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Cochlear Implants Worcester MA

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American Hearing Aids Inc.
(508) 859-4022
475 Pleasant St
Worcester, MA
Services
We provide hearing testing, hearing aid evaluations and fittings, hearing aid repairs, batteries, assistive listening devices, storage and cleaning products for hearing aids, custom-made swim plugs, earmolds and musician''s ear pieces.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Umass Memorial Rehab. Group
(508) 859-4023
15 Belmont St Ste 3
Worcester, MA
Hours
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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Better Hearing Solutions
(508) 859-4082
24 Park Ave
Worcester, MA
Hours
SundayClosed
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The Hearing Aid Center At
(508) 859-4030
42 Southbridge St Receiving Department
Auburn, MA
Services
1. First we''ll consult with you on your lifestyle to determine your needs and expectations. The rhythms of your life, the environments you live in and your style of interaction will all figure into our recommendations.2. You will experience a free audiometric test*, including speech recognition in noise and loudness discomfort levels. The purpose of these procedures is to measure the degree of any possible impairment3. Once you complete your hearing assessment, you''ll know whether you have any
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SundayClosed
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McCracken
(508) 859-4081
91 McCracken Rd
Millbury, MA
Services
Supports a wide variety of loan programs to meet your customer''s needs- Names and Addresses entered once and available for use on multiple agreements- WriteTrack tool create bills, letters, and notices using Microsoft® Word and Strategy data- Standardized Templates for Name and Address by Country- Borrower Inquiry add-on allows Customers to view loan information securely over the web- Standardized Templates for Name and Address by Country- Choose more fields to Create Letters from Strategy-
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SundayClosed
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Associates In Otolaryngology
(508) 859-4269
48 Elm St
Worcester, MA
Services
Hearing & AudiologyOur audiology department provides diagnostic hearing evaluations and comprehensive hearing aid services.Pediatric EvaluationsHearing loss may affect a child''s ability to learn as well as speech and language development. Early detection and intervention is important in the successful treatment of hearing loss in children.Testing is available for all age levels and includes evaluation of hearing ability and range.Adult EvaluationsComprehensive evaluations allow us to determine
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SundayClosed
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Susan Foley
(888) 577-5501
186 Fairmont Ave
Worcester, MA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Mass Audiology LLC
(508) 436-2116
23 Midstate Dr Rear Entrance , Ste 202
Auburn, MA
Hours
MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment
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New England Hearing Instrument
(508) 439-4487
24 Julio Dr Ste 101
Shrewsbury, MA
Services
We offer The following services:Hearing assessment for all agesHearing aid prescription and fitting of the full range of hearing aids including digital technologyCounseling and rehabilitation for patients and their familiesAssistive listening devices for telephone, television, and public areasSwim molds, ear molds, and noise protectorsEvaluation and treatment for tinnitus
Hours
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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Samina Khan DBA
(508) 859-4084
3 Garfield Drive
Westborough, MA
Hours
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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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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