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Cochlear Implants New York NY

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Park Avenue Acoustics
(888) 905-6476
274 Madison Ave Ste 1203
New York, NY
Services
Monday through Friday.
Hours
SundayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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William Shapiro MA
(888) 860-5843
530 1st Ave Ste 3-E
New York, NY
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 11:00 AM ,Tuesday12:30 PM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 11:00 AM ,Thursday12:30 PM - 05:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 11:00 AM ,SaturdayClosed
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Better Hearing Associates
(888) 439-0295
45 E 72nd St
New York, NY
Services
hearing loss prevention and treatmenttreatment of tinnitus
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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Audionics
(888) 902-0396
515 Madison Ave Rm 2302
New York, NY
Services
Audionics has been providing the highest quality hearing and hearing aid care to New Yorkers for over 50 years. Our mature, licensed and certified audiology staff provides the most up-to-date technology and experience with complex hearing problems, as well as personalized hearing care.We serve adults, infants and children, providing a full range of hearing care and hearing aid services in a relaxed, caring atmosphere at convenient neighborhood locations.
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SundayClosed
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New York Hearing Services
(888) 446-7806
425 W 59th St Fl 10 All Suites
New York, NY
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SundayClosed
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MCEM
(646) 217-4760
161 Madison Ave Rm 10SW
New York, NY
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Audio Help Hearing Centers (Formerly at St. Vincent''s Hospital)
(888) 678-7409
314 W 14th St Floor 2
New York, NY
Services
The hearing and balance organs are highly complex structures and there are many potential causes for one or both to function abnormally. Audio Help Hearing Centers provides a full range of audiology services customized to your individual needs. Our hearing experts have the knowledge and technologies to help prevent, diagnose and rehabilitate hearing loss or dizziness that is not medically-treatable. In many cases, our professionals work collaboratively with your primary care provider, otolaryngo
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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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New York Eye And Ear Infirmary
(888) 471-8163
310 East 14th Street Hearing Aid Dept.
New York, NY
Services
Our Major SpecialtiesOphthalmology (eye)Otolaryngology (ear, nose, throat)Plastic & Reconstructive SurgeryOther Medical ServicesAllergy & ImmunologyMedical PhotographyPain ManagementPathology & Laboratory MedicinePharmacyRadiologySleep CenterPatient Care ServicesNursingSocial WorkSupport GroupsNon-Medical DepartmentsAlumni AssociationContinuing Medical EducationDevelopmentHuman ResourcesMedical AffairsMedical RecordsVolunteer Services
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SundayClosed
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Andrew Resnick, Au.D., LLC
(888) 480-6438
133 E 58th St Ste 411
New York, NY
Services
• Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations for adults and children• Hearing Aid Dispensing The latest technology from allmajor manufacturers• Hearing Aid Repairs and Servicing All makes and models • Otoacoustic Emissions Testing Specialized testing of the integrity of the inner ear• Central Auditory Processing Evaluations Test battery for adults and children (over age 7) with significant listening difficulties despite normal hearing sensitivity• LACE Auditory Training A ho
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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AUDIOLOGY SERVICES
(888) 476-7749
235 E 57th St
New York, NY
Services
Diagnostic hearing evaluations and balance tests. Hearing aid counseling and hearing aid fitting. Supplies for hearing aid maintanance and assistive listening devices. We are here to help you hear better. Please call us and we will answer all your questions.
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 - 12:00 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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