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Cochlear Implants Flushing NY

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in Flushing, NY. 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.

Acousticon Of Flushing
(718) 878-4873
3901 Main St Ste 206
Flushing, NY
Services
Analog, programmable and digital hearing aids are available from a variety of manufacturers and in all sizes, from behind the ear to completely in-the-canal. We believe in providing the latest technology with personalized care. .Hearing Assistive TechnologyHearing Assistive Technology includes devices such as amplified telephones, cell phone accessories, television listening systems, alarm clocks, telephone and doorbell ring signalers, flashing smoke alarms, and personal listening systems to ass
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Hearing Health Associates, PC
(718) 475-6952
4205 Francis Lewis Blvd
Flushing, NY
Services
Complete Audiological Evaluations Tympanometry and Acoustic Reflex Testing Hearing Aid Evaluations Advanced Ear Mold Selection Skills Swim Plugs, Musician Plugs, etc. Wide Selection of Hearing Aids Hearing Aid Accessories Assistive Listening Devices Amplified Telephones Complete Hearing Health Care for Hearing Aids Quarterly Cleanings and Hearing Aid Checks Hearing Aid Repair, Loss/Damage and Loaner Services Batteries Provided for the Life of the Hearing Aid (5yrs max) Yearly Evaluations Compute
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Landa Communications Services
(718) 412-9440
108 Shore Rd
Flushing, NY
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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GB AUDIOLOGY, PLLC
(516) 858-2558
107 Northern Blvd Ste 309
Great Neck, NY
Services
GB AUDIOLOGY, PLLC provides the following hearing healthcare services in a most caring and attentive manner:Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations to determine the cause of your hearing problem;Hearing Aid Consulatations to choose the technology that best suits your hearing loss and your lifestyle;Hearing Aid Service and Repairs;Custom Ear Molds;Assistive Listening Devices;Pediatric Testing
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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 ,SaturdayClosed
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Audio Help Hearing Centers
(888) 559-4093
186 East 76th Street 2nd Floor
New York, NY
Services
The hearing and balance organs are highly complex structures and there are many potential causes for one or both to function abnormally. Audio Help Hearing Centers provides a full range of audiology services customized to your individual needs. Our hearing experts have the knowledge and technologies to help prevent, diagnose and rehabilitate hearing loss or dizziness that is not medically-treatable. In many cases, our professionals work collaboratively with your primary care provider, otolaryngo
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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 ,SaturdayClosed
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Dina M Parolisi MS CCCA
(718) 521-4298
119-40 Metropolitan Ave Ste E1
Kew Gardens, NY
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OTO Health
(718) 340-3598
3803 31st Ave
Long Island City, NY
Services
hearing exams
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Ear Works
(516) 342-7524
2800 Marcus Ave Ste 207
Lake Success, NY
Services
Comprehensive Hearing EvaluationsHearing Aid ConsulatationsFree Demonstration of Advanced Hearing Aid TechnologyComplete Hearing Health Care Program provided with all new digital hearing aid purchasesHearing Aid Service and RepairsReprogramming of Hearing AidsCustom Ear MoldsEducational SeminarsFM SystemsTinnitus MaskersBPPV ManagementMiddle Ear AnalysisOtoacoustic Emissions (OAE)Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)Electronystagmography (ENG)
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AAA Hearing Aids And
(718) 514-6256
2143 Williamsbridge Rd Apt A
Bronx, NY
Services
AAA Hearing Aids & Services is a full service audiology and hearing aid practice. We have over 30 years of experience fitting hearing aids on all ages from 3 months to 106 years. We accept most Insurances including Medicaid & Medicare.
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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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Harmony Hearing & Speech Center
(718) 577-1093
16124 84th St
Howard Beach, NY
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Complete Hearing Tests for adults and childrenHearing Aid Fittings and RepairsAssistive DevicesMost Insurances and Union Plans AcceptedMedicare WelcomeWeekend and Evening HoursHouse Calls Available for Special Situations
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SundayClosed ,Monday11:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Tuesday11:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday11:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday11:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday11:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
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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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