustrating and isolating. According to a study by the National Council on Aging, people with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression and anxiety, and participate less in social activities than those wearing hearing aids. Reasons for resisting include people just need to speak more clearly, my hearing''s not bad enough, my friend doesn''t like her hearing aid, I don''t want people
Hours
SundayClosed ,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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Physicians Hearing Center @ ENTcare
(888) 856-3892
4300 W Main St Ste 403
Dothan, AL
Services
Physicians Hearing Center provides the following services, at two convenient locations in Dothan:Comprehensive Audiological Hearing Evaluations for Children and AdultsNewborn Hearing ScreeningsTinnitus EvaluationsEarwax RemovalHearing Loss CounselingHearing Aid EvaluationsHearing Aid SalesAssistive Listening DevicesCustom Hearing protection, Ear molds, and Swim moldsMiddle Ear Function TestingENG Testing and Dizziness Treatment and Evaluations (Physicians Balance Center, also a division of ENTca
Hours
SundayClosed ,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 - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Auburn University
(334) 246-0224
1199 Haley Ctr
Auburn, AL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 AM ,SaturdayClosed
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Speech & Hearing Center
(251) 295-9315
5721 USA Drive N Room 1119
Mobile, AL
Hours
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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