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Cochlear Implants Columbia MD

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Advanced Audiology Group
(410) 698-6169
8600 Snowden River Parkway Suite 309
Columbia, MD
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Maryland Audiology
(410) 988-2367
10025 Governor Warfield Pkwy Ste 410
Columbia, MD
Hours
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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Hearing Professionals, Inc
(301) 476-1150
14201 Laurel Park Dr Ste 109
Laurel, MD
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)Audiologic Evaluations: AdultsAudiologic Evaluations: PediatricsCerumen ManagementComputerized Real-Ear Hearing Aid EquipmentHearing Aid Counseling & Follow-Up AppointmentsHearing Aid Maintenance ServiceHearing Aid SelectionNoise Protectors and Custom EarmoldsTinnitus EvaluationVestibular Rehabilitation Therapy
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SundayClosed
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Maryland Audiology
(410) 988-2356
3449 Wilkens Ave Ste 200
Baltimore, MD
Services
Comprehensive hearing assessment, hearing aid fittings, service and repair, hearing aid supplies
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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ENTAA Care
(410) 881-0101
203 Hospital Dr Ste 200
Glen Burnie, MD
Services
Asthma Allergic Rhinitis (nasal allergies) Allergic diseases of the skin Food allergies Stinging insect allergies Drug hypersensitivity Latex hypersensitivity Anesthesia hypersesitivity •Comprehensive hearing examinations and consultations •Dispensing, adjusting, programming, and repairing of traditional and digital hearing aids •Tests for dizziness and ear noises (tinnitis)•Central Auditory Processing evaluations •Custom ear plugs?Swim Plugs ?Noise Protection Plugs ?Mus
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 07:00 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 - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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ENTAA Care - Columbia
(410) 881-0147
11085 Little Patuxent Pkwy Ste 101
Columbia, MD
Services
# Comprehensive hearing examinations and consultations# Dispensing, adjusting, programming, and repairing of traditional and digital hearing aids# Tests for dizziness and ear noises (tinnitis)# Central Auditory Processing evaluations# Custom ear plugs * Swim Plugs * Noise Protection Plugs * Musician''s Earplugs # Hearing Aid Accessories * Batteries * Cleaning Tools * Wax protection inserts n
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SundayClosed
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Clarity Audiology and Hearing Solutions, LLC
(410) 988-4075
3460 Ellicott Center Drive Suite #102
Ellicott City, MD
Services
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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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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ENTAA Care
(301) 476-1711
14201 Laurel Park Dr Ste 115
Laurel, MD
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SundayClosed
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Advanced Audiology Group
(410) 648-2211
7310 Ritchie Hwy Ste 316
Glen Burnie, MD
Hours
SundayClosed ,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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ENTAA Care
(410) 774-4696
1132 Annapolis Rd Ste 105
Odenton, MD
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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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