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Cochlear Implants Oakland CA

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Berkeley Hearing Center
(510) 292-4351
2118 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA
Services
Hearing Screenings offer a quick way to determine if your hearing thresholds are within the normal range, and if more in-depth testing is needed.Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations provide a more comprehensive assessment of your hearing thresholds and speech understanding ability, as well as the overall status of the auditory system. Hearing Aid Consultations allow a personalized selection of the type of amplification that best suits your needs, based upon your hearing thresholds, listening environme
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Hearing & Low Vision Solutions
(415) 508-4751
2480 Mission St Ste 101
San Francisco, CA
Services
Hearing tests.Sales,service & repairs on most major brands. Assistive listening devices, batteries. Se Habla Espanol.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Golden Gate Hearing Services
(415) 691-4957
1400 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA
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Diagnostic Audiometric evaluations, Hearing aid evaluations, custom earplugs, monitors, swim plugs.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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East Bay Hearing Service
(510) 342-3845
1260 A St Ste 100
Hayward, CA
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Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California
(415) 691-6307
1234 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA
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Adult hearing testing (audiogram, speech reception and word recognition testing).Pediatric audiologic testing (evaluation of children of all ages including any or all of the following special procedures auditory evoked potentials, otoacoustic emissions, visual reinforcement audiometry, and conditioned play audiometry).Imittance measures (assessment of middle ear system and acoustic reflexes).Otoacoustic emission (transient and distortion-based techniques to investigate cochlear function).Auditor
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Jeanette White Hearing Aid Center
(415) 691-6386
490 Post St Ste 526
San Francisco, CA
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Hearing instrument sales. Hearing testing. Repairing hearing instruments. Servicing of hearing instruments. Hearing instrument analysis to confirm correct fitting. We do custom earmold for swim plug, musician, law enforcement and news anchor.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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CSG Better Hearing, Inc.
(925) 478-3927
31 Panoramic Way First Floor
Walnut Creek, CA
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San Francisco Audiology
(415) 418-7308
2100 Webster St Ste 202
San Francisco, CA
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Audiological Services of San Francisco
(415) 691-4958
3150 California St Ste 1
San Francisco, CA
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1. Audiological EvaluationThis consists of a number of tasks (pure-tone audiometry, speech audiometry and impedance testing) performed in a sound-proof room, designed to determine which sounds of speech you can hear and how well you can distinguish differences between similar words such as tips, pits, fits, thin. Impedance measures the integrity of the middle ear system to determine how well the eardrum functions, to check if there is fluid behind the eardrum or to determine if there might be ot
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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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Musicians Hearing Services
(415) 418-7354
2220 15th St
San Francisco, CA
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AUDIOLOGIC SERVICESHearing EvaluationEar ImpressionsIn-Ear Monitor ConsultationIn-ear Sound Level Measurement/Recommendations for safe in-ear monitor use Referral for medical follow-up, oto-acoustic emissions testing, high frequency audiometry, tinnitus management, hearing aids Mobile/On-Site services: All non-referral audiology services are available on-site at rehearsal spaces, recording studios and music venues.
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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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