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Cochlear Implants Huntington NY

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in Huntington, NY. 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.

OTOhealth Hearing Care Centers
(631) 479-3142
4 Green St
Huntington, NY
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Selecting the right hearing aid can be a stressful and a difficult decision. We at OTOhealth believe in making the process simple. Whether it is patient care, patient testing, patient counseling, or just the way we listen and treat our patients, our philosophy is simple. Our Patients Come First! In living up to our commitment to our patients, we have positioned our network to offer the latest technology available by having agreements with the industry’s top manufacturers. However, in o
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MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Island Better Hearing
(631) 498-8155
1-03 Schwab Road
Melville, NY
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SundayClosed
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Audiology & Comm Services
(631) 850-3155
777 Larkfield Rd Ste 108
Commack, NY
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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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Ear Works Audiology, P.C.
(631) 328-2438
994 W Jericho Tpke Ste 203
Smithtown, NY
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Comprehensive Hearing EvaluationsHearing Aid ConsulatationsFree Demonstration of Advanced Hearing Aid TechnologyComplete Hearing Health Care Program provided with all new digital hearing aid purchasesHearing Aid Service and RepairsReprogramming of Hearing AidsCustom Ear MoldsEducational SeminarsFM SystemsTinnitus MaskersBPPV ManagementMiddle Ear AnalysisOtoacoustic Emissions (OAE)Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)Electronystagmography (ENG)
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SundayClosed
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Eastern Audiology Resources, Ltd.
(516) 629-5427
40 Glen St Ste 4
Glen Cove, NY
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Melanie Herzfeld, Au.D.
(516) 714-3269
173 Froehlich Farm Blvd
Woodbury, NY
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Full Audiological EvaluationsTinnitus Evaluations and TreatmentsAuditory Processing EvaluationsHearing Aid Dispensing and Evaluation
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Sunday08:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday10:30 AM - 08:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday10:30 AM - 08:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday10:30 AM - 08:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment
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Long Island E N T Assoc. PC
(516) 342-7534
875 Old Country Rd Ste 200
Plainview, NY
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Services & ProceduresWe offer evaluation and treatment for the following:EarHearing LossVertigo & balance disordersRinging in ears (tinnitus)Fluid/recurrent infectionsEar tubesEar drum perforationsDisorders of the hearing bonesCongenital deformities (lop ear, pits )Cysts and tumorsSkin cancersEar waxExternal ear canal problemsNose and SinusNasal allergiesRecurrent sinus infectionsBalloon Sinuplasty™Nasal obstructionNasal polypsNosebleedsCosmetic nasal surgeryThroatRecurrent sore throatsTon
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 09:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 09:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 09:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
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Smithtown Hearing Services
(631) 240-4103
300 E Main St Ste 6
Smithtown, NY
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Complete Audiological EvaluationsTympanometryTinnitus Evaluations, including NeuromonicsAuditory Brainstem and Video NystagmographyCentral Auditory Processing testingCustom Swim/Noise EarplugsHearing Aid Evaluations, sales and serviceVariety of digital instruments brands and stylesHearing aid performance evaluationsCOMPLETE HEARING HEALTHCARE with PURCHASE INCLUDES:Check-ups and product maintenanceBatteries provided for instrument lifetimeQuarterly cleanings and adjustmentsYearly hearing instrum
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SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 06:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 07:00 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 ,Saturday10:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment
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Cove Audiology and Hearing Services
(516) 629-5735
130 Forest Ave Attn: Audiology Dept 2nd Floor
Glen Cove, NY
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Audiometric EvaluationsComplete hearing testing for ages four to adult provided by a certified clinical audiologist. Evaluations include measures of hearing sensitivity for air and bone conducted sounds, measures of speech discrimination ability and, when necessary, assessment of the middle ear function (impedance audiometry), and special testing to determine the location of dysfunction.Battery SalesWe stock a wide selection of fresh batteries. Join our battery club for savings.Cerumen Managemen
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 07:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:30 AM - 01:30 PM by Appointment
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Long Island ENT
(631) 956-4089
100 Sunrise Hwy
Lindenhurst, NY
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We offer evaluation and treatment for the following:EarHearing LossVertigo & balance disordersRinging in ears (tinnitus)Fluid/recurrent infectionsEar tubesEar drum perforationsDisorders of the hearing bonesCongenital deformities (lop ear, pits )Cysts and tumorsSkin cancersEar waxExternal ear canal problemsNose and SinusNasal allergiesRecurrent sinus infectionsBalloon Sinuplasty™Nasal obstructionNasal polypsNosebleedsCosmetic nasal surgeryThroatRecurrent sore throatsTonsillectomy and Adenoi
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SundayClosed ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 09:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 09:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 09:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
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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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