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Cochlear Implants Ashburn VA

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in Ashburn, VA. 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.

ENT & Allergy Specialists
(703) 348-3631
44320 Premier Plaza Suite 110
Ashburn, VA
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Vienna Fairoaks Hearing And
(703) 348-0158
3650 Joseph Siewick Dr Ste 309
Fairfax, VA
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Blue Ridge Speech & Hearing Center
(703) 722-6153
19465 Deerfield Ave Ste 201
Leesburg, VA
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Speech Therapy ServicesBlue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center. Audiology: Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center Audiology department offers an array of services to help diagnose hearing loss, assist the hearing impaired with the best possible hearing, and protect against hearing loss. We are a Center who works with and for our patients and strives to provide the best customer service available. Click here for more information about our Audiology Department.Hearing AidsOur clinic works with several
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 AM 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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Advanced Hearing
(703) 537-5599
6201 Centreville Rd Ste 400
Centreville, VA
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For your convenience, we provide complete hearing evaluation services at three locations. Our audiologists are supported by the latest diagnostic technology including sound-proof testing suites and state-of-the-art audiometers. All offices are fully equipped to provide a complete range of audiology services to patients of all ages, infant through geriatrics.
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Vienna Fair Oaks Hearing and Speech Center, Inc.
(703) 537-5770
201 Park St SE
Vienna, VA
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Diagnostic audiologyHearing aid dispensing and repairAuditory evoked potential testingElectronystagmography testing
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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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Advanced Hearing
(703) 537-5486
1850 Town Center Pkwy Ste 305
Reston, VA
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For your convenience, we provide complete hearing evaluation services at three locations. Our audiologists are supported by the latest diagnostic technology including sound-proof testing suites and state-of-the-art audiometers. All offices are fully equipped to provide a complete range of audiology services to patients of all ages, infant through geriatrics.During your visit, the audiologist will discuss your communication concerns, needs and expectations and complete a thorough case history. If
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Advanced ENT Specialists
(703) 537-5763
44035 Riverside Pkwy Ste 450
Leesburg, VA
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Pediatric Services * Ear, nose and throat disordersSinus disease and nasal obstruction * Sinusitis * Sinus Headaches * Sinus SurgeryAllergic diseases of the ear, nose and throat * Allergic Rhinitis, Sinusitis, and Rhinosinusitis Snoring and sleep disorders * Obstructive Sleep Apnea * Pediatric Sleep Apnea * Pillar Implant ProcedureHearing and balance disorders * Hearing Aid Sales * Dizziness & Balance TestingVoice and swallowing disorders * Nodules, polyps and Cy
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Leesburg Family Hearing
(703) 297-8529
211 Gibson St NW Ste 202
Leesburg, VA
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* Hearing evaluation for adults and children * Follow-up newborn hearing screening * Hearing aid checks and repairs for many hearing aid makes. Manufacturers for which we currently have computer software include Widex, Oticon, Phonak, GN Resound, Rexton, Siemens, Interton, Starkey and Unitron. * Fitting of new hearing aids * Sale of specialized listening devices for telephone and TV * Fitting of custom-made earplugs for swimming and noise protection including musicians earplugs
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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 ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Solutions Of Fairfax
(571) 748-5423
3930 Pender Drive Ste 140
Fairfax, VA
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Family Hearing Center At The
(301) 637-2008
2301 Research Blvd Ste 110
Rockville, MD
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Our Mission: To improve lives and expand possibilities for individuals with special needs.
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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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment
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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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