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Cochlear Implants Frederick MD

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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
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 - 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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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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The Hearing Center of Chestertown
(410) 928-4001
818 High Street Suite 3
Chestertown, MD
Hours
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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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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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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Bowie Hearing Center
(301) 850-1236
3233 Superior Ln Ste B2
Bowie, MD
Services
* Comprehensive Hearing Test Evaluations *Tinnitus Evaluations and Treatment * The Latest Digital Hearing Aid Technology * Assistive Listening Devices * Custom Musician and Noise Protection Earplugs * Hearing Aid Accessories and More
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,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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ENT Specialists of Shady Grove
(301) 637-7234
9420 Key West Ave Ste 430
Rockville, MD
Services
Comprehensive hearing testingHearing aid consultations, fitting or repairCustom swimmolds, musician earmolds or ear protectionENG balance testingABR/ECoG diagnostic testingENT physician for medical evaluation or treatment
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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Dr. Gehris, Jordan And
(410) 942-9976
421 S Union Ave
Havre De Grace, MD
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SundayClosed
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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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