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Cochlear Implants Ballston Spa NY

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Saratoga Springs Hrg.
(518) 633-1147
414 Maple Ave Ste 800
Saratoga Springs, NY
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 01:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Sunny View Hospital
(518) 557-8836
3757 Carman Rd
Schenectady, NY
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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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The Hearing Doctor
(518) 620-4316
4755 State Highway 30 Ste 6
Amsterdam, NY
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Clifton Springs Hearing Center
(866) 752-5046
229 Parrish St Ste 240
Canandaigua, NY
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Hearing Evaluation * Hearing Assessment via air and bone conduction pure tone Audiometry * Speech Audiometry including threshold measurement and word discrimination testing. * Industrial Audiometric Screening Programs * Ototoxic Monitoring via AudiometryMiddle Ear Assessment * Diagnostic Teympanometry Acoustic Immittance Testing * Acoustic Reflex Threshold & Decay Testing * Middle Ear Resonance MeasurementElectrophysiological Testing * Auditory Brainstem Response Stu
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Landa Communications Services
(718) 412-9440
108 Shore Rd
Flushing, NY
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 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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The Hearing Center
(518) 638-4186
135 North Rd
Gansevoort, NY
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* Adirondack ENT Administration * Behavioral Health * Breast Center * Broad Street Medical Group * Cambridge Family Health Center * Cancer Center * Cardiovascular Center * Cindy''s Comfort Camp * Cindy''s Retreat * Community Health & Wellness * Condy & Hill, M.D. * Day Surgery Center * Dental Van * Diabetes Center * Ear, Nose & Throat Care * Emergency Care Center * Endocrinology * Evergreen Health Center * ExpressCare * Fort Edward In
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Listeners Choice
(518) 620-4266
4 Harvard Ave
Amsterdam, NY
Services
An audiometric evaluation (AE) is the term used to describe a diagnostic hearing test. An AE is more than just pressing the button when you hear a beep. Rather, an audiometric evaluation allows the audiologist to determine the type and degree of your hearing loss and it indicates how well (or how poorly) you understand speech in quiet and in noisy backgrounds. Speech sounds are the most important sounds we hear and the ability to understand speech is extremely important. Your ability to hear a
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Home Audiology
(631) 503-6182
201 Montauk Hwy Ste 4
Westhampton Beach, NY
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Audiological Assessment both on and off premises Otoacoustic Emissions Pure tone Audiometry Speech Audiometry Middle Ear Analysis Hearing aid services and repairs Hearing aid counseling Aural Rehabilitation including the LACE program Cerumen Management
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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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Saratoga Springs Hrg.
(518) 633-1147
414 Maple Ave Ste 800
Saratoga Springs, NY
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 01:00 PM ,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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