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Cochlear Implants Portland OR

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in Portland, OR. Includes detailed information on local businesses that give access to hospitals, hearing specialists, hearing centers as well as information on audiologist and content on hearing loss.

Portland Ear Testing Center
(503) 928-5731
921 NW 18th Ave
Portland, OR
Services
Digital Hearing DevicesEar MoldsCustomized Hearing AidsEar ImplantsCutting-Edge Testing Procedures We Offer Brand Names Such As Widex™Since 1978, clients from all over Portland and beyond have trusted Portland Ear Testing Center to pinpoint their hearing level of difficulty. Our certified and licensed audiologists will answer any question you have. We pride ourselves on offering our clients the comprehensive solutions they need so they can hear clearly again.
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SundayClosed
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Audiology Center NW LLC
(503) 821-7584
825 NE 20th Ave Ste 230
Portland, OR
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Audiology Associates
(503) 928-8255
1849 NW Kearney St Ste 200
Portland, OR
Services
Audiology Associates has been providing hearing healthcare services to the Portland area for over 40 years. We offer comprehensive hearing tests for adults and children. We dispense the latest technology in hearing aids and also provide custom hearing protection devices.
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Able Hearing (ablehearing.com)
(503) 928-3748
3443 SE 39th Ave
Portland, OR
Services
Hearing frustrations relieved. Full service dispensing, fitting, evaluating, counseling. Full service repair. Ear molds. Parts,accessories and repairs. Otoscopy and tympanometry.
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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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Wesley Lewis MD LLC
(503) 928-3921
2222 NW Lovejoy St Ste 607
Portland, OR
Services
* What is Tinnitus? * Your Hearing System * Selectivity and Attention * Habituation * Anxiety, Tension, and Learning How to Relax * Relaxation Exercises * Sound Therapy * Recreation and Health * Hyperacusis * Earplugs * Temporary Deafness and Temporary Tinnitus * Further Information and Help
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Portland State University
(503) 928-3735
724 SW Harrison St NH85 PO Box 751
Portland, OR
Services
Located on the Portland State University campus, the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinics provide services to individuals with communication disorders. The clinics are open to the university community as well as the general public, serving all age groups. Individuals with communication difficulties receive comprehensive evaluation and treatment of disorders related to speech, language and/or hearing. Referrals are accepted from various sources including self-referrals, parents, public school spe
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Pacific Audiology Clinic
(888) 660-4148
5331 SW Macadam Ave Ste 395
Portland, OR
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We provide services such as hearing screenings, cleanings, minor repairs, otoscopic examinations and cerumen removal. This service allows the residents to receive this free service in the comfort of their own homes.
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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R Sterling Hodgson MD
(503) 928-3778
1849 NW Kearney St Suite 200
Portland, OR
Services
Hearing Services from Audiology AssociatesAudiology Associates offers a variety of services related to your complete hearing healthcare. We provide you with state of the art hearing aid services including custom hearing aid programming and repairs, and complete diagnostic hearing tests. Visit our Products section for information on a variety of hearing aids, custom noise and swim plugs, and accessories and assistive listening devices for the hearing impaired person. Audiology Associates Services
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Pacific Audiology Clinic
(503) 928-3413
5010 NE 33rd Ave Ste A
Portland, OR
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Pacific Audiology Clinic is a women-owned and operated clinic. We are dedicated to your success in achieving better hearing. We pride ourselves in offering you high quality assessments and various treatment options for all of your hearing needs. We offer such services as, audiologic assessments, hearing aid evaluations, hearing aid fittings, hearing aid repairs and cleanings, and cerumen removal just to name a few. We are able to schedule visits for residents at Assisted Living Facilities, by ap
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Center at MT Hood ENT
(503) 928-5763
10101 SE Main St Ste 2004
Portland, OR
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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 ,Friday09:30 AM - 11:30 PM ,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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