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Cochlear Implants Plattsburgh NY

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Champlain Valley
(518) 492-4559
176 US Oval Ste 3
Plattsburgh, NY
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Diagnostic Services: Adult and Pediatric * Comprehensive hearing evaluations * Comprehensive central auditory processing evaluationsRehabilitative Services: Adult and Pediatric * Hearing loss/disability needs assessment * Hearing aid selection, fitting and careful follow-through care * Assistive listening device selection and fitting * Electroacoustic verification of hearing aid performance, ensuring maximum speech understanding for the listener * Hearing aid repair * Aud
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Genesee Country Audiology Serv
(585) 645-0016
680 Ridge Rd
Webster, NY
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OUR FACILITYMISSION STATEMENT| PHILOSOPHY|GOALS|PAST SATISFACTION SURVEYSMISSION STATEMENTWe will provide realistic expectations, achieve maximum potential, advise patients of viable alternatives and provide only the level of product and services which are appropriate in order to assure the best possible outcome.
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Lawrence Hearing LLC
(888) 458-3229
682 E Main St Ste 1A
Middletown, NY
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Hearing Services Provided by Qualified, Dedicated Professionals.We offer: Comprehensive Hearing Needs Assessments Hearing Aid Evaluations Hearing Aid Sales and Service Hearing Aid Repairs (all makes & models) Extended Warranties Assistive Listening Devices Hearing Protection Musicians Ear Plugs BatteriesOur Commitment to your success.We are confident in our ability to fit High Quality Hearing Aids that will provide you with years of Better Hearing & Speech
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiocare Hearing Svcs
(518) 638-4672
62 Elm St
Glens Falls, NY
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Our Triple Guarantee Assures Your Peace of Mind.At Audiocare, we''re committed to providing you with the best hearing help available. That''s why we offer a 45-day satisfaction guarantee on all new fittings. If within 45 days of delivery you are not satisfied with the fit, appearance or performance of your new aid, you can return it to us for a refund. Please call us for details.With Our Exclusive Q-Care Plan, Your Hearing Aid Purchase is Complete.Quality Service is important to ensure the best
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Mcguire''s All Brand
(631) 869-4655
475 E Main St
Patchogue, NY
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Audiometric Evaluations Audiometric Evaluations for Adults typically include the following test battery: PureTone Threshold Testing,Speech Recognition Testing,Immitance Testing(Tympanometry and Acoustic reflexes),and Sound Field Speech Recognition Testing.A Detailed Case History is performed prior to testing. Patents in need of amplification are counseled on the functional benefits as it relates to their individual needs and lifestyle. Audiometric Evaluations: PediatricsThe audiological evaluati
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Plattsburgh State University
(518) 492-4057
101 Broad St
Plattsburgh, NY
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Long Island ENT
(631) 956-4089
100 Sunrise Hwy
Lindenhurst, NY
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We offer evaluation and treatment for the following:EarHearing LossVertigo & balance disordersRinging in ears (tinnitus)Fluid/recurrent infectionsEar tubesEar drum perforationsDisorders of the hearing bonesCongenital deformities (lop ear, pits )Cysts and tumorsSkin cancersEar waxExternal ear canal problemsNose and SinusNasal allergiesRecurrent sinus infectionsBalloon Sinuplasty™Nasal obstructionNasal polypsNosebleedsCosmetic nasal surgeryThroatRecurrent sore throatsTonsillectomy and Adenoi
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SundayClosed ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 09:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 09:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 09:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
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Madison Hearing Center
(518) 708-6133
1547 Columbia Tpke Ste 1
Castleton On Hudson, NY
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Our Rehabilitative Services? Tinnitus and retraining therapy? The Capital Region’s only Life’s SoundSuites, using a virtual reality theater toevaluate hearing aid performance indifferent listening situations? Full service hearing instrumentmaintenance and repair on all makes andmodels? Ear mold impressions for hearing devices,swim plugs, noise protection,musicians’filters, cell phones, and music players? Assistive Listening Devices (amplifiedtelephones, neck loops for t-coil ai
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 01:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Northern Dutchess ENT PLLC
(845) 384-1149
55 Chestnut St
Rhinebeck, NY
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Throat reflux (LPR), audiology services, sinus & nasal problems.
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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 - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hudson Valley Audiology Center
(845) 406-9985
500 New Hempstead Rd
New City, NY
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Hearing and Tinnitus Evaluations Middle Ear Testing Speech in Noise TestingDispensing Hearing TechnologyHearing Aid Checks, Cleanings, and RepairsReal Ear MeasurementsDispensing Wireless Technology
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SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 03:00 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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