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Cochlear Implants Brick NJ

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in Brick, NJ. 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.

Total Hearing Care - Brick
(732) 451-3013
525 Jack Martin Blvd Ste 104
Brick, NJ
Services
Authorized sales and service of major digital hearing aid brandsHearing Tests and EvaluationsHearing Aid Cleanings and AdjustmentsHearing Aid Battery SalesSales of Assisted Listening DevicesMedicaid Provider
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Sound Hearing Center/Dr. S Moosa Jaffari MD.
(732) 719-4530
814 River Ave
Lakewood, NJ
Services
We provide a full range of ear, nose, and throat sevices. This includes audiological sevices and hearing aid dispensing under physician supervision. This allows the patient full medical claerence and ongoing medical treatment of hearing loss.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment
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Garden State Hearing
(732) 606-4352
83 Route 37 W
Toms River, NJ
Services
Diagnostic TestingIf a hearing loss is suspected, an appointment with one of our certified Audiologists should be made for the purposes of testing and evaluation.The test is completed in a sound booth using earphones and bone conduction oscillator. The Audiologist then uses the audiogram to determine the type and severity of hearing loss. These tests should help determine whether a hearing loss is best treated medically or with hearing aids.ENG Test - ElectronystagmogramThe ENG test is probably
Hours
SundayClosed
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Coastal Hearing & Balance Center
(732) 312-5202
3700 State Route 33
Neptune, NJ
Services
Adult and Pediatric Hearing Evaluations Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)Hearing Aid Evaluation and Fitting Hearing Aid Repair Tinnitus Treatment Vestibular Evaluation
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 07:00 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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Forked River Hearing Aid Ctr.
(609) 488-4043
442 Lacey Rd
Forked River, NJ
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 3:00pm ( ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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NJ Hearing Health Center, Inc.
(732) 451-6329
1673 Route 88
Brick, NJ
Services
Hearing Aid Evaluation/Prescription/FittingPatients are evaluated for hearing aid amplification based upon audiologic findings. Recommendations are given for the most appropriate model and circuitry. Patients are presented with choices and options depending upon their individual needs. Hearing aid check-ups are routine for adults. For our pediatric populations, ongoing evaluations are performed to obtain additional information for adjustments and transitions from one academic or physical setting
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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New Jersey Audiology & Hearing Aid Centers
(732) 573-6295
500 Lakehurst Rd
Toms River, NJ
Services
We are a full-service audiology and hearing aid dispensing practice with two conveniently located offices just minutes from Garden State Parkway exit 81 and exit 63. We have two full-time Doctors of Audiology and two in-house ENT physicians to better serve you and streamline your care. We provide comprehensive diagnostic hearing tests, tinnitus evaluations and treatments, dizziness and vertigo evaluations and treatments, hearing aid dispensing and repairs. Same day fitting of hearing aids is av
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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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Total Hearing Care - Neptune
(732) 361-4412
444 Neptune Blvd Unit 1
Neptune, NJ
Services
Authorized sales and service of major digital hearing aid brandsHearing Tests and EvaluationsHearing Aid Cleanings and AdjustmentsHearing Aid Battery SalesSales of Assisted Listening DevicesMedicaid Provider
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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American Family Hearing Center
(732) 686-6201
402 Main St
Allenhurst, NJ
Services
ServicesProducts and ServicesThe American Family Hearing Center provides a full range of audiological services with complete hearing health care ensuring the care and maintenance of your hearing health for years to come! We offer the latest advances in hearing aid technology, digitial and programable, with complimentary in office demonstrations and a 30 day trial period.Call (732) 517-1200 to schedule an appointment todayAmerican Family Hearing Center specializes in providing the latest and most
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Professional Hearing Speech
(732) 982-4146
4257 US Highway 9 Suite 6B
Freehold, NJ
Services
Speech Therapy Infant & Pediatric Hearing Testing Adult Hearing Testing
Hours
SundayClosed
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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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