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Cochlear Implants Binghamton NY

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in Binghamton, 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.

Lawson''s Hearing Center
(607) 323-4065
57 Front Street
Binghamton, NY
Services
Hearing Aids & Hearing Screening
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Family Audiology Services
(607) 323-4054
800 Hooper Rd Ste 370
Endicott, NY
Services
For individuals with hearing loss, habilitative services and devices are available. Family Audiology works with several hearing aid manufacturers in order to continue to provide the latest in digital hearing aid technology. The audiologists work with their patients throughout the diagnostic, selection, orientation, and follow-up stages to ensure the most appropriate and comfortable hearing aid fit.Hearing aids come in many types and sizes, with a wide variety of features. Just which is best for
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New York Hearing Services
(888) 446-7806
425 W 59th St Fl 10 All Suites
New York, NY
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SundayClosed
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General Hearing Services
(718) 618-4489
2748 Hylan Blvd
Staten Island, NY
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Saturday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM
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Hart Hearing Center
(585) 563-9147
2384 Ridgeway Ave
Rochester, NY
Services
Hart Hearing Centers Refund Policy: Hearing aids are sold on a 45-day trial basis. Payment is due at the time of the fitting. Our goal at Hart Hearing Centers is to make sure you wear and get benefit from the hearing aids you purchase. If at the end of the trial period you feel that is not the case, you can return the hearing aids and receive a full refund. (There is a small charge for custom earmolds, which are not returnable.)Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluation: We offer complete hearing diag
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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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
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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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ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP
(845) 795-3147
200 Westage Business Ctr Ste 224
Fishkill, NY
Services
Health Information Diseases and disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck negatively impact the lives of millions around the world. Our health information, created by our member physicians, provides a basic overview of diagnoses and treatment for many of these conditions.EarsConditions that impair ear function can be as minor as wax buildup or as serious as congenital deafness. This section contains valuable information about how to protect your hearing, how to recognize indications of
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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 ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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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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Brooklyn Audiology Assoc. PC
(718) 285-9821
142 Joralemon St Suite 8 B - 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Saturday08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Bronxville Hearing Center
(914) 202-4225
1 Stone Pl Ste 203
Bronxville, NY
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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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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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