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Cochlear Implants New Britain CT

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in New Britain, CT. 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.

ProHealth Hearing Center
(860) 269-3835
21 South Rd Ste 112
Farmington, CT
Services
Services provided include hearing testing and treatment, hearing aid evaluations and fittings, tinnitus management, hearing aid repairs, assitive listening devices, custom hearing protection, and swim molds. Patients are generally seen within one week from time of referral or inquiry.
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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Hearing Improvement Center
(860) 264-1029
919 Silas Deane Hwy
Wethersfield, CT
Services
Getting Hearing AidsTest & AudiometryThe Ear ImpressionThe FittingFollow-up Care
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Health & Wellness Center, LLC
(860) 863-4688
710 Main St Ste 8
Plantsville, CT
Services
Hearing Health & Wellness Center, LLC offers most major brands of hearing instruments and provides patient and family counseling for effective hearing aid use. Follow up care as well as assistive listening devices, such as TV Ears are available. Custom earmolds for hearing aids, MP3 players, handsfree telephone earpieces, swim plugs, musician sound plugs and hearing protection are available. No interest and low interest payment plans are available. If hearing loss is suspected, call Hearing Heal
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Center of Glastonbury, LLC
(860) 266-4539
799 Hebron Ave
Glastonbury, CT
Services
What We Do: The Hearing Center of Glastonbury offers a full range of diagnostic audiologic services including comprehensive audiologic assessments, middle ear assessments, Otoacoustic Emission testing (OAE), industrial hearing testing, school screenings and Tinnitus evaluation and management programs. Our rehabilitative services include the latest digital hearing systems including the newest invisible hearing solutions as well as a full line of assistive communication devices. These may includ
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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 - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Solutions
(860) 640-4721
340 Broad St
Windsor, CT
Services
The services which we offer fall into distinct categories which are listed below. Please click on the service which is of intest to you. A brief description follows. For more information, you might check the Hearing Library link in our main menu, or call us directly to discuss a procedure or service.Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)Assistive listening devices are used to maximize hearing using instruments which may or may not be used in conjunction with a hearing aid. These instruments fall int
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Hearing Improvement Center LLC
(860) 218-9422
28 N Main St
West Hartford, CT
Services
Getting Hearing Aids Once you have told us your history and your personal expectations with regard to your hearing, we provide you with detailed advice on the most appropriate products and facilities to meet your requirements:•Which ear has a problem hearing?•Which style of hearing aid is most suitable for you: analog, digitally programmable or fully digital?•Do you want to regulate the volume of the hearing aid yourself, or would you prefer a hearing aid that adjusts automaticall
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Joanne Cyr Calloghan
(860) 516-8116
72 Pine St
Bristol, CT
Services
We are a full service practice offering the latest in hearing techniques and technology. My name is Joanne Cyr-Callaghan and I have been licensed by the State of Connecticut as a Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist for more than 20 years. I also hold a State of Connecticut, LPN license. Each and every year I attend educational meetings and courses to keep up with the changes in hearing instruments.
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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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Easter Seal Rehab Center
(203) 599-0119
158 State St
Meriden, CT
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Comprehensive Hearing
(203) 651-5235
415 Highland Ave Ste 2
Cheshire, CT
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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Gaylord Hospital
(203) 774-3231
40 Gaylord Farm Road PO Box 400
Wallingford, CT
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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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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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