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Cochlear Implants Boulder CO

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Boulder Community Hospital
(303) 857-5339
1100 Balsam Ave Audiology Dept
Boulder, CO
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Family Hearing Center
(303) 731-1334
3059 Walnut St
Boulder, CO
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Boulder County Gold---Best Hearing Aid Provider 2010-Diagnostic Audiological Evaluations-Hearing Aid Evaluations-Hearing Aid Fitting and Dedicated Follow-up-Repair and Remake of All Hearing Aid Makes and Models-Wax Removal-Hearing Aid Batteries-Assistive Listening Devices-Ear/Swim/Musician Plugs-Education on Individual Hearing Needs-Aural Rehabilitation and Family Counseling-Tinnitus TherapyIf you have questions/concerns that aren''t covered above, give us a call and we''ll see what we can do to
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Hearing Rehabilitation Center
(303) 532-5816
2350 17th Ave Ste 102
Longmont, CO
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Our expert staff of Audiologists at Hearing Rehab Center provide hearing healthcare services. These include Hearing Testing, Dispensing of Digital Hearing Aids, Hearing Aid Checks & Servicing and Assistive Listening Devices.
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Longmont Hearing Center
(303) 857-5653
1146 Francis St
Longmont, CO
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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 ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Rehabilitation Center
(303) 731-2534
7850 Vance Dr Ste 195
Arvada, CO
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Hearing TestingDispensing of Digital Hearing AidsHearing Aid Checks and ServicingAssistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
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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 PM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 02:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Boulder Valley Hearing Center
(303) 731-2539
4745 Arapahoe Ave Ste 130
Boulder, CO
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Family Hearing Center
(303) 731-2529
2770 Arapahoe Rd
Lafayette, CO
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Sunday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Family Hearing Center
(303) 731-2564
300 Nickel St
Broomfield, CO
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Hearing Loss is complex. Each person has a different auditory sensitivity and personal preference for the world of sound. Both the diagnostic aspect of the hearing assessment and the rehabilitative component should honor your individual needs.If you or a loved one has a hearing problem, you need to be confident that the provider of services and products is technically skilled and personally concerned. New Digital Hearing Aid products are capable of remarkable acoustical performance, but they dem
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 AM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Rehabilitation Center
(303) 835-3598
11654 Huron St Ste 110
Northglenn, CO
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Hearing Testing, Dispensing of Digital Hearing Aids, Hearing Aid Checks & Servicing and Assistive Listening Devices.
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Doctor''s Hearing Care
(303) 500-3177
3352 Youngfield Street Suite B
Wheat Ridge, CO
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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 - 02:30 PM
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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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