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Cochlear Implants Boca Raton FL

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in Boca Raton, FL. 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.

Boca RAton ENT Associates
(561) 404-5932
660 Glades Rd Ste 400
Boca Raton, FL
Services
Audiologic EvaluationAmplificationAssistive Listening DevicesABR/ECoGVNG testingBPPV treatment
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Neuro-Audiology Consultants
(561) 404-5811
7301A W Palmetto Park Rd Ste 305A
Boca Raton, FL
Services
hearing aid services,diagnostic testing services, auditory processing, tinnitus
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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Hearing Partners Of South Florida
(561) 404-1269
4731 W Atlantic Ave Ste B-20
Delray Beach, FL
Services
Comprehensive hearing evaluations for children and adults Hearing instrument selection and fittings Repairs of all makes of instruments Comprehensive Balance Evaluations (ENG, VNG) Comprehensive neurological evaluations (ABR) Assistive listening devices (such as amplified telephones and wireless TV headphones) Hearing protection devices including musicians’ ear plugs Custom made swim molds Tinnitus Evaluation Aural Rehabilitation
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 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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Coconut Creek Physicians
(954) 633-8656
3880 Coconut Creek Pkwy Ste 100
Coconut Creek, FL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Bethesda Healthcare System
(561) 327-7024
2623 S Seacrest Blvd Lower Level #10
Boynton Beach, FL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Labyrinth Audiology
(561) 404-5769
1500 NW 10th Ave Suite 104
Boca Raton, FL
Services
Assistive equipment on hand for demonstration and trialAssistive listening devicesAural rehabilitaion servicesComplete line of hearing aidsCounsellingOnce you have told us your problems and your personal expectations with regard to your hearing, we provide you with detailed advice on the most appropriate products and facilities to meet your requirements: Which ear has a problem hearing?Evaluation by hearing specialistsEvoked PotentialsFollow-up CareOnce your hearing aids have been fitted to your
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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Royal Palm Hearing Aid Center
(561) 404-5812
7072 Beracasa Way
Boca Raton, FL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Audiology Associates of
(954) 840-8012
5411 N University Dr Ste 102
Coral Springs, FL
Services
Diagnostic Services Pure Tone Audiometry (Standard Hearing Test)This test determines the level at which a person detects sound at different frequencies. Speech Discrimination TestingThis test determines how well speech is understood. This test is very helpful in determining if problems exist beyond the hearing nerve and gives insight as to how well hearing aids can help. Immittance TestingThis procedure evaluates middle ear function by assessing how well the eardrum and middle ear bones move. Th
Hours
SundayClosed
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Audiology Consultants Of Boynton Beach (HearFlorida)
(561) 327-6343
7593 Boynton Beach Blvd Ste 160
Boynton Beach, FL
Services
At every HearFlorida Hearing Loss Center, we examine every aspect of your hearing loss and your listening environment to recommend the best style and technology of hearing device most appropriate for you. We offer a wide variety of the latest digital hearing aids and popular brands such as Siemens, Unitron, Starkey, Phonak, Widex, Vivatone, Lyric, Oticon, Rexton, and Resound. All hearing devices have a 75-day satisfaction period
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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South Florida ENT
(954) 654-7918
3079 East Commercial Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Tuesday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Wednesday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Thursday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Friday08:45 AM - 03:45 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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