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Cochlear Implants Saint Petersburg FL

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Broadwater Hearing Care
(727) 346-6935
4107 5th Ave N
Saint Petersburg, FL
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Today, one in 10 Americans suffers from hearing loss, but many are not aware of their condition or where to go for help. Broadwater Hearing Care of St. Petersburg understands this and offers quality hearing tests and evaluations to determine your treatment needs. Audiologist Susan Terry provides optimal correction for hearing loss and impairment.
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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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American Institute Of Balance
(727) 346-6916
8200 Bryan Dairy Rd Ste 340
Largo, FL
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AIB developed the Affiliate Program in response to the overwhelming need for a branded national network of vestibular and equilibrium service providers. The comprehensive Affiliate Program is a culmination of the first major steps of professional association with AIB: Education and Certification.
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SundayClosed
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Diagnostic Clinic
(727) 474-0483
3131 N Mcmullen Booth Rd
Clearwater, FL
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SundayOpen by Appointment ,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 ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Digital Hearing Systems
(727) 470-6831
2162 Main St Coastal Plaza
Dunedin, FL
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SundayOpen by Appointment ,Monday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Martina Audiology And Hearing
(239) 491-0247
15271 McGregor Blvd Ste 17
Fort Myers, FL
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Hearing EvaluationThe hearing evaluation consists of several different components: a case history, physical examinationof the ear, pure tone test speech audiometric tests, and acoustic immittance audiometry.Hearing Aid Sales & ServiceThe right hearing aid prevents missing out on many messages that can be critical to a good and satisfying life. The audiologist will recommend from many manufacturers and the latest digital technologies to ensure that your aid is right for you.Assistive Listening De
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Sound Advice Hearing Solutions
(727) 346-6922
3173 4th St N
Saint Petersburg, FL
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The Sound Advice Hearing team is committed to an exceptional level of customer service and a stress-free hearing healthcare experience. Our skilled, caring staff of professionals works hard to ensure your hearing correction experience is seamless, easy and effective. As an independent practice, we can offer our clients any make and model of hearing aid. We are proud to offer free hearing tests and risk free one-week trials of all the latest devices and accessories.We repair all makes and model
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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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Edward B. Kampson, M.D.,p.A.
(813) 489-5112
2835 W De Leon St Ste 202
Tampa, FL
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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 - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Tampa Bay Hearing & Bal. Ctr.
(813) 379-2772
5 Tampa General Circle Suite 610
Tampa, FL
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We serve all ages at the Tampa Bay Hearing and Balance Center. Our services are comprehensive and include: * Ear, Hearing, Balance and Skull-Base Disorders * Surgeries of the Ear, Inner Ear, Facial Nerve and Skull-Base * Cochlear Implant Surgery, Consulting, Mapping, and Ongoing Care * Hearing Assessment & Testing * Implantable Hearing Aids * Digital Hearing Aids * Dizziness, Vertigo, and Imbalance Assessment & Treatment * Electrophysiology Testing
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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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Audiology and Hearing Center
(813) 343-4981
10860 Sheldon Rd
Tampa, FL
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Village Hearing Center
(561) 935-6458
249 S US Highway 1
Tequesta, FL
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SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,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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