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Cochlear Implants Mc Kinney TX

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Calvert Hearing Care
(972) 468-0472
109 Central Expy N Ste 533
Allen, TX
Services
We provide comprehensive hearing care services for all age groups. We specialize in hearing loss and dispensing state-of-the-art digital hearing instrument technology. In addition, we evaluate and treat balance disorders for the dizzy patient.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Center Of Allen
(972) 439-1268
1105 Central Expy N Ste 210
Allen, TX
Services
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.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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SHARP HEARING - The Audiology Center
(972) 535-8426
4012 W Park Blvd Ste A
Plano, TX
Services
Hearing Evaluations, Hearing Aids, Assistive Listening Devices, Hearing Aid Maintenace and Repairs, Tinnitus Evaluations and Tinnitus Treatments.
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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Alliance Hearing Solutions
(972) 468-8053
4708 Alliance Blvd Ste 780
Plano, TX
Services
Hearing aid consultation, evaluation, fitting, and counseling, 100% digital hearing instruments, 30-day evaluation period, Hearing aid repairs, Loss/Damage/Repair Insurance, Maintenance Accessories, Interest-free payment options. Diagnostic Audiology. Custom ear plugs (swimmers, hunters, music-lovers)
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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Calvert Hearing Care
(888) 473-2316
2645 Arapaho Rd Ste 121
Garland, TX
Hours
SundayClosed
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Allen Hearing Clinic
(972) 468-0473
915 W Exchange Pkwy Ste 180A
Allen, TX
Services
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 TestingIf a hearing loss i
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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North Dallas ENT
(469) 685-1542
5425 W Spring Creek Pkwy Ste 170
Plano, TX
Services
Drs. J. Robert Wyatt, Allison N. Wyll and Colin D. Pero specialize in Otolaryngology-the medical and surgical treatment of problems of the ears, nose and throat. We offer a full range of adult and pediatric services for these problems, all with a focus on patient safety. To give you a better idea of how we can help you, we’ve included a brief description of each service we provide, as well as a link to more detailed information.AdultBecause of the ear, nose and throat are closely related
Hours
MondayOpen by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Enhanced Hearing Professionals
(972) 535-8361
5957 Dallas Pkwy Ste 100
Plano, TX
Services
Services Provided:Clinical diagnosis and examination of the ears, nose, throat, sinus, head and neck Allergy management Allergy testing and treatment Hearing Assessment/Audiology Hearing aids
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 - 03:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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North Texas
(972) 535-8428
6300 W Parker Rd Ste 326
Plano, TX
Hours
SundayClosed
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ENT Consultants of N. Texas
(972) 468-8108
7150 N. George Bush Hwy Ste 202
Garland, TX
Hours
SundayClosed
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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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