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Cochlear Implants Erie PA

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Ear Nose & Throat Specialists
(814) 806-2223
3580 Peach St
Erie, PA
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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Erichson Hearing Aid
(814) 806-2987
2716 Peach St
Erie, PA
Services
LIFETIME LISTENINGexclusively from Erichson Hearing Aid CenterLifetime Services Compare to Other Brands Contact Us TodayThe hallmark of Erichson Hearing Aid Center, Lifetime ListeningSM is a complete hearing healthcare program that guarantees you the best value in technology and service: Hearing evaluation by certified hearing specialist Personalized product selection and fitting Quarterly cleaning and adjustments Annual audiometric screenings ; Annual hearing aid evaluations
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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Melnick, Moffitt & Mesaros ENT Associates
(717) 769-1209
927 Russell Dr
Lebanon, PA
Services
Full Service Hearing Aid Center, Physician directed hearing evaluations, Repair Service offered for all brands, 30 day free trial of aids and 1 year free batteries. Payment plans & Insurance plans accepted.
Hours
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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Linda Farley
(570) 497-5173
1523N Church St
Hazleton, PA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Keystone Hearing Solutions
(888) 471-9583
1130 W 4th St Ste 2
Lewistown, PA
Services
Diagnostic Hearing EvaluationsNewborn, Infant and Pediatric Hearing TestingHearing Aid Sales and ServiceAssistive Listening Devices and Supplies
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Systems
(814) 806-2213
3424 Peach St
Erie, PA
Services
Advanced Hearing ServicesWhat to expect during your hearing evaluation.Our professional and caring staff will perform a comprehensive battery of tests specifically designed to present an accurate assessment of the nature of your hearing loss.These tests include: * Patient profile interview * Word recognition test to evaluate our ability to hear speech clearly * Audiometric test of frequency-specific sensitivity * Dynamic range testing to determine the range of sounds most comfortable
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Erie Audiology Inc.
(814) 806-2226
2550 W 8th St
Erie, PA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Dr. Karen R. Lemme, Audiologist
(814) 742-4031
601 Valley View Blvd
Altoona, PA
Services
Our Services Include:Comprehensive Audiological Evaluations,Otoacoustic Emissions Testing, Speech Mapping,Hearing Aid Evaluations,Complete Hearing Aid Sales & Service, Rehabilitation,Hearing Conservation,Hearing aid repair on all makes & models, Industrial Audiology. Serving Newborns to Geriatrics, Prompt Reporting to Physicians Complete Hearing Healthcare - hearing instruments are highly sophisticated devices which require periodic maintenance and adjustments to consistently provide optimal p
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Karla J. Floyd Audiologist
(412) 436-3358
11743 Frankstown Rd Ste G
Pittsburgh, PA
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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Community Hearing Aid Services
(412) 453-5002
4655 William Flynn Hwy Hampton Shoppes Suite 125-E
Allison Park, PA
Services
Hearing Testing, Hearing aids, Hearing aid repair, assistive listening devices, individual and family counselling re: hearing loss and amplification
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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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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