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Cochlear Implants Staten Island NY

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ENT & Allergy Associates
(718) 618-4956
1887 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, NY
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Health Information Diseases and disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck negatively impact the lives of millions around the world. Our health information, created by our member physicians, provides a basic overview of diagnoses and treatment for many of these conditions.EarsConditions that impair ear function can be as minor as wax buildup or as serious as congenital deafness. This section contains valuable information about how to protect your hearing, how to recognize indications of
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 AM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Todt Hill Audiology/Inner Ear Institute
(718) 285-7841
78 Todt Hill Rd Ste 202
Staten Island, NY
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Hearing Aids in all price ranges, Servicing and repairs of all types and models of hearing aids, Hearing aid accessories and batteries, hearing testing, Tinnitus testing and treatment, Dizziness and balance testing and treatment, pediatric hearing tests. new born hearing screeings, experienced in hearing tests for special needs, musician plugs and monitors, noise protection plugs, swim plugs and telecommunication ear plugs.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 08:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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Inner Ear Institute
(718) 285-6463
4262 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, NY
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Audio Help Hearing Centers
(888) 902-8574
9015 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY
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The hearing and balance organs are highly complex structures and there are many potential causes for one or both to function abnormally. Audio Help Hearing Centers provides a full range of audiology services customized to your individual needs. Our hearing experts have the knowledge and technologies to help prevent, diagnose and rehabilitate hearing loss or dizziness that is not medically-treatable. In many cases, our professionals work collaboratively with your primary care provider, otolaryngo
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Audio Diagnostics
(718) 690-9518
447 77th St
Brooklyn, NY
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SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 01:30 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 01:30 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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General Hearing Services
(718) 618-4489
2748 Hylan Blvd
Staten Island, NY
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Saturday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM
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Staten Island Univ Hospital
(718) 530-0361
242 Mason Ave Fl 1
Staten Island, NY
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The division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology offers many services to the Hospital, Medical Staff the community. The Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology offers consultation services to all of the departments in the hospital, including general medicine, surgery, pediatrics, ob/gyn and dentistry. The division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology plays an active role in the educational program for the house staff, attending staff, medical students and nurses. The division serves the communi
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Staten Island Audiological Svc
(718) 618-5673
1173 Forest Ave
Staten Island, NY
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We provide a full range of audiological services, including hearing testing, video-electronystagmography evaluations, auditory brainstem response evaluations and central auditory processing evaluations.Our office provides evaluations for the latest hearing aid techology. We also offer custom earmolds, muscian ear protection, swim molds, and recreational ear protection.All evaluations are completed by Doctors of Audiology who are licensed by New York State.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Brooklyn Audiology
(718) 285-6753
8502 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY
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Audiology, Pediatric Audiology, Hearing Aid sales, service, Nuero-Audiology, Complete Audiological Evaluations-Children and Adults,Hearing Aid Evaluations, Dizzy Patient Evaluations,BSER Testing,Fittings, Repairs, and Reprogramming Custom and Musician Plugs Specialize in Difficult Hearing Losses, Problem Solving and Previously Unsatisfied Patients
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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New York Hearing Center
(718) 285-6462
726 60th St Basement
Brooklyn, NY
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A wide range of hearing health care services is available for individuals of all ages. Our professionals are skilled in the areas of childhood hearing loss, adult diagnostic procedures, hearing aid selection and provision, assistive listening technology, listening skills related to learning disabilities, and development of effective communication skills through aural rehabilitation.Hearing assessment for all agesHearing aid prescription and fitting of the full range of hearing aids, including cu
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Thursday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Saturday09:30 AM - 05:30 PM
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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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