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Cochlear Implants Albany NY

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in Albany, NY. 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.

Albany Medical Center
(518) 312-4975
43 New Scotland Ave Mail Code 154
Albany, NY
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Aid Centers
(518) 320-7162
1540 Central Ave
Albany, NY
Services
Advanced Hearing Aid Centers Offers:•Repair service on all makes and models•Discounted pricing on batteries•Imagine technology - mini sized hearing aids•NuEar hearing aids
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Saint Peters Hospital
(518) 618-4844
1240 New Scotland Rd Ste 100
Slingerlands, NY
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Sunny View Hospital
(518) 557-8836
3757 Carman Rd
Schenectady, NY
Services
Adult Day ServicesEddy DayBreak is an innovative adult day service that helps improve quality of life for seniors who still live independently in the community, or who are cared for by family members.DayBreak programs offer a full range of health and social services to help older adults with physical, emotional, or mental impairments, or who require supervision and/or medical care. Services enable older adults to remain independent for as long as possible, while allowing caregivers relief from t
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Riverside Audiology
(607) 323-4062
15 Riverside Dr Ste 1
Johnson City, NY
Services
Hearing Evaluations, hearing aid dispensing and repairs, custom earmolds for hearing protection (including musician''s earplugs), swimming, and ipods/mp3 players
Hours
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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University Ear, Nose & Throat
(518) 708-6216
35 Hackett Blvd
Albany, NY
Services
Hearing Loss - Audiology Hearing Aids Custom Hearing Protection and Swim MoldsCochlear ImplantsHearing & Balance Disorders - Otology/Neurotology TinnitusAcoustic Neuroma Dizziness / Meniere''s Disease Hearing lossNasal & Sinus Disorders - Rhinology Chronic nose bleeds (epistaxis) Deviated septum Nasal obstruction Sinus disease Pediatric Otolaryngology Airway Obstruction Cochlear implants Ear infections / Ear tubes Excessive Drooling Hearing loss Neck Masses Nose bleeds (epistaxis) Sinusitis Spee
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiologic Solutions LLC
(518) 203-2389
2 Empire Dr Ste 204
Rensselaer, NY
Services
Audiologic Solutions offers a full range of hearing services, including: diagnostic testing, treatment, pre-employment hearing testing, tinnitus retraining therapy, custom hearing protection, swim plugs, musicians plugs, assisitive listening devices, hearing aids including Oticon, Sonic Innovations, Phonak, Vivatone, Siemens, Widex and Resound, batteries, and repairs.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Saturday10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
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Madison Hearing Center
(518) 708-6133
1547 Columbia Tpke Ste 1
Castleton On Hudson, NY
Services
Our Rehabilitative Services? Tinnitus and retraining therapy? The Capital Region’s only Life’s SoundSuites, using a virtual reality theater toevaluate hearing aid performance indifferent listening situations? Full service hearing instrumentmaintenance and repair on all makes andmodels? Ear mold impressions for hearing devices,swim plugs, noise protection,musicians’filters, cell phones, and music players? Assistive Listening Devices (amplifiedtelephones, neck loops for t-coil ai
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 01:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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SunnyView Hearing Center
(518) 631-5920
1270 Belmont Ave
Schenectady, NY
Services
Advanced state of the art hearing aids.Comprehensive hearing evaluations for patients of all ages.Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) evaluations.Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing.Central Auditory Processing (CAP) evaluations.Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT).
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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William Shapiro MA
(888) 860-5843
530 1st Ave Ste 3-E
New York, NY
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 11:00 AM ,Tuesday12:30 PM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 11:00 AM ,Thursday12:30 PM - 05:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 11:00 AM ,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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