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Cochlear Implants Bozeman MT

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Helton Hearing Care
(406) 551-6462
1008 N 7th Ave Ste H
Bozeman, MT
Services
Our Services- Hearing screenings for self-referred individuals- Hearing screenings for industry- Complete diagnostic evaluations for hearing loss- Tinnitus evaluation- Evaluation and consultation for assistive devices for TV, telephone, etc.- Hearing aid consultations and sales- In-house and factory hearing aid repairs- Custom earmolds for iPods and other personal listening devices- Custom swim plugs and hearing protectionWe provide services for numerous individuals and agencies including: - Phy
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 - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Helton Hearing Care
(406) 551-6462
1008 N 7th Ave Ste H
Bozeman, MT
Services
Our Services- Hearing screenings for self-referred individuals- Hearing screenings for industry- Complete diagnostic evaluations for hearing loss- Tinnitus evaluation- Evaluation and consultation for assistive devices for TV, telephone, etc.- Hearing aid consultations and sales- In-house and factory hearing aid repairs- Custom earmolds for iPods and other personal listening devices- Custom swim plugs and hearing protectionWe provide services for numerous individuals and agencies including: - Phy
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 - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Comprehensive Hearing Service
(406) 558-4616
2626 Winne Ave
Helena, MT
Services
At Comprehensive Hearing Services we provide a full range of audiological and hearing aid dispensing services to meet the needs of our patients. These services include:Free Initial Hearing ScreeningWax RemovalComprehensive Hearing EvaluationsOtoacoustic EmissionsNewborn Hearing ScreeningHearing Aid EvaluationsDispensing of Digital Hearing Aids from Leading ManufacturersFM Systems and Assistive Listening DevicesWireless communication to cell phones, TV, through the hearing aidsCustom Molds for Hu
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SundayClosed ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Vibrant Sound Works Inc Dba
(406) 203-4494
601 S Orange St
Missoula, MT
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 to OSHA guidelines.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Tuesday09:00 PM - 05:00 AM ,Wednesday09:00 PM - 05:00 AM ,Thursday09:00 PM - 05:00 AM ,Friday09:00 PM - 05:00 AM ,SaturdayClosed
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Moore Hearing
(406) 571-7048
10 Three Mile Dr
Kalispell, MT
Services
Hearing Aids, Hearing Testing, Tinnitus, Dizziness, Vertigo, Balance, Ringing in the Ears, Audiologists, Hearing Loss Treatment, Hearing Care, Ear Doctors, Ear Plugs, Hearing Protection, Custom Earplugs
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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Treasure State Hearing
(406) 551-6519
1165 N 14th Ave Ste 1
Bozeman, MT
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Idealics DBA The Hearing Place
(406) 564-1043
1301 11th Ave S Ste 3 - Evergreen Mall
Great Falls, MT
Hours
SundayClosed
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Treasure State Hearing
(406) 551-6519
1165 N 14th Ave Ste 1
Bozeman, MT
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Highland Hearing Center
(406) 565-4129
1369 Harrison Ave
Butte, MT
Services
Hearing tests, evaluations, hearing aid repair fitting and evaluation.VA EvaluationsConsultations and Rehabilitation Services
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Laurel Hearing Aid
(406) 628-0114
109 W Main St
Laurel, MT
Services
Hearing TestsHearing Aid Sales & ServiceHOUSECALLS AVAILABLE!
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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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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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