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Cochlear Implants Newport RI

Local resource for Cochlear Implants in Newport, RI. 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.

Ear Nose Medicine and Surgery Group
(401) 367-4419
850 Aquidneck Ave
Middletown, RI
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Our otolaryngologists can treat the full range of ear, nose and throat illnesses. Whether you have swimmers ear, a sore throat, trouble swallowing or hearing loss, our physicians will work with you to achieve your optimal health. Below is included a brief discussion of common ENT problems and how they are approached in our office. All evaluations begin with full discussion of history of the illness, consideration of pertinent past medical history and appropriate medical examination. We also work
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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 - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Sargent Rehab Center
(401) 234-4316
800 Quaker Ln
East Greenwich, RI
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Sargent offers services to children and adults through its Pediatric Program, Neuro Rehabilitation (Brain Injury) Program, and Hearing Center (Audiology).
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SundayClosed
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Physicians Hearing Solutions
(401) 227-1050
3520 Post Rd
Warwick, RI
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Our Services Our professional background and expertise help care for the entire ear from a medical, surgical and hearing instrument perspective. Below you will find a list of services which we can provide. Hearing Aid Services •Hearing Aid evaluation, selection and service with competitive hearing aid pricing including a 30-day money back period. •Offering the latest in digital hearing aid technologies from a wide variety of manufacturers. •Full service hearing aid maintenance a
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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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
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SundayClosed
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Northeast Ear Nose & Throat
(866) 807-0427
299 Founce Corner Road
Dartmouth, MA
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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
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South County Hearing Services
(401) 566-4506
360 Kingstown Rd Ste 201
Narragansett, RI
Services
There are many different hearing instruments available. The two major components to consider is the style (the way it looks on your ear) and the technology (they way it works or sounds). At South County Hearing we believe the technology a patient should wear has mainly to do with their life style. If a patient has a more active life style and finds themselves in a variety of listening situations then they should consider purchasing devices that are as high in technology as they are comfortable a
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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 ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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University Otolaryngology
(401) 234-4062
1351 S County Trl Bldg 3
East Greenwich, RI
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Head and Neck Medicine & SurgeryNeurotology – Otology – Skull Base SurgeryTwo Board Certified Pediatric OtolaryngologistsEndoscopic Treatment of Sinus DiseaseHead and Neck Tumor & Cancer SurgeryAllergy Testing and TreatmentPhysical Therapy (Vestibular Rehabilitation)Center for Vestibular & Balance DisordersEvaluation and Treatment of Hearing LossComprehensive Hearing Aid ServicesOn site CT Scan in our Dudley Street LocationFlexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing with Sensory Tes
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Southcoast Hospitals
(508) 669-3693
283 Pleasant St
Fall River, MA
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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
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Truesdale Audiology Associates
(508) 669-3706
1030 President Ave Rm 124
Fall River, MA
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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
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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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Personal Hearing Systems
(401) 305-2017
1468 Park Ave
Cranston, RI
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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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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