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Cochlear Implants Fayetteville AR

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Ear Nose Throat Center Of
(479) 202-4260
601 W Maple Ave Ste 213
Springdale, AR
Services
Ear, Nose, and Throat Center of the Ozarks is a full service otolaryngology-head and neck surgery clinic with expertise in treating both children and adults. Our clinic is equipped with modern video and endoscopic diagnostic instrumentation. We provide the most comprehensive range of audiology services in northwest Arkansas including hearing testing, hearing aid dispensing, cochlear implants (adults only), and vestibular (inner-ear balance) testing.Click here for information about our audiology
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Arkansas Otolaryngology Center
(888) 486-0122
10201 Kanis Rd
Little Rock, AR
Services
Arkansas Otolaryngology offers a full range of services for children and adults. We have 16 physicians and a staff of approximately 100. All of our physicians are board certified in otolaryngology. They specialize in ear, nose and throat, head and neck disorders and related problems. Our clinical staff includes licensed and experienced nurses, audiologists, radiological technologists, speech pathologists and a physical therapist. Our physicians have special areas of interest and expertise, inclu
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 PM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Frank Pamplin Audiology
(870) 663-0174
7500 Dollarway Rd St 103
Pine Bluff, AR
Services
Hearing AidsAnalog,programmable and digital hearing aids are available from a variety of manufacturers and in all sizes, from behind the ear to the completely in -the- canal.we believe in providing the latest technology with personalized care.Hearing Assistive TechnologyHearing Assistive Technology includes devices such as amplified telephones, cell phone accessories, television listening systems, alarm clocks, telephone and doorbell ring signalers, flashing smoke alarms, and personal listening
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM 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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Northwest Arkansas ENT Clinic
(479) 616-1798
5204 West Redbud Street
Rogers, AR
Services
Medical and Surgical Treatment of Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus and Neck DiseasesHearing Aid Evaluations & FittingsIndustrial Audiology
Hours
Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Lynne Raney AuD
(870) 639-4529
613 Thompson Ave
El Dorado, AR
Services
Hearing Testing for children and adults. Hearing aid sales and service.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Northwest Arkansas ENT Clinic
(479) 616-1798
5204 West Redbud Street
Rogers, AR
Services
Medical and Surgical Treatment of Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus and Neck DiseasesHearing Aid Evaluations & FittingsIndustrial Audiology
Hours
Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Center For Hearing, Ltd.
(479) 689-4025
4300 Rogers Ave Ste 15
Fort Smith, AR
Services
A diagnostic hearing test identifies auditory disorders that could cause a health concern or interfere with your ability to communicate. Following your test, we’ll give you a complete report of the results along with our recommendations. A typical hearing evaluation consists of: Air and bone conduction testing Helps to determine if a problem with your inner, outer or middle ear is contributing to your hearing difficulties. Speech reception thresholds Discovers the quietest level of spee
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Arkansas Ear, Nose & Throat
(501) 588-8245
4020 Richards Rd Ste B
North Little Rock, AR
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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South Arkansas Hearing Services
(870) 663-0172
1408 W 43rd Ave
Pine Bluff, AR
Services
Hearing Evaluations,Dispensing of hearing aids, hearing aid counseling, pediatric hearing evaluations and pediatric hearing aid fitting and hearing repair.
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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Audiology & Balance Services
(479) 250-1264
1501 SE Walton Blvd Ste 119
Bentonville, AR
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30 Day TrialThe state of Arkansas requires that anyone dispensing hearing aids allow a 30 day trial. This does not have to be free - some manufacturers charge a fee for making the instruments and earmolds also cost the dispenser. Always ask for a trial period. Always ask for a contract that puts everything in writing. If a dispenser refuses to allow you a trial period, do not purchase your aids from them. Balanced Ear usually charges for the trial, although this fee can be waived under certain c
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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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