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Cochlear Implants Brockton MA

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in Brockton, MA. 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.

Tobias And Batite
(508) 436-2122
1 Pearl St Ste 1900
Brockton, MA
Services
Tobias & Battite offers both in-house and factory repairs for all makes and models of hearing aids including Beltone and Miracle Ear. In-house repair services include:Re-tubing of earmoldsVacuum cleaning of microphone and receiver portsDehumidification of instrumentRepair of cracks in instrument shell/caseConversion of earmolds to CFA configurationReplacement of tone hooks, volume wheel and control coversHome VisitsFor your convenience, home visits are available within the Boston Metro area
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SundayClosed
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Mass Audiolgoy
(508) 436-2127
165 Westgate Dr
Brockton, MA
Services
There are four common styles of hearing instruments. All four help with mild to moderate losses, but if your loss is more severe, choices can be limited. While size is the most obvious difference, each style has differentattributes that are important to consider.Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing instruments are the largest models and can house a variety of circuit options and amplify sounds to a greater degree than most custom models. BTEs rest behind the ear and sound is sent to the ear canal via th
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary
(617) 274-8093
1 Compass Way
East Bridgewater, MA
Services
Our services range from routine checkups to treatment and surgery for highly complex conditions
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SundayClosed
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Quality Hearing Aid Service
(508) 202-4947
12 Quill Cir
Randolph, MA
Services
Canal Hearing AidsCustom All-in-the-Ear AidsBehind-the-Ear & BodyHearing AidsBatteriesEar Molds Repairs30-Day Trial PeriodSenior Citizen DiscountNo Interest Payment Plans
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SundayClosed
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Stephen Tobias Hearing Center
(617) 934-0675
382 Quincy Ave
Quincy, MA
Services
Our custom in-the-ear model is made from an impression of your ear. The aid''s performance is designed according to your hearing test results. This digital model EVO shown is currently available for $1250.00.All specials and products are subject to change. please call for recent updates. Thank You!This custom canal model shown here has a cosmetic advantage and retails for $1750.00. This model is available for $1450.00 complete!Completely-in-the-canal or C.I.C. as they''re called, are the least v
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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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Advanced Hearing Care Inc.
(508) 232-6147
1324 Belmont St
Brockton, MA
Services
Our goals are to properly diagnose the type and severity of your hearing loss, and to recommend the best solution for you, given your daily needs, activities, and life style. Should you require a hearing aid, we can fit you right here in the office. Our service is personal and customized.
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SundayClosed
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E N T Specialists, Inc.
(508) 436-2118
35 Pearl St Ste 200
Brockton, MA
Services
Our board certified physicians and licensed audiologists will help diagnose and treat your hearing and balance problems. We offer comprehensive audiologic services to help diagnosis hearing loss in all age groups, from infants to the elderly. In addition we are uniquely qualified to discuss the full range of options to help improve your hearing, from hearing aids to ear surgery.We also offer detailed balance testing to help diagnosis and treat your balance and dizziness problems.
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SundayClosed
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South Shore Hearing Center
(781) 347-1140
541 Main St PO Box 134
Weymouth, MA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 01:00 PM by Appointment
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Hearing Care Center
(781) 318-3069
450 N Main St
Sharon, MA
Services
Hearing loss is a health issueSome people think hearing loss is a mechanical problem. Hearing less these days? Buy an electronic marvel and fix it. The fact is, hearing loss -- like vision impairment or physical disability -- is a health problem. There are dozens of possible causes, a wide variety of symptoms and variations, and an assortment of side effects and emotional impacts. And for each unique combination of causes, symptoms, variations, side effects and emotional impacts, a unique combin
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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MASS Audiology & Hearing Aid
(508) 802-4193
407 Route 44
Raynham, MA
Services
There are four common styles of hearing instruments. All four help with mild to moderate losses, but if your loss is more severe, choices can be limited. While size is the most obvious difference, each style has differentattributes that are important to consider.Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing instruments are the largest models and can house a variety of circuit options and amplify sounds to a greater degree than most custom models. BTEs rest behind the ear and sound is sent to the ear canal via th
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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