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Cochlear Implants Ithaca NY

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Franziska Racker Centers Inc.
(607) 216-4147
1001 W Seneca St Ste 100
Ithaca, NY
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Audiology ClinicAutism TrainingEarly Childhood ServicesSchool Age ServicesAdult ServicesResources for Family
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Cortland Hearing Aids
(888) 790-0230
64 Pomeroy St
Cortland, NY
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Provides diagnostic audiological testing which includes comprehensive hearing evaluations, auditory brainstem response testing, otoacoustic emission testing, electronystagmography testing, and vestibular rehabilitation.
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SundayClosed
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Mcguire''s All Brand
(631) 869-4655
475 E Main St
Patchogue, NY
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Audiometric Evaluations Audiometric Evaluations for Adults typically include the following test battery: PureTone Threshold Testing,Speech Recognition Testing,Immitance Testing(Tympanometry and Acoustic reflexes),and Sound Field Speech Recognition Testing.A Detailed Case History is performed prior to testing. Patents in need of amplification are counseled on the functional benefits as it relates to their individual needs and lifestyle. Audiometric Evaluations: PediatricsThe audiological evaluati
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Hearite Audiological Svc. Pllc
(718) 530-0315
1410 48th St
Brooklyn, NY
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SundayClosed ,Monday10:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday10:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Wednesday10:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Thursday10:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Friday10:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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WCA Hospital
(716) 708-1895
207 Foote Ave
Jamestown, NY
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SundayClosed
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Audiology Consultants
(888) 759-0131
9 Church St
Cortland, NY
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Quality Services Hearing Evaluations Counseling for Hearing Loss Hearing Aid Fitting Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) Audiology Services for Infants and Children Educational Audiology Programs for Students Auditory ProcessingEvaluations (CAP Evaluations) Hearing Aid Repair
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP
(845) 795-3147
200 Westage Business Ctr Ste 224
Fishkill, NY
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Health Information Diseases and disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck negatively impact the lives of millions around the world. Our health information, created by our member physicians, provides a basic overview of diagnoses and treatment for many of these conditions.EarsConditions that impair ear function can be as minor as wax buildup or as serious as congenital deafness. This section contains valuable information about how to protect your hearing, how to recognize indications of
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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 ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Saratoga Springs Hrg.
(518) 633-1147
414 Maple Ave Ste 800
Saratoga Springs, NY
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 01:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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East End Hearing & Speech
(631) 791-5516
4747 Nesconset Hwy Unit 8
Port Jefferson Station, NY
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East End Hearing believes in providing the highest quality products and services. You can be sure that you will receive an objective assessment of hearing. If hearing aids are indicated, we will provide exceptional service and post fit rehabilitative care because:East End Hearing offers a wide range of digital hearing aid choices. We identify the patients'' amplification requirements and then select from any one of several hearing aid manufacturers. As a result, we ensure that each individual re
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SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 07:30 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
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LIJ Hearing Aid Dispensary
(718) 878-3782
430 Lakeville Rd
New Hyde Park, NY
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 07:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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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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