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Cochlear Implants Springfield MA

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Lawrence Prusak MA CCA
(413) 754-4919
299 Carew Street Suite 135
Springfield, MA
Services
At New England Hearing Aids, we affiliate with the best Hearing Aid manufacturers, provide the latest digital technology and instruments that will last indefinitely, enabling the audiologist to keep your prescription current through the years.Our professionals are skilled in the areas of diagnostic procedures, hearing aid selection and provision, assistive listening technology, listening skills related to learning disabilities, and development of effective communication skills through aural re
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Hampden Hearing Center East
(413) 754-4725
200 N Main St North Building Suite 103
East Longmeadow, MA
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DIAGNOSTIC HEARING EVALUATION, to measure your hearing and determine if help is needed.HEARING INSTRUMENT EVALUATION AND FITTING, including measurements with the instruments in your ears (Real Ear Measurement), to ensure that they provide you with optimal benefit for your individual hearing needs. We also review with you how to use and care for the devices. HEARING INSTRUMENT REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE; please contact us if your hearing instrument is not working properly. Hearing devices occasionall
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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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The Hearing Center Of
(860) 265-4070
145 Hazard Ave Ste C
Enfield, CT
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The Hearing Center of Asheville offers the area''s most comprehensive center for audiology care and hearing aid service.*Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations*State-of-the-Art Digital Hearing Aid Fittings*Tinnitus Evaluation and Retraining Therapy*Otoacoustic Emissions & Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry*Custom Ear Protection*On-site Lab for In-house Repairs
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SundayClosed ,Monday01:00 PM - 02:00 PM ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday01:00 PM - 02:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday01:00 PM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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New England Hearing Aids
(413) 268-6019
735 Westhampton Rd Front Door Only
Florence, MA
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Advanced Hearing Solutions
(860) 640-4721
340 Broad St
Windsor, CT
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The services which we offer fall into distinct categories which are listed below. Please click on the service which is of intest to you. A brief description follows. For more information, you might check the Hearing Library link in our main menu, or call us directly to discuss a procedure or service.Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)Assistive listening devices are used to maximize hearing using instruments which may or may not be used in conjunction with a hearing aid. These instruments fall int
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Bay State Medical Center
(413) 279-9004
360 Birnie Ave
Springfield, MA
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SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Thursday07:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Friday07:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Holyoke Hospital Inc.
(413) 315-5232
575 Beech St
Holyoke, MA
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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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Wing Memorial Hospital
(413) 284-4522
40 Wright St Dept Of Material Mgmnt
Palmer, MA
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Wing Memorial Hospital provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient health care services to meet the needs of the Quaboag Hills and Pioneer Valley. To learn more, select from the alphabetical list below.Because Wing Memorial Hospital is a member of UMass Memorial Health Care, our patients have direct access to highly specialized care that may not be available at the hospital. To view a list of all services provided at UMass Memorial hospitals, click on the link provided below.
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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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Clarke Hearing Center
(413) 268-6030
45 Round Hill Rd Bell Hall
Northampton, MA
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In addition to our school programs, Clarke also offers Birth to 3 services, Summer Programs , Mainstream Services, Educational Evaluations and Professional Training opportunities. We also offer hearing services for adults on our Northampton and Philadelphia campuses.
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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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Bay State Mary Lane Hospital
(888) 595-7440
85 South St
Ware, MA
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AmbulanceAnesthesiologyBaystate Visiting Nurse Association & HospiceBehavioral Health ServicesBlood Donor ProgramCancerCardiovascularDept. of MedicineEmergency MedicineEndoscopyHome Care & Home Medical SuppliesHome Infusion & Respiratory ServicesHospital MedicineNeurosciences
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,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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