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Cochlear Implants Duluth MN

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Hearing Associates
(866) 960-7361
4905 Matterhorn Dr
Duluth, MN
Services
Diagnostic Testing, Tinnitus Evaluation and Treatment, Dispensing of Digital Hearing Aids, Hearing Aid Checks and Servicing, Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 06:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 06:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Minnesota Hearing Aid Prof.
(763) 515-7850
9550 Upland Ln N Suite 200 Grove Health Bldg.
Maple Grove, MN
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 ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Minnesota Hearing Aid Prof.
(651) 323-2449
602 Garden View Medical Bldg. 347 North Smith Avenue
Saint Paul, MN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology Concepts, Inc.
(952) 232-5499
6444 Xerxes Ave S
Edina, MN
Services
We offer you: •Concierge level attention •Wireless Technology Suite •Sound Space™ Listening Experience •Efficiency and Timeliness •Sound Suite Testing •Multi Media Technologies •State of the Art Diagnostic Equipment•Blue tooth products(telephone and TV)•Doctoral level audiologist•Highly skilled support staff•Interactive Audiotory Experience•Cutting Edge Technologies
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday07:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Jackson Medical Equipment Inc
(651) 323-2032
982 Thomas Ave
Saint Paul, MN
Services
What services do we provide with every hearing device purchase?We pride ourselves on making the experience of purchasing a hearing device as painless as possible. We do this by including the Complete Hearing Health Care Package with every purchase, which includes:Free batteries for the life of your hearing devices Free, no obligation 2-week evaluations of your devices Quarterly cleanings and adjustments Reprogramming of hearing devices Audiometric screenings 2 year repair and 1 year loss and dam
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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Hearing Solutions
(952) 232-5498
1581 Highway Seven
Hopkins, MN
Services
# State-of-the-art Hearing Testing / Diagnostic Evaluations# Video Inspection of Ear Drums – Wax Removal# Tinnitus Evaluation (head noises or ringing or buzzing) Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, Noise Generators# Authorized Factory Repair of Most Hearing Aids# (EFS) Environmental Sound Simulator to realistically fit and adjust hearing aids in simulated noisy and group situations.# Authorized Factory Repair of Most Name Brand Hearing Aids# 45-Day Adjustment and Adaptation Period# Hearing Aid Le
Hours
SundayOpen by Appointment ,Monday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Hearing Health Clinic
(952) 232-5418
1017 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN
Services
At Hearing Health Clinic our goal is to provide you with the best possible hearing care, based upon your individual needs. We provide a comprehensive array of services related to evaluation, rehabilitation and prevention of hearing impairment. These services include comprehensive hearing evaluations, specialized testing, auditory training, and aural rehabilitation.
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 ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Allina Medical DBA Aspen M C
(651) 323-2040
1020 Bandana Blvd W
Saint Paul, MN
Hours
SundayClosed
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Minnesota Hearing Aid Prof.
(763) 515-2292
3960 Coon Rapids Blvd Nw 201 Mercy Health Care Center
Minneapolis, MN
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 ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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River Valley Hearing Care Ctr
(888) 484-6849
1830 Commerce Dr
North Mankato, MN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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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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