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Cochlear Implants Allentown PA

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Hearing Aid Services
(610) 628-3946
1575 Pond Rd Ste 203
Allentown, PA
Hours
SundayClosed
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East Penn Hearing Center
(610) 628-1299
903 Chestnut Street
Emmaus, PA
Services
Audiologic evaluationsHearing aid and Assistive Listening Device servicesCustom earmolds, specialty earplugs
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday01:00 PM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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David A. Prager MD
(610) 628-0495
2851 Baglyos Cir Ste 201
Bethlehem, PA
Services
Medical diagnostics and treatment of ear-related pathologies, including hearing loss and balance problems; dispensing Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs), products designed to help individuals with hearing loss hear better in specific situations; and certified Audiologists who are trained to fit advanced hearing instruments from all of the major manufacturers.
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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St. Luke''s North Audiology
(610) 628-0521
153 Brodhead Rd
Bethlehem, PA
Services
St. Luke''s Audiology services include a broad range of comprehensive hearing evaluations for newborns, infants, children, adolescents and adults. Specialized diagnostic evaluations include: videonystagmography and electronystagmography for dizziness, verifit real ear measurments and hearing aid analyzer, brainstem auditory evoked response for neurology and hearing, otoacoustic emissions for hearing and other procedures.St. Luke''s offers evaluations, dispensing and repair of a full range of hea
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Schuykill Hearing Aid Service
(888) 478-4055
26 S Centre St
Pottsville, PA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 08:00 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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G. T. Kleckner Audiology
(610) 628-4163
1259 S Cedar Crest Blvd Ste 322
Allentown, PA
Services
Kleckner Audiology provides you with a comprehensive array of hearing services to help you confirm a hearing problem correct it monitor its progress and even help prevent hearing loss in the first place. Hearing exams by a licensed audiologist, Proper fitting and tuning of your hearing aid including a 60-day trial (30-45 days is the industry standard)Counseling with family members,checkups and cleanings. In-house repairs,Custom ear protection for swimmers, musicians, hunters and more
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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Janet Westlund Au.D
(610) 628-3006
2571 Baglyos Cir Ste B33
Bethlehem, PA
Services
Full diagnostic hearing and hearing aid evaluations . Hearing Aid fittings with the latest technology. Doctor of audiology credentials. Over 25 years of experience. Latest technology available for all hearing loss needs.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 01:30 PM by Appointment
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Deborah Muhleisen, M.S.
(610) 628-3018
2571 Baglyos Cir Ste B33
Bethlehem, PA
Services
Hearing testing for children and adultsHearing aid evaluation and fittingsHearing aid repairs and resettingsTinnitus evaluationsNoise, swim and musician plugsAssistive listening devices
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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Bethlehem Audiology Associates
(610) 628-0437
3445 High Point Blvd Ste 400
Bethlehem, PA
Services
Services Audiometry – standard and high frequencyVisual reinforcement audiometry – pediatric testingTympanometryAcoustic reflexesOtoacoustic emissionsHearing protection – musician and noise earplugsAssistive listening devicesHearing aid evaluation and fittingTinnitus evaluation and treatment
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 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 ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Valley Forge Hearing
(610) 590-4113
206 Gay St
Phoenixville, PA
Services
DIAGNOSTIC HEARING EVALUATIONS A Hearing Test or ‘Audiologic Evaluation’ is performed to help determine if there is hearing loss. Not only are we looking at the type and amount of hearing loss present, but also possible causes of the loss. if the loss can effectively be treated by medicine or surgery, we refer the patient to the otolaryngologist. If the loss is permanent and appears to not be caused by a medical condition, we can proceed with a hearing aid evaluation. HEARING AID EVALUATIONRa
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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 ,FridayClosed ,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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