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Cochlear Implants Garland TX

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James B. Maddox MD PA
(972) 468-8025
777 Walter Reed Blvd Ste 200
Garland, TX
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We Offer Full Service for Your Ears and Hearing * Medical examination of your ears by a board-certified otolaryngologist (ear-nose-throat doctor) * Complete hearing evaluation by a Doctor of Audiology * Digital hearing aids * Full shell to completely-in-the-canal hearing aids available * Thirty (30) day trial period on all hearing aids * Extended repair warranties on all hearing aids * Loss and damage coverage on all hearing aids * Hearing aid batteries by mail at great p
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Calvert Hearing Care
(888) 473-2316
2645 Arapaho Rd Ste 121
Garland, TX
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White Rock ENT
(214) 506-1003
1130 Beachview St Ste 240
Dallas, TX
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The Audiology Center of Dallas at White Rock ENT offers comprehensive audiologic assessment and rehabilitation services that include: the latest digital amplification (hearing aids) and assistive communication devices (FM systems). Custom earmolds, including swim plugs (to keep moisture from entering the ear canal), and custom fit hearing protection (to help reduce damage when in a noisy environment)
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Texas Medical And Surgical
(214) 390-7944
8440 Walnut Hill Ln Ste 500
Dallas, TX
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ear, nose and throataudiologyobstetrics and gynecologypediatricsrheumatology
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North Texas Hearing Consultants
(214) 731-7078
8230 Walnut Hill Ln Ste 420
Dallas, TX
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Comprehensive Diagnostic Audiometric EvaluationsMiddle Ear Analysis Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions Vestibular Testing and TreatmentComplete Hearing Aid CareThis is an area where our practice truly shines. We take a lot of time upfront to determine exactly where you are having difficulties hearing and understanding. We then review the hearing solutions available to you and provide comprehensive counseling on what you can expect during the hearing aid fitting and each week after. The aud
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North Dallas ENT
(972) 468-8106
7150 N George Bush Hwy Ste 200
Garland, TX
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AdultBecause of the ear, nose and throat are closely related, a symptom in one place could be the result of a problem in another. We’ll take the time to carefully examine the source of your problem, then provide the most appropriate treatment. PediatricInfants and children experience ear, nose and throat problems that are unique to their young ages and require special equipment for hearing tests, a pediatric-trained anesthesiologist and dedicated operating rooms. Facial Plastic and Recons
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ENT Consultants of N. Texas
(972) 468-8108
7150 N. George Bush Hwy Ste 202
Garland, TX
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UT Southwestern Medical Center
(214) 731-7105
5323 Harry Hines Blvd Room G7.236
Dallas, TX
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Dallas Ear, Nose, & Throat
(214) 919-7015
9301 N Central Expressway Carrell Clinic Bldg -Ste 560
Dallas, TX
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diagnostic hearing evaluations, hearing aid consultations and dispensing, medical clearance for hearing aids, hearing aid repairs & service, assistive listening devices & amplified telephones, hearing protection for noise, hunter''s noise protection, musician''s monitors
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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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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UTD Callier Center
(888) 904-6215
811 Synergy Park Blvd
Richardson, TX
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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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