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Cochlear Implants Hickory NC

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in Hickory, NC. 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.

Carolina Audiology
(828) 358-0416
256C 10th Ave NE
Hickory, NC
Services
Hearing Aid Consultations, State-of-the-Art Digital Hearing Aids in a range of sizes and prices, Affordable Hearing Aid Repairs, Hearing Aid Batteries and Accessories, Custom Ear Molds including: Swim molds Hearing protection Musician earplugs, Assistive Listening Devices, Patient Educational Classes
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Coastal Hearing Centers
(910) 816-4213
302 Liberty St
Whiteville, NC
Hours
SundayClosed
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Wilmington Hearing Specialists
(910) 338-2905
3909 Wrightsville Ave # 110
Wilmington, NC
Services
Home What We Do Who We Are How To See Us Contact UsHearing TestingAuditory Processing EvaluationsBalance EvaluationsHearing Aid Evaluations, Fittings 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 ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Piedmont Hearing and Balance Center
(704) 253-4323
707 Bryant St
Statesville, NC
Services
In order to serve all of your hearing needs, during and after your assessment, Piedmont Hearing and Balance Center provides a full range of benefits at no additional cost to you. Our goal is to provide the best in care and service to make your experience as satisfying as possible.We offer:**A 60 Day evaluation period. We will earn your trust by giving you the opportunity to evaluate your new hearing instruments in your everyday environment. Working with you, our skilled audiologist will help fin
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Appalachian State University
(828) 355-4246
Speech And Hearing Center University Hall
Boone, NC
Hours
SundayClosed
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Carolina Audiology
(704) 445-7660
751 S Laurel St
Lincolnton, NC
Services
We provide a broad range of medical services, and care routinely for:Carolina Ear, Nose & Throat Head and Neck Surgery Center, P.A * Pediatric ear, nose, and throat disease * Voice and reflux disorders * Ear disease and hearing disorders * Sinus and nasal disease * Snoring and sleep apnea * Thyroid disorders * Head and neck cancer Carolina Audiology Clinic * Functional and neurologic hearing disorders * Vestibular/Balance disorders * Hearing AidsCarolina Sinus and A
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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The Ear Center
(336) 295-1055
1126 N Church St Ste 201
Greensboro, NC
Services
Ear disorders and hearing lossHearing restorationEar, nose, and throat disordersEar tubes and Tonsillectomy & AdenoidectomyMiddle ear and Mastoid surgeryOssicular Reconstruction SurgeryOtosclerosis and StapedectomiesNasal and Sinus diseaseHearing evaluation & testingHearing aids and hearing implants for hearing restorationCochlear implants, BAHA implants, and advanced Implantable Hearing Device technologyEnvoy ESTEEM Totally Implantable Hearing DeviceBalance/vertigo disorders and testingHearing
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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Wake Aud & Hrg Aid Assoc PLLC
(919) 728-9652
1954 S Main St
Wake Forest, NC
Services
* Adult and Pediatric Hearing Evaluations * Speech In Noise tests * Tinnitus Evaluations * Tympanometry/Acoustic Reflexes * Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) * Hearing Aids in all styles and technologies * Batteries and Accessories * Treatment for Benign Positional Vertigo (BPPV) * Assistive Listening and Alerting Devices * Amplified telephones * Industrial audiograms * School and employment audiograms * Hearing protection (custom & stock) * Musician''s earplugs
Hours
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 - 12:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Mark A. Kenzik, M.A. CCC- A
(828) 490-4754
1727 Brevard Rd
Hendersonville, NC
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 PM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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WNC Hearing Aid Svcs
(828) 484-4301
63 Monticello Rd
Weaverville, NC
Services
Hearing Testing for determination of hearing aid eligibility Occupational Hearing Testing Counseling involving Hearing Aid amplification Referral Source to Otolarghinologists Sales and Service of most major brands of hearing aids Minor repairs done in office Cleaning & Adjustments Assistive listening devices Batteries & other consumables Speciality Hearing Devices Availibility in all of Western North Carolina
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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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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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