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Cochlear Implants New Bedford MA

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Coastal Hearing Care
(508) 938-1604
383 Rockdale Ave
New Bedford, MA
Services
Free hearing tests, as well as free cleanings of all hearing aids regardless of where purchased. Also custom earmolds and swimplugs made. We also handle factory repairs on most brands of hearing aids. Digital hearing aids purchased elsewhere can be reprogrammed for a small fee.
Hours
SundayClosed
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Mass Audiology And Hearing &
(508) 689-7624
514 Hanover St
Fall River, MA
Services
Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing instruments are the largest models and can house a variety of circuit options and amplify sounds to a greater degree than most custom models. BTEs rest behind the ear and sound is sent to the ear canal via the earmold and clear plastic tubing molded to fit comfortably in the outer ear area
Hours
SundayClosed
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Truesdale Audiology Associates
(508) 669-3706
1030 President Ave Rm 124
Fall River, MA
Services
Our Clinic featuresExtensive medical services are provided at the Truesdale Clinic. Below is a list of medical and surgical specialties represented throughout our Clinic. Appointments should be made directly with each physician or service. For general information, the Truesdale Clinic maintains a business office which is open from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. daily. Please contact us for more info.Cardiology:Truesdale Cardiology AssociatesPeter S. Cohn, M.D., F.A.C.C.David J. Farber, M.D., F.A.C.C.Pet
Hours
Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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David Gager, MS CCC-A FAA
(508) 444-8087
200A Jones Rd
Falmouth, MA
Services
We provide the full range of services for treatment of Ear, Nose and Throat conditions in adults and children. * Problems with ears, such as infections, pain, hearing problems, deformities * Problems with the nose, such as blockage, drainage, sinus infections, pain, injuries, appearance issues * Read about our recommended treatment for snoring * Swallowing and voice problems * Facial Plastic Surgery: offering minimally invasive techniques along with more traditional methods for im
Hours
SundayClosed
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Morton Hospital
(508) 802-4179
2007 Bay St Speech Hearing Language Ctr.
Taunton, MA
Services
Our programs and services include:Adult Health Clinic for the Uninsured Breast Care CenterBreastfeeding (Lactation) Services Cancer CareCardiac Diagnostic ServicesDay Surgery CenterDiabetes ServicesElder Behavioral Health Services Program 24- Hour Emergency Department: including ExpressMed service for the treatment of non-urgent illnesses and injuries First Impressions Maternity CenterGift ShopHIV Client Services ProgramHyperbaric Oxygen TherapyLaboratoryMental Health and Subs
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Diners Club,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Northeast Ear Nose & Throat
(866) 807-0427
299 Founce Corner Road
Dartmouth, MA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday07:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
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Southcoast Hospitals
(508) 669-3693
283 Pleasant St
Fall River, MA
Services
Southcoast Health System was formed in 1996 from the merged entity of St. Luke''s Health Care System in New Bedford, Mass., Charlton Health System in Fall River, Mass., and Tobey Health Systems in Wareham, Mass.Southcoast has a total of 41 ancillary facilities throughout the South Coast region. In addition to its three community hospitals, Southcoast Health System also includes an assisted living facility, home health care and hospice, a wellness center and numerous outpatient medical services.S
Hours
SundayClosed
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Simply Hearing
(508) 444-8085
533 Palmer Ave
Falmouth, MA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Linda Arectos, MS, CCCA
(508) 444-8084
346 Gifford St
Falmouth, MA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Professional Hearing Aid
(617) 849-8801
1101 Beacon St Ste 8e
Brookline, MA
Hours
SundayClosed
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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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