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Cochlear Implants Concord NC

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Hearing Healthcare Ctrs of NC
(704) 966-6126
9610 Sherrill Estates Rd Ste A
Huntersville, NC
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Exela Hearing Services LLC
(704) 323-5318
817 East Morehead St Ste 200
Charlotte, NC
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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ENT & Audiology Associates
(704) 243-8246
7006 Shannon Willow Rd
Charlotte, NC
Services
The physicians at ENT and Audiology Associates have trained at a Pediatric institution and are very experienced in the treatment of children with ear, nose, and throat disorders such as: recurrent or longstanding ear infections, tonsillar and adenoid disorders, hearing and speech problems, sinus and allergies, and the many congenital masses affecting the head and neck (thyroglossal duct cyst, branchial cleft cysts, dermoids). Adult ENT Services Our physicians are board certified Otolaryngologist
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MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment
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Carolina Ear & Hearing Clinic
(919) 887-2175
3100 Duraleigh Rd Ste 300
Raleigh, NC
Services
Treatment of Age-Related Hearing LossNoise-Induced Hearing LossTreatment of Acute Otitis MediaSudden Hearing LossWax Removal Autoimmune Hearing LossSwimmer’s EarBell’s PalsyChronic Middle Ear FluidMedical Treatment of Meniere’s Disease
Hours
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 - 05:00 PM
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Mountain Audiology
(828) 558-4001
61 Haywood Park Dr Ste B
Clyde, NC
Services
Our clinic chooses from a wide variety of manufacturers and models. As an Hearing Aid independent clinic,we are not limited to any one Hearing Aid brand or model, which means we can fit you with the right hearing instrument for your hearing loss.
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SundayClosed
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South Lake Audiology
(704) 257-7190
9710 Sam Furr Rd Unit D
Huntersville, NC
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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WNC Hearing Aid
(828) 558-4054
33 W Marshall St
Waynesville, NC
Services
Hearing Testing for determination of hearing aid eligibility Occupational Hearing Testing Counseling involving Hearing Aid amplification Referral Source to Otolarghinologists Sales and Service of most major brands of hearing aids Minor repairs done in office Cleaning & Adjustments Assistive listening devices Batteries & other consumables Speciality Hearing Devices Availibility in all of Western North Carolina
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SundayClosed
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Audio Of The Sandhills
(910) 684-5571
1902 N Sandhills Blvd Ste K
Aberdeen, NC
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SundayClosed
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Hearing Healthcare Ctrs of NC
(704) 461-1041
635 Cox Rd Ste C
Gastonia, NC
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 - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Physicians Hearing Services
(919) 887-2098
10010 Falls of Neuse Rd Ste 12
Raleigh, NC
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 12:00 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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