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Cochlear Implants Green Bay WI

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in Green Bay, WI. Includes detailed information on local businesses that give access to hospitals, hearing specialists, hearing centers as well as information on audiologist and content on hearing loss.

Wisconsin Hearing Service
(920) 367-0557
1566 W Mason St Ste 2
Green Bay, WI
Services
Hearing AidsHearing instruments are available from several manufacturers. We will match technology to your needs and lifestyle, as well as your budget. We believe in providing the latest technology with the greatest of personalized care - this includes walking you through the adjustment period and providing you with education regarding hearing aid use and care. Aural Rehabilitation and auditory training are also part of the process that allows you to get the best use of your hearing and your hea
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About Better Care Audiology
(920) 268-4574
West 3124 Van Roy Road
Appleton, WI
Services
Our mission is to improve the quality of patients’ lives through high quality audiology diagnostics, counseling and recommendations that will make a difference in the lives of our patients. About Better Care Audiology specializes in auditory processing disorders, advanced digital hearing aids, and assistive listening devices.
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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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Aurora Advanced
(262) 375-3700
215 Washington St Cedar Creek Center
Grafton, WI
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Aurora Advanced Healthcare offers Walk-In Services seven days a week at six clinic locations in the greater Milwaukee area, with no appointment required.Our Walk-In Services department primarily responds to minor injuries and illnesses that may not require a trip to the hospital or emergency room. Medical care including children''s cuts, sudden sprains or severe cold symptoms can be treated quickly and effectively at any of Aurora Advanced Healthcare''s Walk-In Services locations. Each Walk-In S
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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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All Saints Medical Group
(262) 584-4069
3801 Spring St
Racine, WI
Services
At Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, we are committed to offering services and programs that feature specially-trained clinical staff, life-saving technology, and state-of-the-art facilities to address some of the most complex medical, surgical, and behavioral conditions.Programs and ServicesHeart CareOur cardiologists are internationally known for the diagnosis and treatment of complex cardiovascular care and have been involved in many firsts in Wisconsin and the nation. They are respected for the
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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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Beaver Dam Family Hearing Care
(920) 319-4738
Vita Park Medical Clinics 705 S University Ave Ste 170
Beaver Dam, WI
Services
Beaver Dam Family Hearing Care provides comprehensive audiology care and services to people of all ages. No matter your hearing needs, we are committed to deliver excellence with a "People First" philosophy.
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Professionals
(262) 649-1348
2205 N Calhoun Rd
Brookfield, WI
Services
Puzzled about your hearing loss? The Hearing Professionals can help! With all the options you have for improving your hearing why take chances? We provide you with the best audiological services and care, and can help you understand the real differences between hearing aids. We believe there’s more to better hearing than just providing you with a hearing aid.Audiological EvaluationAn audiological evaluation consists of several different components: a case history, physical examination of t
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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
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Marshfield Clinic-Lakeland
(888) 849-5044
9601 Townline Rd PO Box 1390
Minocqua, WI
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Medical Specialties and ServicesAllergyAmbulatory SurgeryAnesthesiologyAudiologyCancer Care(including Palliative Medicine) Child Development CenterDermatology (skin, hair, nails) Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)Emergency MedicineEndocrinologyFamily MedicineGastroenterologyGeneral Surgery(including Bariatric Surgery) Health Screening UnitHeart CareHospitalistsInfectious DiseaseInternal MedicineNephrologyNeurosciences(Neurology, Neuro-surgery and Neuropsychology) Obstetrics and GynecologyOccupational He
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Beloit Memorial Hospital Inc.
(608) 713-4266
1969 W Hart Rd
Beloit, WI
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Whether your loved one needs dialysis, joint replacement, or counseling for depression, Beloit Health System is here for you. We offer comprehensive medical programs for you and your family. * Ambulatory Care or Outpatient Surgery * At-Home Healthcare * Audiology * Birth Refresher Class * Breastfeeding Class * Cancer Care Center * Cardiac Rehab * Cardiology * Community Links * Counseling Care Center * Counseling Care Center: Alcohol and Drug Addictions * Coun
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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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Dean East Clinic Audiology
(608) 338-1540
1821 S Stoughton Rd
Madison, WI
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ENT Associates
(262) 988-4103
13133 N Port Washington Rd Ste 226
Mequon, WI
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State of the Art Surgical Procedures, Allergy, CT Scanner, and Audiology: Our licensed audiologists are dedicated to providing quality hearing health care. We offer complete hearing evaluations and treatment for adults, children, and infants. Advanced diagnostic testing, including nerve function, middle ear and balance testing, is also available when requested by the physician.If appropriate, the audiologist can fit hearing aids and assistive listening devices using state-of-the-art computerized
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SundayClosed ,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 ,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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