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Cochlear Implants Miami FL

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Groisman & Kleidermacher
(888) 441-6947
747 Ponce De Leon Blvd Ste 305
Miami, FL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Miami Hearing Aid Center Inc.
(888) 658-1526
3661 S Miami Ave Ste 410
Miami, FL
Services
At every HearFlorida Hearing Loss Center, we examine every aspect of your hearing loss and your listening environment to recommend the best style and technology of hearing device most appropriate for you. We offer a wide variety of the latest digital hearing aids and popular brands such as Siemens, Unitron, Starkey, Phonak, Widex, Vivatone, Lyric, Oticon, Rexton, and Resound. All hearing devices have a 30-day satisfaction period.
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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University of Miami Ear Inst
(888) 903-8344
1120 NW 14th St Clinical Research Bldg 5th FL
Miami, FL
Hours
SundayClosed
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South Miami Audiology
(888) 602-4167
7000 SW 62nd Av. Ste. PH S
Miami, FL
Services
Diagnostic audiological evaluations to include pure tone audiometry (air and bone), speech reception and discrimination, tympanometry, acoustic reflexes, and acoustic reflex decayAll Hearing aid services from selection to fitting to repairs, using nationally and internationally high quality instruments including the latest in digital technologyTinnitus evaluations and remediation for ringing or other noises in the earsVideonystagmograms for dizzinessAuditory brainstem evaluations upon doctors re
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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S Florida ENT Associates PA
(305) 508-4708
8940 N Kendall Dr Ste 504E
Miami, FL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Groisman & Kleidermacher
(888) 471-5169
1321 NW 14th St Ste 204
Miami, FL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Greater Miami Ear Assoc PL
(305) 396-3168
3661 S Miami Ave Ste 407
Miami, FL
Hours
SundayClosed
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South Florida
(305) 767-1319
6705 SW 57th Ave Ste 704
South Miami, FL
Services
South Florida ENT Associates (SFENTA) is dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate, and responsible medical care and surgical treatment of disorders related to the ears, nose and throat. We are committed to improving our patient''s quality of life through communication, through the use of the most sophisticated equipment and surgical techniques, and through ethical decision making. Our mission is to listen, to care and to cure.
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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Hearing and Speech Center of Florida, Inc
(888) 259-7532
9425 SW 72nd St Ste 261
Miami, FL
Services
Digital Hearing Aids Comprehensive Audiological Evaluations Assistive Listening Devices (ALDS) Comprehensive Hearing Health Care Program On-Site Maintenance & Repairs Custom Swim molds, Shooters'', & Musician''s Plugs Difficult to Fit Cases Routinely Handled Specialty molds for electronic devices(Apple Ipod, Hands Free Bluetooth Devices) and MusiciansPre-school hearing screenings Community screenings and health fairs Community presentations
Hours
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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William A Ditkowsky, Md PA
(888) 277-5198
9275 SW 152nd St Ste 212
Palmetto Bay, FL
Services
Services * Otolaryngology * Snoring/Sleep apnea * Tonsillectomy/Ear tubes * Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery/laser surgery * ENG’s. * Allergy testing * Full audiologic services/ Sales and fitting of hearing aid
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday01:30 PM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 11:45 AM ,Thursday01:30 PM - 03:30 PM ,Friday07:00 AM - 11:45 AM ,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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