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Cochlear Implants Bridgeport CT

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Yale Hearing & Balance Center
(203) 445-6113
2526 Main Street
Stratford, CT
Hours
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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Sound ENT LLC
(203) 816-6474
965 White Plains Rd
Trumbull, CT
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Health Care Associates, Inc.
(203) 654-7416
140 Broad St
Milford, CT
Services
Hearing Evaluation, Hearing Aid Fitting, Repairs and Service, Assistive Devices, Accessories
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:30 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment
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The Hearing Center, LLC
(203) 446-4530
149 Wakelee Ave
Ansonia, CT
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Yale Hearing & Balance Center
(203) 285-8513
800 Howard Ave Fl 4
New Haven, CT
Services
Yale Medical Group (YMG), we provide compassionate, state-of-the-art care in 160 specialties, with centers of excellence in such areas as organ transplantation, minimally invasive surgery and cancer. In many cases, our specialists collaborate to provide each patient with a carefully devised, individually tailored, multidisciplinary plan of treatment. Our physicians provide services both in New Haven and throughout the state
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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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Richard A. Levin, M.D.
(203) 844-0497
1305 Post Rd Ste 302
Fairfield, CT
Services
In additional to treating ear, nose and throat disorders, ENT of Fairfield also specializes in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. This includes cosmetic surgery of the face and neck (facelifts and rhinoplasty), non-invasive cosmetic treatments such as Botox Cosmetic®, wrinkle fillers and laser treatments and reconstructive surgery for trauma. Our board certified pediatric and adult allergist offers allergy testing and treatment as well as asthma care and immunology evaluation. We
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ENT Specialists
(203) 844-0659
2600 Post Rd
Southport, CT
Services
OtolaryngologyPediatricHead & neck surgeryAllergyAudiology
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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New England Hearing Solutions
(203) 349-8108
830 Post Rd E Ste G1
Westport, CT
Services
At New England Hearing Solutions, we''ll give you one of the most comprehensive evaluations you will ever have. This is done to ensure the most accurate assessment possible. Some of our advanced testing methods include:Audiometric Test of Frequency Specific SensitivitySpeech Reception Test to pinpoint the lowest volume at which you can identify wordsWord Recognition Test to evaluate your hearing clarity for speechLoudness Tests to determine the range of sounds most comfortable to youOnce we comp
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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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Robert L Weiss M.D.
(888) 429-0358
761 Main Ave Suite 101
Norwalk, CT
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SundayClosed
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Ear Nose and Throat Medical and Surgical Group, LLC
(203) 208-3470
46 Prince St Fl 6
New Haven, CT
Services
Diagnostic Hearing EvaluationHearing RehabilitationTinnitus Management and CounselingVestibular (Balance) Assessment and treatmentCochlear Implant Evaluation and treatmentComprehensive Otolaryngolic(ENT)Services
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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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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