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Cochlear Implants Harrisburg PA

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Pinnacle Health Systems
(717) 910-4046
3001 N 7th St
Harrisburg, PA
Services
Emergency DepartmentsEmergency Medical Services (EMS)Medical ServicesCancer CareDiabetes CareHeart CareImaging (Radiology)Lung CareNeurological Care (Brain & Nervous System Conditions)Primary and Specialty CareToxicology CenterSpecialized ServicesChildren''s HealthCommunity and Corporate WellnessHolistic TherapiesHome Care and HospiceLaboratory Services Men''s HealthMental/Behavorial Health Nutrition and Weight ManagementPain Management Palliative CareRehabilitative and Physical TherapySenior He
Hours
SundayClosed
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A.O.P.
(717) 910-4005
880 Poplar Church Rd
Camp Hill, PA
Services
Audiology & Hearing AidsChildren''s ServicesEar ProblemsCochlear and Bone Anchored (BAHA) ImplantsSinusitisSinusitisVoice DisordersThroat and Swallowing ProblemsThyroid and Other Endocrine AbnormalitiesHead and Neck CancerAllergyVertigo, Dizziness, and Balance Disorders
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM 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 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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A.O.P.
(717) 312-4852
34 Northeast Drive 3rd Floor
Hershey, PA
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SundayClosed
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Cathy Young Ma Ccc-A
(717) 589-4053
270 Old State Rd
Shermans Dale, PA
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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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Clear Choice Hearing Aid Ctr
(717) 428-7068
2820 Whiteford Rd
York, PA
Services
Custom Fit Ear PlugsDigital and Programable Hearing Aids Demonstration and DispensingHearing Aid AnalysisHearing testing and evaluationMusician''s Sound PlugsSame Day FitService all makes and models
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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ENT Surgery Group
(717) 910-4248
890 Poplar Church Rd Ste 300
Camp Hill, PA
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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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Duncan-Nulph
(717) 502-4082
5020 Ritter Rd Ste 106
Mechanicsburg, PA
Services
* Comprehensive Hearing Testing including air conduction, bone conduction, and speech reception/discrimination testing * Tympanometry to assess middle ear function * Hearing Aid Consultation * Hearing Aid Fitting focusing on the latest available hearing aid technology * Hearing Aid Service on most makes and models * Hearing Aid Verification using AudioScan. This high-tech test allows us to objectively determine if your hearing aids are providing adequate amplification and allows u
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM 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 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hershey Medical Center
(717) 312-4120
500 University Dr PO Box 850
Hershey, PA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday07:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday07:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Medical Park E N T
(570) 556-4027
80 Medical Park Dr
Lewisburg, PA
Services
General Ear, Nose and ThroatAllergy Testing and TreatmentHearing EvaluationHearing Aid Evaluation and FittingHead and Neck SurgerySinus Surgery
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Thursday07:30 PM - 05:30 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Associates In Hearing
(215) 660-3049
100 W Main St Ste 105
Lansdale, PA
Services
Your One-Step Solution Source For: Family Complete Hearing Evaluations * Basic Hearing Screening * Complete Hearing Examinations * Impedance Testing * Hearing Aid Evaluation & Fitting * Industrial Testing Assistive Listening Devices * Hearing Aids * Digital Hearing Aids * Telephone Amplifiers * Television Amplifiers Other Hearing Services * Repair of Hearing Aids (Regardless of Source) * Custom Swim Molds
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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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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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