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Cochlear Implants Watertown NY

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Watertown Audiology, PC
(315) 836-4561
53-59 Public Sq Fl 2
Watertown, NY
Services
We specialize in the study of:Normal and impaired hearingPrevention of hearing lossIdentification and assessment of hearing and balance issuesRehabilitation of persons with hearing disorders
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Park Avenue Acoustics
(888) 905-6476
274 Madison Ave Ste 1203
New York, NY
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Monday through Friday.
Hours
SundayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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PCL Hearing Services/Islip LLC
(631) 865-1421
2950 Expressway Drive South
Islandiia, NY
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:30 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:30 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment
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Landa Communications Services
(718) 412-9440
108 Shore Rd
Flushing, NY
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Lawrence Hearing LLC
(888) 458-3229
682 E Main St Ste 1A
Middletown, NY
Services
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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Watertown Hearing Center
(315) 836-4699
200 Mullin St Sherman-Mullin Bldg Suite 101
Watertown, NY
Services
We offer a wide range of products and services including Delta Hearing devices.Click Here to vist www.my-delta.comProducts & Services:Diagnostic TestingDigital Hearing AidsFittingsFree Hearing ScreeningHearing Aid BatteriesHearing Aid EvaluationSpecialties:Hearing ScreeningHome FittingDigital Technology
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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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Brooklyn Audiology Assoc. PC
(718) 285-9821
142 Joralemon St Suite 8 B - 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Saturday08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Rochester Hearing And Speech
(585) 347-3433
1170 Ridge Rd
Webster, NY
Services
Speech - Language Pathology ServicesA Speech - Language Evaluation is the first step in understanding the speech-language problem and determining what services are needed to address the problem. RHSC has the most comprehensive testing in the Rochester area.* We not only assess your primary area of concern but we also assess all aspects of communicative functioning.* We use the latest tests and assessment tools available in the field today.* Children are tested in a play setting to obtain optimum
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SundayClosed ,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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Westchester Audiology and Hearing Aid Specialist, P.C.
(914) 417-4671
14 Rye Ridge Plz Ste 247
Rye Brook, NY
Services
Adult and pediatric hearing testing. Dispensing of the latest models of digital hearing aids. Hearing aid repair and service. Custom sim and noise protection molds, custom for cell phone hands free kits, musician monitor molds, hearing aid batteries, assistive listening devices and other hearing aid accessories. We also offer the Lyric, the first totally hidden, extended wear hearing aid.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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ENT & Allergy Associates LLP
(516) 302-4271
901 Stewart Ave Ste 270
Garden City, 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 - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Saturday08:30 AM - 12:30 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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