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Cochlear Implants Annapolis MD

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in Annapolis, MD. 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.

Hearing Aid Associates
(410) 881-0145
2002 Medical Pkwy Ste 230
Annapolis, MD
Services
* Hearing Aid Evaluations * Digital and Conventional Hearing Aids * Hearing Aid Fittings, adjustments and follow-up care * On-site repairs * FM Systems * Assistive Listening DevicesOther Services * Custom hearing protection * Custom musician’s plugs * Custom musician in-ear-monitors * Hearing care supplies
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Chesapeake Hearing Centers
(410) 881-0146
580 Ritchie Hwy Ste I
Severna Park, MD
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. Competent hearing care by audiologistsConvenient care close to your homeState-of-the-art facilitiesWe participate with most insurance plans including medicareAll styles of hearing aidsAll technologies, including digitalMulti-Microphone noise suppression circuitsA variety of price ranges Repairs, batteries and assistive devicesVisa, MasterCard, DiscoverTrial periods with refunds o
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Solutions Audiology Center
(410) 774-0874
1413 Annapolis Rd Ste 104
Odenton, MD
Services
ADVANCED HEARING HEALTHCARE WITH A PERSONAL TOUCH.Hearing tests and hearing aids for all ages. Same Day Treatment Options Available. We determine the best hearing insturments for you based on results from your audiological evaluation, as well as your listening needs and your amplification goals. Give us the oppotunity to impress you.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,TuesdayClosed ,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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Bowie Hearing Center
(301) 850-1236
3233 Superior Ln Ste B2
Bowie, MD
Services
* Comprehensive Hearing Test Evaluations *Tinnitus Evaluations and Treatment * The Latest Digital Hearing Aid Technology * Assistive Listening Devices * Custom Musician and Noise Protection Earplugs * Hearing Aid Accessories and More
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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ENTAA Care
(410) 881-0101
203 Hospital Dr Ste 200
Glen Burnie, MD
Services
Asthma Allergic Rhinitis (nasal allergies) Allergic diseases of the skin Food allergies Stinging insect allergies Drug hypersensitivity Latex hypersensitivity Anesthesia hypersesitivity •Comprehensive hearing examinations and consultations •Dispensing, adjusting, programming, and repairing of traditional and digital hearing aids •Tests for dizziness and ear noises (tinnitis)•Central Auditory Processing evaluations •Custom ear plugs?Swim Plugs ?Noise Protection Plugs ?Mus
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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ENTAA Care
(410) 881-0149
621 Ridgely Ave Ste 403
Annapolis, MD
Services
Asthma and AllergyALLERGY SERVICES FOR ADULT AND CHILDREN INLCUDE DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF:Asthma Allergic Rhinitis (nasal allergies) Allergic diseases of the skin Food allergies Stinging insect allergies Drug hypersensitivity Latex hypersensitivity Anesthesia hypersesitivityAudiology/HearingENTAA CARE''S AUDIOLOGY DEPARTMENT PROVIDES A COMPLETE RANGE OF AUDIOLOGIC SERVICES INCLUDING:Comprehensive hearing examinations and consultationsDispensing, adjusting, programming, and repairi
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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 ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Professionals Inc.
(301) 850-1218
4000 Mitchellville Rd Ste A202
Bowie, MD
Services
Hearing aids alone may not provide adequate assistance in all situations. As a supplement to hearing aids, a selection of assistive listening devices are available such as Amplified Telephones TV Ears Alarm Clocks with Shakers Pocket Talkers Doorbell Signalers Smoke detectors In addition, wireless FM and Bluetooth connectivity is also available for some televisions, telephones, cell phones, MP3 Players and computers. For more information on connectivity for your Bluetooth compatible hearing aids
Hours
SundayClosed
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ENTAA Care
(410) 774-4696
1132 Annapolis Rd Ste 105
Odenton, MD
Hours
SundayClosed
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Advanced Audiology Group
(410) 648-2211
7310 Ritchie Hwy Ste 316
Glen Burnie, MD
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Chesapeake Hearing Centers
(410) 881-0146
580 Ritchie Hwy Ste I
Severna Park, MD
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. Competent hearing care by audiologistsConvenient care close to your homeState-of-the-art facilitiesWe participate with most insurance plans including medicareAll styles of hearing aidsAll technologies, including digitalMulti-Microphone noise suppression circuitsA variety of price ranges Repairs, batteries and assistive devicesVisa, MasterCard, DiscoverTrial periods with refunds o
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
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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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