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Cochlear Implants Lansing MI

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Hearing Health Center
(866) 413-8836
1200 E Michigan Ave Ste 330
Lansing, MI
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Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance to OSHA guidelines.Diagnostic TestingTinnitus Evaluation
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Mid Michigan ENT
(888) 387-3470
1500 Abbot Rd Ste 400
East Lansing, MI
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We treat pediatric and adult ear, nose and throat disorders, sleep disorders, diagnostic audiology procedures, diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders, dispense hearing aids, speech and language services, videostroboscopy, botox injections for spasmodic dysphonia and BAHA (bone anchored hearing device) installation, balloon sinuplasty and ENG and ABR.
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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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Western Michigan University-
(269) 200-4026
1000 Oakland Dr
Kalamazoo, MI
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Lakeshore Health Partners
(616) 499-2304
577 Michigan Ave Ste 101
Holland, MI
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ENT SERVICESThe Ear There are many conditions that affect the inner, middle and outer portions of the ear. Trained in both the medical and surgical elements of the ear, our physicians are able to offer treatment of hearing difficulties, ear infections, balance disorders, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), nerve pain, trauma, wax accumulation and facial and cranial nerve disorders. The practice also treats pediatric patients for chronic ear infections and hearing problems. Sensorineural (nerve) heari
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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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Mosa Audiological Services
(734) 508-3111
420 W Russell St Ste 101
Saline, MI
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Assistive Listening Devices Ear molds & customized protective devicesEar Wax RemovalHearing aids Hearing aid batteries Hearing aid cleaning/servicing Rehabilitative therapies Your health care provider may request certain hearing evaluations and assessments. Based on your individual needs, among the tests that may be performed by MOSA Audiology are:
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Dynamic Audiology Inc.
(888) 317-9176
3410 Belle Chase Way Ste 700
Lansing, MI
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Gerald L. Gilroy D O P C
(517) 489-3114
231 W Lake Lansing Rd Ste 500
East Lansing, MI
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Henry Ford Health System
(586) 580-8767
14500 Hall Rd
Sterling Heights, MI
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Lucas Hearing Aid Service
(586) 782-4920
26501 Hoover Rd
Warren, MI
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* Device Rentals & Trials * Free Hearing Screenings * Nursing Home Visits * Hospital Visits * And More!
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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 ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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McDonald Audiology
(616) 723-8464
4444 Kalamazoo Ave Se
Grand Rapids, MI
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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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