Help and Support for Hearing Loss

and other ear conditions such as tinnitus, Meniere’s disease and hyperacusis. Information on causes of hearing loss. Assistive devices for hearing impaired people.

Cochlear Implants Sioux Falls SD

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in Sioux Falls, SD. 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.

Stanford Hearing Aids
(605) 610-2473
301 W 14th St
Sioux Falls, SD
Services
Audiological and Hearing Aid Services
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Insurance

Mc Kennan Hospital
(605) 610-2500
1325 S Cliff Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Discover,Diners Club,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Hearing Health Centers
(888) 430-3450
3801 S Western Ave Ste 105
Sioux Falls, SD
Services
Assistive Listening Devices,Battery Program,Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations,Hearing Aid Clean and Checks,Hearing Aid Demonstrations,Hearing Aid Evaluations,Hearing Aid Fittings,Hearing Aid Repair Service,Hearing Health Club,Loaner Hearing Aids,Noise Protection,Tinnitus Diagnostics and Management,Video-Otoscopy and Wax Removal
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 PM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Mc Kennan Hospital
(605) 610-2500
1325 S Cliff Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Discover,Diners Club,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Mountain Plains
(605) 593-4701
1522 Mount Rushmore Rd
Rapid City, SD
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Hearing Health Centers
(888) 430-3450
3801 S Western Ave Ste 105
Sioux Falls, SD
Services
Assistive Listening Devices,Battery Program,Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations,Hearing Aid Clean and Checks,Hearing Aid Demonstrations,Hearing Aid Evaluations,Hearing Aid Fittings,Hearing Aid Repair Service,Hearing Health Club,Loaner Hearing Aids,Noise Protection,Tinnitus Diagnostics and Management,Video-Otoscopy and Wax Removal
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 PM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Midwest ENT Associates PC
(605) 610-2421
2315 W 57th St
Sioux Falls, SD
Services
The EarsHearing loss affects one in ten North Americans. The unique domain of Otolaryngologists is the treatment of ear disorders. They are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders. Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.The NoseAbout 35 million people develop chronic sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common
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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Discover,Cash,Check,Insurance

Hearing Health Clinics
(605) 277-4648
16 5th St NE
Watertown, SD
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Professional Hearing Service
(605) 884-9426
405 18th Ave NE
Watertown, SD
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Midwest ENT Associates PC
(605) 610-2421
2315 W 57th St
Sioux Falls, SD
Services
The EarsHearing loss affects one in ten North Americans. The unique domain of Otolaryngologists is the treatment of ear disorders. They are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders. Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.The NoseAbout 35 million people develop chronic sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common
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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Discover,Cash,Check,Insurance

Batteryless Flashlights and Cochlear Implants

Answers to Your Questions about Hearing Loss Issues  

  • Home
  • WebLog
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 ...

Click here to read more from The Center for Hearing Loss Help