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Cochlear Implants Johnson City TN

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East Tennessee Hearing Center
(423) 218-4372
112 E Myrtle Ave Ste 504
Johnson City, TN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Mountain Empire Eye Physicians
(423) 217-4331
3185 W State St Ste 2010
Bristol, TN
Hours
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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Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Ctr.
(615) 358-0113
9302 Mce South Tower 1215 21st Ave South
Nashville, TN
Services
Monroe Carell Jr. Children''s Hospital at VanderbiltThe Vanderbilt Clinic (TVC)Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer CenterNashville Veterans Administration Medical Center (VA)Vanderbilt University School of MedicineVanderbilt University School of NursingAnnette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library (EBL)
Hours
SundayClosed
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Brentwood Hearing & Hearing Aid Center
(615) 247-5289
5544 Franklin Pike Ste 100
Nashville, TN
Services
Hearing assessment for all ages Hearing aid prescription and fitting of the full range of hearing aids including digital technology Counseling and rehabilitation for patients and their families Assistive listening devices for telephone, television, and public areas Swim molds, ear molds, and noise protectors
Hours
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 - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Greater Knoxville ENT
(865) 329-6098
7557-A Dannaher Way Ste 210
Powell, TN
Services
* Allergy drops * Conventional therapyEar * Audiology * Balance Disorders * Ear Infections * Tinnitus * Ear SurgeryHearing Aids * Hearing Loss * RingingNose * Nosebleeds * Sinus Disorders * Nasal ObstructionThroat * Throat Disorders * Voice Disorders * Swallowing Disorders * Salivary Glands * Tonsils & AdenoidsSleep Disorders * Sleep Apnea * Snoring * Pillar ImplantsCancer of the Head & Neck * Oral Cancer * Laryngeal Cancer * Skin
Hours
Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday01:30 PM - 03:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Holston Medical Group
(423) 343-4074
105 West Stone Drive Ste 4D
Kingsport, TN
Services
Ambulatory Surgery Centers Audiology Behavioral Health Clinical Research Healthy U Hospital Team Integrated Health Management Laboratory & X-Ray Long Term Care Outpatient Diagnostic Centers Rehabilitation Sleep Centers Urgent Care
Hours
SundayClosed
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HEAR Services
(865) 730-4332
800 Oak Ridge Tpke Ste C101
Oak Ridge, TN
Services
* Diagnostic audiological evaluations for all ages * Immittance testing for analyzing middle ear status * Otoacoustic Emission testing to establish cochlear status * Newborn hearing screenings * Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) * Canalith Repositioning for the “dizzy” patient suffering from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) * Hearing aid evaluations and fitting * Service and repair of most makes and models of hearing aids
Hours
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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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East Tennessee Hearing Center
(423) 218-4372
112 E Myrtle Ave Ste 504
Johnson City, TN
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Appalachian Audiology PLLC
(865) 686-6577
130 Mabry Hood Rd Ste 103
Knoxville, TN
Hours
SundayClosed
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Middle Tennessee ENT
(888) 482-8556
1370 Gateway Blvd Ste 100
Murfreesboro, TN
Services
Cerumen RemovalWe provide basic ear wax removal.Dizziness and Vertigo EvaluationsMany people suffer from dizziness. Fortunately, the most common kind of dizziness can be treated in the office. For other types of dizziness, a full vestibular evaluation may be required.Ear MoldsWe have many types of custom earplugs including custom swim molds, custom noise protection earmolds, custom hands-free cell phone earmolds, custom iPod earplugs, custom musician earplugs, and more. We also have Doc-Pro Plug
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 AM ,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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