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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
Hours
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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SundayClosed
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Slocum Dickson
(315) 235-3988
1729 Burrstone Rd Audiology Department
New Hartford, NY
Services
Audiology, Breast Care Center, Clinical Research, Eye Care, Laboratory, Occupational & Hand Therapy, Occupational Medicine, Orthopaedics, Radiology, Rehabilitation Department, SDMG Pharmacy Inc., Sleepy Lab and Urgent Care.
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SundayClosed
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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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Champlain Valley
(518) 492-4559
176 US Oval Ste 3
Plattsburgh, NY
Services
Diagnostic Services: Adult and Pediatric * Comprehensive hearing evaluations * Comprehensive central auditory processing evaluationsRehabilitative Services: Adult and Pediatric * Hearing loss/disability needs assessment * Hearing aid selection, fitting and careful follow-through care * Assistive listening device selection and fitting * Electroacoustic verification of hearing aid performance, ensuring maximum speech understanding for the listener * Hearing aid repair * Aud
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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
Hours
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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Cove Audiology and Hearing Services
(516) 629-5735
130 Forest Ave Attn: Audiology Dept 2nd Floor
Glen Cove, NY
Services
Audiometric EvaluationsComplete hearing testing for ages four to adult provided by a certified clinical audiologist. Evaluations include measures of hearing sensitivity for air and bone conducted sounds, measures of speech discrimination ability and, when necessary, assessment of the middle ear function (impedance audiometry), and special testing to determine the location of dysfunction.Battery SalesWe stock a wide selection of fresh batteries. Join our battery club for savings.Cerumen Managemen
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 07:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:30 AM - 01:30 PM by Appointment
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The Resource Center
(716) 708-1466
75 Jones & Gifford Avenue
Jamestown, NY
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SundayClosed
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Audiocare Hearing Svcs
(518) 638-4672
62 Elm St
Glens Falls, NY
Services
Our Triple Guarantee Assures Your Peace of Mind.At Audiocare, we''re committed to providing you with the best hearing help available. That''s why we offer a 45-day satisfaction guarantee on all new fittings. If within 45 days of delivery you are not satisfied with the fit, appearance or performance of your new aid, you can return it to us for a refund. Please call us for details.With Our Exclusive Q-Care Plan, Your Hearing Aid Purchase is Complete.Quality Service is important to ensure the best
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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 ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Evaluation Services
(716) 568-7108
2733 Wehrle Dr
Buffalo, NY
Services
diometricHearing EvaluationTympanometryAcoustic Reflex TestingOtoacoustic EmissionsCentral Auditory Processing EvaluationsSpecial TestsAuditory Brainstem ResponseVideonystogmographyVestibular Evoked Myogenic PotentialTreatment and Hearing AidsCounselingHearing AidsAssistive Listening DevicesCerumen RemovalEarmoldsSwim moldsNoise protection earmoldsMusician’s earmoldsIndustrialIndustrial TestingHearing Conservation Program
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,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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