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Cochlear Implants Chesapeake VA

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Chesapeake Hearing Association
(757) 512-7927
500 Independence Pkwy Ste 100
Chesapeake, VA
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Allergey testingHearing TestingImmuno therapybalance Testing
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Systems
(757) 337-4103
5441 Virginia Beach Blvd Ste 112
Virginia Beach, VA
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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 - 01:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Clinics Of Virginia
(804) 419-5447
9220 Forest Hill Ave Ste A4
Richmond, VA
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HCVA provides the most thorough and complete treatment in hearing loss and conservation. For our patients, we offer complete hearing health care, diagnostic testing, servicing, enhancements, aural rehabilitation and conservation. Our services include:This is a timeline of what to expect when partnering with HCVA to improve your hearing:Free consultation & screeningFull diagnostic audiological evaluationHearing aid options40 day trial periodLifetime maintenance & multi-year warrantiesLifetime fre
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Hearing Health Assoc
(540) 204-9216
2155 Electric Rd Ste C
Roanoke, VA
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Audiological EvaluationHearing Aid Evaluations and FittingsIn-office hearing aid demonstrationsTympanometryOtoacoustic Emission Measures (OAE)Visual Speech Mapping (VSM)
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SundayClosed
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Audiology Associates of Harrisonburg
(540) 908-2387
590 Neff Ave Ste 5000
Harrisonburg, VA
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Pediatric and adult diagnostics and aural rehabilitation to include fitting, repair, and modification of hearing aids and assistive listening devices. Custom specialty earmolds. Auditory Processing testing and therapy.
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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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Virginia Hearing Consultants
(757) 301-4226
241 Corporate Blvd Ste 150
Norfolk, VA
Services
Clinical Services: Hearing evaluation (pediatric and adult) by licensed, doctorate level audiologists. Hearing aid evaluation and selection based on your individual needs. Hearing assistance technology evaluations.Dispensing Services: Digital hearing aids, all styles from major manufacturers such as Widex, Oticon and Phonak. Complete Hearing Healthcare Package including free batteries, hearing aid cleaning, and hearing tests. Effective communication strategy counseling for indi
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Sentara Hearing & Balance Center
(866) 413-9584
1950 Glenn Mitchell Dr Ste 310
Virginia Beach, VA
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Comprehensive hearing examinations, hearing aid evaluations, hearing aid fittings, tinnitus evaluations, and balance testing.
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Fairfax Hearing Center
(703) 539-5042
3299 Woodburn Rd Ste 300
Annandale, VA
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Fairfax Hearing Center is a full-service audiology center. We provide quality hearing health care during all stages including prevention, diagnostic, treatment, counselling, and after-care. Our services are tailored to meet each individual patient’s needs. * Hearing tests * Hearing aid evaluations * Tympanometry * Video ENG * Auditory brainstem response testing (ABR) * Otoacoustic emission testing (OAE) * Fitting and dispensing of hearing aids * Hearing aid repairs
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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University Of Virginia
(434) 227-4058
415 Ray C Hunt Dr Ste 1200
Charlottesville, VA
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Hearing Health Care Center
(703) 659-4614
8650 Sudley Rd Ste 209
Manassas, VA
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•Testing & AudiometryIn order to adjust your hearing aid to your individual requirements, we first determine your personal hearing profile, or audiogram. This is done by testing your ability to hear a variety of speech and environmental sounds.•Ear ImpressionsSince the various systems produce different hearing impressions, it is important for you to make a comparison yourself. For this purpose we will produce custom-made earmolds based on the exact contours of your ears. We can then en
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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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