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Cochlear Implants Flint MI

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Exela Hearing Services LLC
(810) 275-0797
4325 Miller Rd
Flint, MI
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Personalized Hearing Care
(248) 782-6314
321 Pettibone St Ste 105
South Lyon, MI
Services
At Personalized Hearing Care, we offer the following services to our patients: * Comprehensive Hearing Tests * Middle Ear Testing/Tympanometry * Hearing Aid Evaluations * Digital Hearing Aids * Hearing Aid Repair (most brands) * Custom Earmolds * Swim Plugs * Noise Protection Devices * Musician Ear Plugs * Assistive Listening Devices * Counseling and EducationAs part of our hearing care services at Personalized Hearing Care of Westland, Michigan we can fit you wi
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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 ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Bloomfield Hearing
(248) 636-1856
44200 Woodward Ave Ste 201
Pontiac, MI
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We treat a simple sore throat as seriously as we do life-threatening sleep apnea, often suffered by people who snore heavily. We use the latest hearing aid technology to give our patients the hearing they need to enjoy life at its fullest. We re-sculpt noses, remove excessive eyelid tissue and give fuller lips for our patients who are unhappy with their looks or when they start to look older than they feel. We use minimally invasive techniques such as Botox injections, injectible fillers like co
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Oakland Audiology
(248) 257-5688
4202 Pontiac Lake Rd
Waterford, MI
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Ear Center Audiology
(313) 254-4338
2421 Monroe St Ste 201
Dearborn, MI
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•Comprehensive Hearing Tests •Middle Ear Testing/Tympanometry •Hearing Aid Evaluations •Digital Hearing Aids •Hearing Aid Repair (most brands) •Custom Earmolds •Swim Plugs •Noise Protection Devices •Musician Ear Plugs •Assistive Listening Devices •Counseling and Education
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Fluke Hearing Instruments
(810) 515-8927
3413 S Linden Rd
Flint, MI
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Bieri Hearing Instruments Inc.
(989) 607-9522
2650 McCarty Rd
Saginaw, MI
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At Bieri Hearing Services, we are committed to offering the finest in Hearing Services. We have the largest selection of hearing aids in Mid- Michigan to better serve our patients. Our licensed Audiologists will work with you to provide the best solution to your hearing difficulties. We have 6 convenient loctions to better serve our patients.Saginaw Office (Main office)2650 McCarty Rd.Saginaw, MI 48603(989) 793-2701Midland Office720 W. Wackerly Rd.Midland, MI 48642989) 839-8230Bay City Office (B
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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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Fluke Hearing Instruments
(517) 879-0559
2397 Shirley Dr
Jackson, MI
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Lifetime Hearing Service
(810) 637-5071
1273 Gratiot Blvd
Marysville, MI
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Lifetime Hearing Services specializes in hearing testing and hearing aid evaluations to determine the best amplification system for each patient. We carry a wide selection of the latest digital hearing instruments, assistive listening devices and custom ear protection products to accommodate individual lifestyles and budgets. Our complete services include:?Comprehensive hearing evaluations Medical referrals when necessary Hearing aid selection and fitting (optional Blue Tooth Technology availab
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Henry Ford Medical Center
(248) 419-4597
6777 W Maple Rd
West Bloomfield, MI
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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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