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Cochlear Implants Chandler AZ

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in Chandler, AZ. 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.

Desert Hearing Care
(888) 903-7671
9670 E Riggs Rd Ste 105
Sun Lakes, AZ
Services
Audiological Services:Complete Hearing EvaluationsAudiometry - pure tone air & boneSpeech audiometry and speech in noise testingVideo Otoscopic Exams & Cerumen RemovalTympanometry - middle ear evaluations & medical referralsReal Ear MeasurementsHearing Instruments - All Major Brands, Styles and Technologies in All Price RangesVerification of Optimum Hearing CorrectionExclusive Peace Of Mind service planDigital Listening DemonstrationsAssistive Listening Devices - telephones, FM systems, TV Ears,
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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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Tri-City Audiology
(888) 690-1469
595 N Dobson Rd Ste D79
Chandler, AZ
Services
* Basic audiological assessment * Impedance testing for middle ear function * Hearing aid evaluations and dispensing * Oto-Acoustic Emissions * Evaluation and treatment for Tinnitus * Site-of-lesion testing for hearing loss * Earmolds for noise and water protection * Assistive listening devices (FM, IR, loops) * Hearing aid batteries and accessories * Individual hearing conservation consultations * Speaker''s bureau for organizations * Training for health assista
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 12:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Arizona Otolaryngology
(480) 374-8273
1520 S Dobson Rd Ste 305
Mesa, AZ
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SundayClosed
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Hearing Solutions Of Arizona
(480) 422-9580
2501 E Southern Ave Ste 21
Tempe, AZ
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SundayClosed
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East Valley Hearing Center, Inc.
(480) 374-5131
6262 E Broadway Rd Ste 103
Mesa, AZ
Services
Our "Individual Profile" determines whether your hearing impairment is natural or requires medical attention. An audiologist can determine the type of hearing loss and recommend the best approach to improving your hearing if amplification is appropriate. If a medical evaluation is required, we will refer you to your family physician or ear specialist, as needed. We work closely with most physicians in the East Valley. East Valley Hearing Center is a diagnostic and treatment facility that offers
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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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Arizona Hearing and Balance
(480) 374-8105
225 S. Dobson Road
Chandler, AZ
Services
Acoustic Neuroma Tumors of the Skull Base Tumors of the Ear Chronic Ear Disease Facial Nerve Disorders Hearing Loss Balance Disorders Ménière’s Disease Cochlear Implants Otosclerosis Noise-induced Hearing Loss
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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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Harper Hearing Services
(888) 897-0586
1007 E Warner Rd Ste 105
Tempe, AZ
Services
Audiological AssessmentsHearing AidsRepairsCustom Earmolds and Protective EarplugsAssistive Listening and Alerting DevicesBatteries and Hearing Aid AccessoriesAural Rehabilitation and Education
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 PM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Tri City Audiology LLC
(888) 466-7302
2034 E Southern Ave Ste I
Tempe, AZ
Services
* Basic audiological assessment * Impedance testing for middle ear function * Hearing aid evaluations and dispensing * Oto-Acoustic Emissions * Evaluation and treatment for Tinnitus * Site-of-lesion testing for hearing loss * Earmolds for noise and water protection * Assistive listening devices (FM, IR, loops) * Hearing aid batteries and accessories * Individual hearing conservation consultations * Speaker''s bureau for organizations * Training for health assista
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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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Valley ENT PC
(888) 433-4710
5110 E Warner Rd Ste 100
Phoenix, AZ
Services
Valley ENT uses technologically advanced equipment and techniques to give our patients the best care in the most medically effective way possible with the least disruption to their everyday lives.Our physicians and staff members take the time to listen and go above and beyond the normal scope of duties to help our patients resolve questions and concerns.Ear, Nose, and ThroatCT Scanning for ENTAudiologyHearing loss and hearing evaluations Hearing aids and assistive listening devicesDizziness and
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Tri-City Audiology, LLC
(480) 374-8986
6550 E Broadway Rd Ste 206
Mesa, AZ
Services
Comprehensive audiological assessment. Testing for all ages availsble. Impedance testing to assess middle ear function. Acoustic reflex measures. Cerumen management. Speech-in-noise testing. Hearing instrument evaluations and dispensing. Minor in-office repairs. Bluetooth connectivity with hearing instruments. Otoacoustic emission testing to assess outer hair cell integrity. Tinnitus and hyperacusis consultations, evaluations, and management programs including Tinnitus retraining Therapy (TRT)
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 12:30 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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