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Cochlear Implants Kalamazoo MI

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Constance Brown Hearing Centers
(269) 200-4025
1634 Gull Rd
Kalamazoo, MI
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Industrial Audiology Free Hearing Aid Cleaning Speaker Bureau Getting More From Your Hearing Aids Diagnostic hearing evaluations to identify the degree and type of hearing loss, with medical or other professional consultation and referral, as indicated.Hearing aid evaluation and prescription to ensure the most appropriate selection and use.Fitting, adjustments and client training for effective hearing aid use. Thirty day evaluation with prescribed hearing aids to ensure satisfaction.Industrial A
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Paragon Health PC
(269) 200-4021
501 S Drake Rd
Kalamazoo, MI
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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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Marquette General Hospital
(906) 373-8640
580 W College Ave
Marquette, MI
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Diabetic ServicesEmergency DepartmentEmployee Assistance ProgramFastCareHand SurgeryMemory Loss CenterOccupational MedicineOrgan DonationPain ANetworkPatient AccessPlastic SurgeryRespiratory CareSports Medicine InstituteTelehealthVascular ServicesVolunteersMetabolic & Bariatric ServicesNon-Surgical Weight Mgt.Surgical Weight Mgt. Weight QuestionsFood & Nutrition ServicesNorth Country Cafe MenuAnalysis of Food ItemsRecipesNutrition and Wellness/DiabetesNutritional CounselingNutrition and Medicine
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Personalized Hearing Care
(248) 782-6314
321 Pettibone St Ste 105
South Lyon, MI
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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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Oakland Audiology
(248) 257-5688
4202 Pontiac Lake Rd
Waterford, MI
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Western Michigan University-
(269) 200-4026
1000 Oakland Dr
Kalamazoo, MI
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Fluke Hearing Instruments
(734) 237-1699
37771 7 Mile Rd
Livonia, MI
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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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Mosa Audiology
(810) 355-2637
2305 Genoa Business Park Dr Suite 160
Brighton, MI
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Our Services Assistive Listening Devices Ear molds & customized protective devicesEar Wax RemovalHearing aids Hearing aid batteries Hearing aid cleaning/servicing Rehabilitative therapies
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Michigan Medical PC
(616) 431-4049
4969 Lake Dr SE Ste # 315
Grand Rapids, MI
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Our Specialties & ServicesBelow is a listing of the specialties and services mmpc offers. Click on a specific specialty to learn more. mmpc has over 200 physicans throughout West Michigan including the areas of Coopersville, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Greenville, Holland, Rockford and Zeeland. American Cancer Society Cattle Barron''s Ball 2010 Sponsor Allergy/Immunology Arthritis SpecialistsAudiology Bariatric Surgery Breast Care ServicesCardiovascular ServicesCenter for A
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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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