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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
Services
Audiology ClinicAutism TrainingEarly Childhood ServicesSchool Age ServicesAdult ServicesResources for Family
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Cortland Hearing Aids
(888) 790-0230
64 Pomeroy St
Cortland, NY
Services
Provides diagnostic audiological testing which includes comprehensive hearing evaluations, auditory brainstem response testing, otoacoustic emission testing, electronystagmography testing, and vestibular rehabilitation.
Hours
SundayClosed
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Mcguires Hearing Aid Service
(631) 653-1082
818 E Main St
Riverhead, NY
Services
FREE SCREENING: Free demo of the latest technology and free consultation. Family tradition of serving Long Island hearing-impaired populations for 40 years Uncompromising pledge of professional service offered by caring staff Provider of the most technologically advanced digital hearing instruments Substantial discounts on digital hearing instruments Serving all hearing populations, from profoundly impaired to those who simply require clarity Most extensive warranties and service nationally
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SundayClosed
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Better Hearing of Madison County, LLC
(315) 366-4864
121 Main St
Oneida, NY
Services
We have a satellite office in Morrisville, NY to accommodate clients. We stock batteries, wax removal systems, amplified telephones, air flight hearing and pressure protection.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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GB AUDIOLOGY, PLLC
(516) 858-2558
107 Northern Blvd Ste 309
Great Neck, NY
Services
GB AUDIOLOGY, PLLC provides the following hearing healthcare services in a most caring and attentive manner:Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations to determine the cause of your hearing problem;Hearing Aid Consulatations to choose the technology that best suits your hearing loss and your lifestyle;Hearing Aid Service and Repairs;Custom Ear Molds;Assistive Listening Devices;Pediatric Testing
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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Audiology Consultants
(888) 759-0131
9 Church St
Cortland, NY
Services
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
Hours
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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ABK Audiology
(585) 612-4398
56 E Main St
Avon, NY
Hours
Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Riverside Audiology
(607) 323-4062
15 Riverside Dr Ste 1
Johnson City, NY
Services
Hearing Evaluations, hearing aid dispensing and repairs, custom earmolds for hearing protection (including musician''s earplugs), swimming, and ipods/mp3 players
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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Melanie Herzfeld, Au.D.
(516) 714-3269
173 Froehlich Farm Blvd
Woodbury, NY
Services
Full Audiological EvaluationsTinnitus Evaluations and TreatmentsAuditory Processing EvaluationsHearing Aid Dispensing and Evaluation
Hours
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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Ear Works Inc
(516) 252-1549
480 E Bay Dr
Long Beach, NY
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 01:30 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 01:30 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,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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