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Cochlear Implants Gainesville FL

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U. Of Florida Spch & Hrng
(352) 358-4084
925 NW 56th Terrace Ste B
Gainesville, FL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:45 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:45 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:45 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:45 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:45 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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University of Florida @ Shands
(352) 358-4036
1600 SW Archer Rd Rm D2-57
Gainesville, FL
Services
CancerChildren''s ServicesHeart CareNeurological ServicesOrthopaedicsTransplantWomen & Families
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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Neuro-Audiology Consultants
(561) 404-5811
7301A W Palmetto Park Rd Ste 305A
Boca Raton, FL
Services
hearing aid services,diagnostic testing services, auditory processing, tinnitus
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 by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Manatee Hearing
(941) 462-2164
701 Manatee Ave W Ste 201
Bradenton, FL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Contemporary Hearing Solutions
(941) 584-8425
523 Tamiami Trl S
Venice, FL
Services
Our Services Complete Hearing TestBegining with a conversation to ensure your comfort and understand your goals for hearing well in your lifestyle. Then an inspection of the ear canal followed by an air test, how well you hear tones through the aid, bone test, how well your cochlea is perceiving tones, and a speech discrimination test, how well you understand the vowel and consanant combination. All results of the test are reviewed fully.Family Consultation - FREEWe will meet with any family m
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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 ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Gainesville ENT and
(352) 358-4076
7135 NW 11th Pl Ste A
Gainesville, FL
Services
Dr. Pinner received both a Masters of Art and a Doctor of Audiology She specializes in all aspects of hearing improvement for both adults and pediatrics including diagnosis, hearing aid selection and fittings. Immunotherapy for allergies is administered and we offer the highest level of hearing care provided exclusively by Doctors of Audiology
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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Dr. Joseph D. Sparks
(352) 358-4067
1225 NW 10th Ave
Gainesville, FL
Services
As an audiologist, my goal is to have every one of my patients enjoy the benefits of being able to hear clearly. People of all ages can encounter hearing problems from infants to the elderly. It all begins with testing your hearing and understanding the best solutions available for your problem. I can help you every step of the way.My office is located in Gainesville, Florida, and I welcome any and all individuals who are concerned about their hearing. I offer many services including: * Adult
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Spa
(941) 225-2764
1058 N Tamiami Trl Ste 105
Sarasota, FL
Services
We provide a comprehensive array of services related to prevention, evaluation and rehabilitation of hearing loss and imbalance (dizziness). Our practice boasts state of the art equipment to assist us in providing the following services:# Comprehensive hearing evaluations -Otoacoustic emission testing (OAE) -Tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing -Tinnitus evaluations -Cerumen (wax) removal -Employment-related hearing evaluations -Balance (Dizzy) Evaluations -Cochlear Implant Evaluations, Refe
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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HearCare Audiology Center
(941) 225-2230
1445 S Osprey Ave Ste 2
Sarasota, FL
Services
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations, Hearing Rehabilitation, State of the Art Digital Hearing Aid Sales and Service, Hearing Aid Accessories, Hearing Aid Adjustment, Tinnitus Management and Treatment, Cerumen Management
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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Michael V Riesberg MD
(850) 304-0058
4900 North Davis Hgwy Ste 1
Pensacola, FL
Services
Causes/Symptoms of Voice DisordersTypes of Voice DisordersDiagnosing a Voice DisorderTreatment OptionsSwallowing DisordersReflux DiseaseAudiologistTypes of Hearing LossHearing AidsBalance
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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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