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Cochlear Implants Gainesville GA

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NE Georgia Otolaryngology
(866) 476-3178
2406 Lighthouse Manor Dr
Gainesville, GA
Services
The physicians at Northeast Georgia Otolaryngology Associates have the goal of providing the safest, most state of the art, and the most comprehensive medical and surgical care in a friendly, welcoming environment. Our surgeons are all board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery and treat the full spectrum of pediatric and adult medical and surgical issues. Our physicians and staff look forward to providing you and your family superior care.
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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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Audiology HEARS PC
(888) 459-3959
6130 Southard Trce
Cumming, GA
Services
Our Services DIAGNOSTIC AUDIOLOGY Infants to Senior CitizensUNHS follow-upAudiologic EvaluationsTympanometryOAETinnitus Evaluation PEDIATRIC AUDIOLOGY Conditioned Play AudiometryVisual Reinforcement AudiometryOtoacoustic Emissions (OAE)
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Sunday12:00 PM - 08:00 PM ,Monday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Audiology At Home
(888) 314-6142
3939 Lavista Rd Ste E390
Tucker, GA
Services
* Audiological Assessment both on and off premises o Otoacoustic Emissions o Pure tone Audiometry o Speech Audiometry o Middle Ear Analysis * Hearing aid services and repairs * Hearing aid counseling * Aural Rehabilitation including the LACE program * Cerumen Management
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SundayClosed
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Hearing Doctors Of Georgia
(888) 485-1972
550 Eagles Landing Pkwy Ste 201
Stockbridge, GA
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information counseling, noise generators, high frequency emphasis hearing aids, and specially tuned noise plugs. Most patients while not being cured can, with help, live successfully with this frustrating situation.
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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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South Georgia Audiology and
(229) 233-4417
305 W Hansell St
Thomasville, GA
Services
Diagnostic AudiologyHearing AidsCustom Hearing ProtectionHearing EvaluationsOtoacoustic Emissions (OAE)Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)Balance Testing Electronystagmography (ENG)Pediatrics through adults
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 AM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 PM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology Associates
(888) 376-9334
333 Jesse Jewell Pkwy SE
Gainesville, GA
Services
For more than twenty years, Audiology Associates of Georgia has been the audiologist of choice for people wanting quality, value, and caring service for their hearing healthcare needs. With today''s advanced hearing aid technology we can help you hear all the sounds of your life.ServicesHearing Instrument CleaningAuditory CounselingHearing Instrument Earmolds
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SundayClosed
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Columbus Speech & Hearing Ctr.
(706) 405-4361
2424 Double Churches Road
Columbus, GA
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Hearing Services •Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation•Otoacoustic Emissions Testing•Hearing Aid Evaluation/Demonstration•Hearing Aid Sales/Repairs/Accessories•Auditory Brainstem Response Testing?Sleep Deprived?Sedated•ENG/VNG Dizzy/Balance Study Testing•Complete Hearing Healthcare Speech Language Services •Speech Language Evaluation/Therapy•Voice Evaluation/Therapy•Swallowing Evaluation/Therapy•Fluency Evaluation/Therapy•Reading Evaluation
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SundayClosed ,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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Univ. Speech & Hearing Center
(706) 955-1744
1430 Harper St Ste 3
Augusta, GA
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SundayClosed
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Archbold Medical Group
(229) 233-4107
706 S Broad St
Thomasville, GA
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Carrollton Ear Nose Throat
(888) 723-6098
150 Clinic Ave Ste 201
Carrollton, GA
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 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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