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Cochlear Implants Frederick MD

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in Frederick, MD. 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.

Gerald Reed MD
(301) 703-9067
27 W 7th St
Frederick, MD
Hours
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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Leesburg Family Hearing
(703) 297-8529
211 Gibson St NW Ste 202
Leesburg, VA
Services
* Hearing evaluation for adults and children * Follow-up newborn hearing screening * Hearing aid checks and repairs for many hearing aid makes. Manufacturers for which we currently have computer software include Widex, Oticon, Phonak, GN Resound, Rexton, Siemens, Interton, Starkey and Unitron. * Fitting of new hearing aids * Sale of specialized listening devices for telephone and TV * Fitting of custom-made earplugs for swimming and noise protection including musicians earplugs
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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 ,SaturdayClosed
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Blue Ridge Speech & Hearing Center
(703) 722-6153
19465 Deerfield Ave Ste 201
Leesburg, VA
Services
Speech Therapy ServicesBlue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center. Audiology: Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center Audiology department offers an array of services to help diagnose hearing loss, assist the hearing impaired with the best possible hearing, and protect against hearing loss. We are a Center who works with and for our patients and strives to provide the best customer service available. Click here for more information about our Audiology Department.Hearing AidsOur clinic works with several
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 AM 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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University of Maryland
(410) 698-6164
16 S Eutaw St Frenkil Bldg Suite 400
Baltimore, MD
Services
Along with the patient services that make up its core, the University of Maryland Medical Center offers a number of specialty services. From cancer care to organ transplantation to advanced orthopaedic procedures, UMMC has many programs designed to meet the unique health needs of special populations. For an alphabetical listing of all UMM departments and their divisions, scroll down beneath the list of specialty services.Breast CenterCenter for Integrative MedicineCenter for Weight Management an
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Dr. Gehris, Jordan &
(410) 698-6213
520 Upper Chesapeake Dr Ste 206
Bel Air, MD
Services
Our entire office, including doctors, nurse practitioner, audiologists and administrative staff will be available at the new location, including Dr. Gehris, who is not retiring. As always, our choice of hospitals for surgery will be based on patient preference, availability of patient’s primary care physician or supporting specialties, available operating time, and availability of special technology for certain highly specialized procedures.
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SundayClosed
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Mid Maryland E N T Specialists
(301) 703-2316
75 Thomas Johnson Dr Ste A
Frederick, MD
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced ENT Specialists
(703) 537-5763
44035 Riverside Pkwy Ste 450
Leesburg, VA
Services
Pediatric Services * Ear, nose and throat disordersSinus disease and nasal obstruction * Sinusitis * Sinus Headaches * Sinus SurgeryAllergic diseases of the ear, nose and throat * Allergic Rhinitis, Sinusitis, and Rhinosinusitis Snoring and sleep disorders * Obstructive Sleep Apnea * Pediatric Sleep Apnea * Pillar Implant ProcedureHearing and balance disorders * Hearing Aid Sales * Dizziness & Balance TestingVoice and swallowing disorders * Nodules, polyps and Cy
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SundayClosed
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Auditory Services, Inc
(301) 841-6469
1734 Elton Rd Ste 104
Silver Spring, MD
Services
Complete Audiological evaluation Hearing aids Evaluation Selection Fitting Repairs Accessories Batteries And more…. Hearing protection Swim plugs Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) Consumer Education
Hours
MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment
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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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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
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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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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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