USER GUIDE
GUIDE DE
L’UTILISATEUR
GUÍA DEL USUARIO
Getting Started.................................................1
Install the Battery.............................................1
Twist the Tube and Dome to
the Correct Side for Your Ear ......................2
Put the Earpiece On.........................................3
Getting used to wearing the earpiece......................3
Adjust the Volume............................................4
Adjusting the volume: an example...........................4
Low-battery indicator..............................................5
Getting used to new sounds....................................5
Cleaning and Care...........................................6
Suggested maintenance..........................................6
Installing a New Tube.......................................9
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Garantía limitada de 6 meses. Consulte más detalles en el interior.
RPSA05 NA UG 01
To replace the wide tube and dome.........................9
Buying and using a thin tube and dome.................10
Tour of the RCA Symphonix
Earpiece......................................................12
Troubleshooting.............................................13
6-Month Limited Warranty.............................15
Pour des instructions en français, se
reporter à la page 16.
Para obtener instrucciones en español,
consulte la página 33.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this product to rain
or moisture. The apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing. No objects filled
with liquids, such as vases, shall be placed on the apparatus.
Important Safety Instructions
1. Read these instructions.
2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings.
4. Follow all instructions.
5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
6. Clean only with dry cloth.
7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s
instructions.
8. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other
apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9. Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs,
convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
10.Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
11. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the
apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug is
damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus
has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
FCC Information
FCC Regulations state that unauthorized changes or modifications to this equipment may
void the user’s authority to operate it.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference and (2) this device
must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Industry Canada Regulatory Information
This Class [B] digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
FDA Note on Personal Sound Amplifiers (PSAPs)
PSAPs are intended to amplify environmental sound for non-hearing impaired consumers.
They are not intended to compensate for hearing impairment. Examples of situations in
which PSAPs typically are used include hunting (listening for prey), bird watching, listening
to lectures with a distant speaker, and listening to soft sounds that would be difficult to
hear (e.g., distant conversations, performances). Because PSAPs are not intended to
diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate disease and do not alter the structure or function of the
body, they are not devices as defined in the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. As such, there
is no regulatory classification, product code, or definition for these products. Furthermore,
there are no requirements for registration of manufacturers and listing of these products
with FDA.
However, PSAPs are subject to applicable provisions of the Radiation Control for Health
and Safety Act of 1968, under which FDA regulates electronic products that emit
sonic vibrations, such as sound amplification equipment. (See also 21 CFR 1000.15.)
Manufacturers of PSAPs must report defects and adverse events and take other measures
described in 21 CFR Part 1003. Manufacturers of PSAPs must also comply with the
requirements to repurchase, repair, or replace electronic products required under 21 CFR
Part 1004.
Discard button batteries carefully.
•Do not allow children to play with button batteries, and keep button batteries out of your
child’s reach.
•Caution hearing aid users to keep hearing aids and batteries out of the reach of children.
•Never put button batteries in your mouth for any reason as they are easily swallowed
accidentally.
•Always check medications before ingesting them. Adults have swallowed button
batteries mistaken for pills or tablets.
•Keep remotes and other electronics out of your child’s reach if the battery compartments
do not have a screw to secure them. Use tape to help secure the battery compartment.
•If a button battery is ingested, immediately seek medical attention. The National Battery
Ingestion Hotline is available anytime at (202) 625-3333 (call collect if necessary), or call
your poison center at (800) 222-1222.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Congratulations on your purchase of
the RCA Symphonix Personal Sound
Amplifier! This device is designed to help
you hear better in certain situations, like
meetings, watching TV, or parties, where
other sounds may interfere. The RCA
Symphonix Personal Sound Amplifier lets
you choose the level of amplification and
noise filtering you want.
Getting Started
The RCA Symphonix RPSA05 Personal Sound Amplifier
comes with the following parts:
:: Earpiece (with wide tube and medium dome attached)
:: 1 A312 Battery
::
Storage Case
:: 1 Small Dome
Install the Battery
1. Open the battery door on the
back of the earpiece.
2. Find the battery bag in the
storage case. Remove the
battery from the bag.
3. Peel the protective tab off the
back of the battery.
IMPORTANT: Don’t remove
the battery’s protective tab
until you’re ready to use the
battery! A ZA312 battery can
last for years in storage if you
leave its protective tab in place (see expiration date
to be sure). Removing this tab activates the battery
for use, which means the battery will run out of power
in a matter of weeks (probably even sooner), whether
you use it or not.
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Put the Earpiece On
4. Place the battery into the
battery door as shown here.
1. Put the earpiece body behind your
ear.
5. Close the battery door
completely.
2. Insert the dome in your ear gently.
NOTE: Normal battery life for the
RPSA05 earpiece is 7 full days of
use. The RPSA05 uses standard
A312 hearing aid batteries,
available at most pharmacies.
Replacement batteries are also
available at RCASymphonix.
com or through the Accessories
brochure in this package.
Then gently wiggle the dome
into the ear canal so that it is
comfortably in place.
IMPORTANT: Once you close the battery door, the
RPSA05 is on and ready to use. The earpiece stays on
until the battery runs out of power or you open the battery
door again. If you’re not going to use the earpiece for a
while, open the battery door to conserve battery power.
Twist the Tube and Dome to the Correct
Side for Your Ear
1. Hold the earpiece with the
battery door pointing toward
the side you want to use the
earpiece on, as shown here.
For example, if you want to
use the earpiece on your left
ear, hold the earpiece with
the battery door on the left.
2. Hold the tube close to the
end with the dome. Twist
the end of the tube with the
dome so that it’s facing away
from you.
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Battery
Door
For the
left ear
Note: Make sure the dome is firmly
in position. You may experience
feedback if the fit is too loose.
Getting used to wearing the earpiece
The earpiece might be uncomfortable at first. Having
something new in your ear might take a few days to get
used to, but any discomfort should subside after a few
days. If it doesn’t, you might want to try the small dome
included in this package (see the directions below).
Installing the Small Dome
The dome that comes pre-installed on the earpiece
is designed to fit most wearers. However, if after
using this dome for a few days you still experience
discomfort with it, you can switch to the small dome
included in this package.
1. Hold the earpiece right-side up. Hold the dome
between your thumb and forefinger. Secure the
end of the tube with the thumb and forefinger of
your other hand.
2. Twist the dome downwards to remove it from the
end of the tube.
3. Find the plastic bag in this package containing the
small dome. Remove the small dome from this bag
and push it onto the end of the tube until it’s firmly
in place.
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Adjust the Volume
Adjusting the volume: an example
The RCA Symphonix earpiece has three preset levels of
sound amplification to fit three distinct user profiles or
listening environments.
Let’s imagine someone puts on the RCA Symphonix
earpiece and wants to adjust the volume. Here’s how
he or she goes through the volume settings:
Levels
Turns on the earpiece; level 1 setting.
1
minimum noise reduction, low-level amplification
2
medium noise reduction, medium gain
3
maximum noise reduction, maximum gain
Presses the volume button once (2 beeps); level 2
setting.
Presses the volume button again (3 beeps); level 3
setting.
Presses the volume button a third time (1 beep);
level 1 setting.
When you turn it on, the Symphonix earpiece goes
to setting 1 (minimum noise reduction, low-level
amplification).
To adjust the volume: Find
the volume button on the
earpiece body. Completely
depress it for 1 second. You
will hear 2 short beeps, which
means the earpiece is now on
setting 2.
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Low-battery indicator
Volume
Button
To go to level 3, press the
volume button for 1 second
again until you hear 3 short
beeps.
To go back to level 1, press the volume button again. You
should hear 1 short beep. You can also turn the earpiece
off and back on again. The earpiece will automatically go
to setting 1 when it’s turned back on.
The RCA Symphonix earpiece has an audible indicator
when its battery should be replaced: it lets out a soft,
constant beeping. So, if you hear a beeping that
continues past several seconds, it’s time to replace the
battery in the RCA Symphonix earpiece. See page 1 for
instructions.
Using RCA Symphonix with your phone
You should be able to use the RCA Symphonix earpiece
with your home phone or cell phone without any feedback
or discomfort. If you have any difficulties using the
earpiece with your phone, see the troubleshooting section
of this manual.
Getting used to new sounds
RCA Symphonix lets you experience sounds you might
not be used to hearing, everyday sounds like clocks
ticking, paper rustling or crinkling, nearby whispering or
soft conversation, outdoor noises like wildlife or traffic, or
nearby footsteps. It might take you a while to get used to
all these new sounds...at first, they might be distracting.
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Cleaning and Care
Cleaning the earpiece
With the proper care, your RCA Symphonix earpiece
should provide years of use. It is important to keep the
following cautions in mind.
:: DO NOT get water on or in the earpiece.
:: DO NOT wear the earpiece while swimming,
showering, in heavy rain, or in a moist atmosphere (like
a sauna).
:: DO NOT use solvents or liquids on the earpiece.
:: DO NOT use solvents on the tube or dome.
:: DO NOT sleep with the earpiece on.
:: DO NOT leave the earpiece in or near direct sunlight or
excessive heat.
:: Remove the RCA Symphonix earpiece when applying
cosmetics, perfume, aftershave, hairspray, lotion, or
any other product that might get into the earpiece.
:: Remove the RCA Symphonix earpiece during strenuous
physical activities, like working out.
:: Keep the RCA Symphonix earpiece clean and dry.
If you find yourself in a situation where the RCA
Symphonix might get wet—caught in the rain without an
umbrella, for example—just take off the earpiece and put
it in your pocket or purse.
Suggested maintenance
To get the most from your RCA Symphonix earpiece,
you should keep a routine of cleaning its parts. We
recommend the following schedule:
Daily Clean the earpiece
Weekly
Clean the tube and dome
Clean the microphone and
sound inlet
Every 3-4 months
Replace the tube and dome
Make it easy! RCA Symphonix has a cleaning kit with
the exact tools you need to keep your earpiece, tube,
and dome clean and ready to use, as well as service
plans for keeping your earpiece in top working order. See
the brochures in this package or visit RCASymphonix.
com for more information.
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Use a soft cloth to wipe the earpiece after use to remove
any particles or moisture. Be careful not to get water on
or in the earpiece.
Cleaning the tube and dome
IMPORTANT: Take the battery out before you clean the
tube and dome.
Open the battery door. Then take
the battery out and put it in a safe
place—you’ll put it back in after
you’re done cleaning the tube and
dome. Finally, close the battery
door and follow the directions
below to clean the tube and dome.
1. Find the part of the old
tube that is attached to the
earpiece. Gently rotate this
section of the tube so that
the sound inlet is exposed
(as shown here).
Sound
inlet
2. Pull the tube straight off the
earpiece.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT pull the tube off at an angle.
Doing so could harm the tube connector or the
components in your earpiece and void your warranty.
3. Once you’ve removed the tube from the earpiece,
use a soft, moist cloth or mild soap and water to
clean the tube and dome. You can also use the RCA
Symphonix accessory cleaning kit, available through
RCASymphonix.com or through the Accessories
brochure in this package.
IMPORTANT: Make sure all components are
completely dry before you put them back on the
earpiece.
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If there’s wax in the tube: Use a section of
monofilament fishing line (medium to heavy-gauge) to
clean inside the tube. You can also use the tube-cleaning
rod from the RCA Symphonix cleaning kit, available
from the accessories brochure in this package or on
RCASymphonix.com.
Cleaning the microphone and sound inlet
The microphone and sound inlet on your earpiece are
under the tube connector. To clean these parts, you must
first remove the tube from the earpiece (see Cleaning the
tube and dome on the previous page).
Once you’ve removed the tube
from the earpiece, you can use
a small brush to gently remove
any particles that may be on the
earpiece’s microphone or sound
inlet (shown here). DO NOT use
any liquids or solvents on the
earpiece.
Microphone
Sound
inlet
Putting the tube back on
When you’ve finished cleaning the tube and dome, follow
these steps to put the tube back on the earpiece.
1. Find the part of the tube that
connects to the earpiece (shown
here).
Tube
connector
Putting the battery back in
When you’ve finished cleaning the tube and dome, follow
these steps to put the battery back into the earpiece.
1. Open the battery door on the back of the earpiece.
2. Place the battery into the battery door.
3. Close the battery door completely.
Replacing the tube and dome
If you need to replace the tube and dome, use the
accessory brochure included in this package or visit
RCASymphonix.com. There are several kinds of tubes and
domes available—the one that comes with the RPSA05
is the wide tube and dome. See the Installing a New Tube
section for more information.
Installing a New Tube
We recommend you replace your tube and dome every
3–4 months to keep the RPSA05 in top working order. You
can also replace the wide tube and dome that comes with
the RPSA05 with a thin tube and different-sized dome. A
variety of tubes and domes for the RPSA05 is available in
the Accessories brochure or through RCASymphonix.com
To replace the wide tube and dome
1. Find the part of the old tube
that is attached to the earpiece.
Gently rotate this section of the
tube so that the sound inlet is
exposed (as shown here).
2. Place the hole on the bottom of
tube connector over the post on
the top of the earpiece (shown
here). Turn the tube sideways
on the top of the earpiece and
push straight down to attach
the tube to the earpiece.
3. Rotate the tube into the correct
position for use with the
earpiece.
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Sound
inlet
Post
2. Pull the tube straight off the
earpiece.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT pull the tube off at an angle. Doing so could harm
the tube connector or the components in your earpiece and void your
warranty.
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3. Find the part of the new tube
(sold separately) that connects
to the earpiece (shown here).
Tube
connector
IMPORTANT: DO NOT pull the tube off at an angle. Doing so could
harm the tube connector or the components in your earpiece and
void your warranty.
These instructions do not apply to the tube and
dome that came with the RPSA05. They are for thin
tubes and domes, sold separately.
4. Place the hole on the bottom
of tube connector over the
post on the top of the earpiece
(shown here). Turn the tube
sideways on the top of the
earpiece and push straight
down to attach the tube to the
earpiece.
2. Pull the tube straight off the earpiece.
3. Post
5. Rotate the tube into the
correct position for use with
the earpiece.
Attach a new dome to the end
of one of the new tubes by
pushing the opening on the
back of the dome gently onto
the end of the tube. Push the
dome onto the end of the tube
as far as it will go. Make sure the
dome is securely fastened.
Dome
Tube
connector
4. Find the part of the tube that
connects to the earpiece
(shown here).
Post
5. Place the hole on the bottom of tube connector
Buying and using a thin tube and dome
The RPSA05 comes with a wide tube and dome installed.
Other sizes of compatible tubes and domes are sold
separately, available in the Accessories brochure or
through RCASymphonix.com
IMPORTANT: The thin tube and small/medium/large
domes are sold separately—you must order BOTH a thin
tube for the ear you want to use it on AND a dome that
looks like the right size for your ear.
These instructions do not apply to the tube and
dome that came with the RPSA05. They are for thin
tubes and domes, sold separately.
over the post on the top of the earpiece (shown
here). Turn the tube sideways on the top of the
earpiece and push straight down to attach the tube
to the earpiece.
6. Rotate the tube into the correct position for use
with the earpiece.
Using the thin tube
The thin tube has a stabilization tail
that helps keep the earpiece, tube,
and dome in place in your ear. When
you put the earpiece on, this tail
folds into the bowl of your ear as
shown here.
To install a thin tube and dome:
1. Find the part of the old tube that it attached to the
earpiece. Gently rotate this section of the tube so that
the sound inlet is exposed.
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Tour of the RCA Symphonix Earpiece
Volume
button
Tube
connector
Battery
door
Most problems with the RCA Symphonix earpiece can be
resolved by trying the following common troubleshooting
solutions. Try the solutions in the order listed. If you have
any further questions, please call our toll-free help line at
1-888-225-2644 or visit RCASymphonix.com
There’s no sound from the earpiece.
:: There is a 2-3 second delay when you first close the battery door before
the circuitry is ready. This is normal.
Microphone
(under tube
connector)
Tube
Troubleshooting
:: Make sure the earpiece’s battery door is closed completely.
Dome
:: Make sure the battery in the earpiece is working. You might need to
replace it. Normal battery life for the RPSA05 earpiece is 7 full days of
use. The RPSA05 uses standard A312 hearing aid batteries, available at
most pharmacies.
:: Make sure the tube and dome are clean. Follow the directions on page
6 to clean them.
:: Make sure the sound inlet and microphone are clean. Follow the
directions on page 6 to clean them.
The sound from the earpiece isn’t loud enough.
Battery door houses the replaceable battery for the
RPSA05. Once you insert a working battery in this door
and close it, the RPSA05 is on and ready to use.
Volume button switches between the three sound
settings available (see the Adjusting the volume section)
Tube connector attaches the tube to the earpiece.
Microphone picks up sounds in your immediate
surroundings. It is protected by the tube connector.
:: Try a different volume setting on the earpiece. Press 1 second on the
earpiece’s volume button until you hear beeps. Two beeps is for volume
level 2, three for volume level 3.
:: Make sure the dome is inserted completely into your ear. Gently wiggle
it into your ear canal.
:: Make sure the tube is snapped onto the earpiece properly and that the
dome is fully seated on the end of the tube.
:: Make sure the tube and dome are clean. Follow the directions on page
6 to clean them.
:: Make sure the sound inlet and microphone are clean. Follow the
directions on page 6 to clean them.
Earpiece body holds the electronics for the RCA
Symphonix Personal Sound Amplifier. These electronics
process the sound from the earpiece’s microphone.
:: You may be producing excessive earwax. Consult your hearing or
healthcare professional.
Tube carries audio from the earpiece to your ear. The
wide tube comes attached to the earpiece from the
factory. A variety of tubes is available in the Accessories
brochure in this package or on RCASymphonix.com,
including replacement wide tubes. For info on changing
tubes, see page 9.
:: Make sure the tube is snapped onto the earpiece properly and that the
dome is fully seated on the end of the tube.
Dome fits securely in your ear, like an earbud.
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I hear feedback or whistling from the earpiece.
:: Make sure the dome is inserted completely into your ear. Gently press it
into your ear canal.
:: You may be producing excessive earwax. Consult your hearing or
healthcare professional.
The earpiece keeps beeping.
:: This means the earpiece needs a new battery. The RPSA05 uses
standard A312 hearing aid batteries, available at most pharmacies.
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The sound is distorted/not clear.
:: You might need to replace the earpiece’s battery. Normal battery life for
the RPSA05 earpiece is 7 full days of use. The RPSA05 uses standard
A312 hearing aid batteries, available at most pharmacies.
:: Make sure the tube and dome are clean. Follow the directions on page
6 to clean them.
:: Make sure the sound inlet and microphone are clean. Follow the
directions on page 6 to clean them.
:: Your RCA Symphonix earpiece may be damaged. Contact customer
service at 1-888-225-2644.
There’s wax in the tube
:: Use a section of monofilament fishing line (medium to heavy-gauge) to
clean inside the tube. You can also use the tube-cleaning rod from the
RCA Symphonix cleaning kit, available from the accessories brochure
in this package or on RCASymphonix.com.
For further assistance with earpiece maintenance,
visit RCASymphonix.com
General Warnings
If you have or think you may have any one of the following symptoms, do
not use this product until you have consulted a physician:
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History of excessive wax build-up
Pain or discomfort in the ear
Fluid or drainage from the ear within the past 90 days
Ear canal blockage, a lasting ear infection, or a plugged up fullness
feeling
Visible deformity of the ear
Sudden, rapidly progressing, or fluctuating hearing loss within the past
90 days
Chronic difficulty hearing
Ringing in only one ear
Hearing loss only in one ear that worsened in the past 90 days
Spells of acute or chronic dizziness
Keep all parts of the RCA Symphonix earpiece away from children under
the age of 3. These components contain small parts that may present a
choking hazard.
6-Month Limited Warranty
Audiovox Accessories Corporation (the “Company”) warrants to the
original retail purchaser of this product that should this product or any part
thereof, under normal use and conditions, be proven defective in material
or workmanship within 6 months from the date of original purchase, such
defect(s) will be repaired or replaced with new, refurbished, or recertified units
(at the Company’s option) without charge for parts and repair labor.
To obtain repair or replacement within the terms of this Warranty, the product
along with any accessories included in the original packaging is to be
delivered with proof of warranty coverage (e.g. dated bill of sale), specification
of defect(s), transportation prepaid, to the Company at the address shown
below. Do not return this product to the Retailer.
This Warranty is not transferable and does not cover product purchased
outside the United States or Canada. The warranty does not extend to the
elimination of externally generated static or noise.
The warranty does not apply to any product or part thereof which, in the
opinion of the company, has been damaged through alteration, improper
installation, mishandling, misuse, neglect, accident or exposure to liquid or
solvents. This warranty does not apply to damage caused by earwax or an AC
adapter not provided with the product.
THE EXTENT OF THE COMPANY’S LIABILITY UNDER THIS WARRANTY IS
LIMITED TO THE REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT PROVIDED ABOVE AND, IN
NO EVENT, SHALL THE COMPANY’S LIABILITY EXCEED THE PURCHASE
PRICE PAID BY PURCHASER FOR THE PRODUCT.
This Warranty is in lieu of all other express warranties or liabilities. ANY
IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF
MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, SHALL
BE LIMITED TO DURATION OF THIS WARRANTY. ANY ACTION FOR
BREACH OF ANY WARRANTY HEREUNDER, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED
WARRANTY, MUST BE BROUGHT WITHIN A PERIOD OF 18 MONTHS
FROM THE DATE OF ORIGINAL PURCHASE. IN NO CASE SHALL THE
COMPANY BE LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL
DAMAGES WHATSOEVER. No person or representative is authorized
to assume for the Company any liability other than expressed herein in
connection with the sale of this product.
Some states/provinces do not allow limitations on how long an implied
warranty lasts or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential
damage so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This
Warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights
which vary from state/province to state/province.
U.S.A.: Audiovox Return Center, 150 Marcus Blvd., Hauppauge, New York
11788
CANADA: Audiovox Return Center, c/o Genco, 6685 Kennedy Road, Unit
3, Door 16, Mississauga, Ontario L5T 3A5
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