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Cochlear Implants Pompano Beach FL

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Coconut Creek Physicians
(954) 633-8656
3880 Coconut Creek Pkwy Ste 100
Coconut Creek, FL
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Audiology Associates of
(954) 840-8012
5411 N University Dr Ste 102
Coral Springs, FL
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Diagnostic Services Pure Tone Audiometry (Standard Hearing Test)This test determines the level at which a person detects sound at different frequencies. Speech Discrimination TestingThis test determines how well speech is understood. This test is very helpful in determining if problems exist beyond the hearing nerve and gives insight as to how well hearing aids can help. Immittance TestingThis procedure evaluates middle ear function by assessing how well the eardrum and middle ear bones move. Th
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Hearing Aids Associates, Inc
(954) 357-0353
6221 N University Dr
Tamarac, FL
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OUR SERVICES: * Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations * Digital State-Of-The-Art Hearing Aids * All-make Hearing Aid Repairs * Hearing Aid Adjustments * Free Cleaning of your Present Hearing Aid(s) * Wireless Connectivity to your Cell Phone or TV * Hearing Protection for Work and Leisure * Hearing Education for Patients, Family Members and Caretakers
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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South Florida ENT
(954) 654-7918
3079 East Commercial Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Tuesday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Wednesday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Thursday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Friday08:45 AM - 03:45 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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George Georgakakis MD PA
(954) 828-2679
4801 N Federal Hwy Ste 302
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Tuesday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Wednesday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Thursday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Friday08:45 AM - 03:45 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Center For Hearing And
(954) 633-5806
2900 W Cypress Creek Rd
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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1,435,912 Floridians have a significant hearing loss. In Broward County the hard of hearing population approaches approximately 146,984 with an additional 8,375 categorized as Deaf. Hearing aids can offer dramatic improvement for around 95% of hearing losses.The effects of hearing loss are complex. Hearing impairment often causes or is clustered with medical, financial, physical and emotional complications, like anxiety and a sense of isolation. A communicative challenge such as hearing loss not
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Northeast Hearing Center Inc.
(954) 633-8673
5333 N Dixie Hwy Ste 105
Oakland Park, FL
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Neuro-Audiology Consultants
(561) 404-5811
7301A W Palmetto Park Rd Ste 305A
Boca Raton, FL
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hearing aid services,diagnostic testing services, auditory processing, tinnitus
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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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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HearFlorida
(954) 703-4783
4800 NE 20th Ter Ste 305
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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hearing aid services, diagnostic testing services
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Royal Palm Hearing Aid Center
(561) 404-5812
7072 Beracasa Way
Boca Raton, FL
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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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