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Cochlear Implants Akron OH

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University of Akron
(330) 752-6753
225 South Main Street Room 181
Akron, OH
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Family Hearing and Balance Center.com
(330) 752-6743
2800 S Arlington Rd Ste 102
Akron, OH
Services
Audiological EvaluationsTinnitus Evaluation & TheraphyBalance TestingEar Molds: Swim molds & Custom-made noise protection earmoldsHearing AidsHearing Evaluations
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Kent State University
(888) 459-3711
1325 Theatre Drive Room A104 Music & Speech Bldg
Kent, OH
Services
The Speech and Hearing Clinic provides a broad range of services for people of all ages with hearing and language impairments. The full-service clinic diagnoses speech and hearing disorders, and provides therapy and treatment. The clinic also fits, distributes and repairs hearing aids.
Hours
SundayClosed
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Ohio ENT Associates
(330) 357-5019
6693 N Chestnut St Ste 215
Ravenna, OH
Services
Allergies and hay fever, cholesteatoma, earaches, ear tubes, hearing loss, nosebleeds, perforated eardrum, swallowing disorders, swimmer''s ear, thyroid, tinnitus, tonsils and adenoids, sinusitis, sleep, snoring, sinus, voice, skin care.
Hours
SundayClosed
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United Rehabilitation Services
(937) 410-4673
4710 Troy Pike
Dayton, OH
Services
We offer a wide variety of services for people with disabilities and their families, including adult services including community employment, vocational training, adult daycare, adult latch key, senior daycare, and home-based personal care. Children services including childcare for 6 weeks to 7 years, latch key for youth 8 to 18 years old, and in-home respite care. Clinical services including augmentative communications, physical therapy, occupational therapy, aquatic therapy, speech pathology,
Hours
SundayClosed
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Akron Ent Hearing Service
(330) 752-6740
395 E Market St
Akron, OH
Services
OUR SERVICESHearing Aids (Digital, Programmable, and Standard)Hearing Aid RepairHearing Aid CleaningBatteriesVestibular Rehabilitation TherapySwim PlugsMusician PlugsHearing ProtectionCustom products for cell phone useAssistive Listening DevicesTESTINGComprehensive Hearing EvaluationsBalance/Vestibular AssessmentBrainstem Evoked Response AudiometryCentral Auditory Processing AssessmentTinnitus Assessment
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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S.J. Steinberger MD and Bruce Sterman MD
(330) 752-6736
2708 Crawfis Blvd
Fairlawn, OH
Services
Adult and pediatric ear, nose and throat. Facial plastic surgery. Hearing evaluations and hearing aid services
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
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Robinson Memorial Hospital
(330) 357-5017
6847 N Chestnut St
Ravenna, OH
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hear Inc
(330) 409-4061
2416 Whipple Ave NW
Canton, OH
Services
* Audiometry: audiometric tests determine a patient''s hearing levels with the help of an audiometer, but may also measure ability to discriminate between different sound intensities, recognize pitch, or distinguish speech from background noise. Acoustic reflex and otoacostic emissions may also be measured. Results of audiometric tests are used to diagnose hearing loss or diseases of the ear.* Tympanomotry: is a test used to detect disorders of the middle ear by measuring your ear''s responses
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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Northwest Ohio Hearing Clinic
(419) 823-9105
3000 Arlington Ave Medical College Of Ohio
Toledo, OH
Services
Full range of audiological services including hearing testing, hearing aid fittings and repairs,tinnitus treatment and dizzy clinic. Ear protection along with musician plugs and other assitive listening devices.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 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
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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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