Articles FYI

We’ve provided articles to assist you and your family with adjusting to living with hearing loss.

When do I need a hearing aid?

When do I need a hearing aid?

Six flags that it might be time. If you can answer “yes” to three or more of the following questions, you should make an appointment to have an audiogram administered by a professional. An audiogram is an in-depth test of your hearing levels to determine if you are...

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids

A Guide for before you buy OTC Hearing Aids With the recent FDA guidelines released concerning Over-The-Counter (OTC) hearing devices, we anticipate that some people with early-stage hearing loss may choose this option as a first step.  Untreated hearing loss...

Fitting Hearing Aids For Musicians

As a musician, Dr. MacDonald can appreciate the concerns musicians have when fitted with hearing aids. Will these make my instrument sound terrible? Will they be so loud it’s uncomfortable? How will it affect the sound of my voice?  The first question we need to know...

Chronic Hearing Loss

Chronic Hearing Loss

Why do people wait for 7 years to get help? Approximately 15% of all American adults (37.5 million!) over the age of 18 have reported having some trouble hearing well. Of those, 50% of people aged 75 and over have disabling hearing loss. (NIH) So why do people delay...

Why Is My Ear Canal Itchy?

Itchy ears are something most people experience at some point in their lives and can happen at any age. No matter what the root cause, we never recommend putting anything in your ear to scratch it, as it is easy to damage structurally. Ear Wax Build-up Sometimes ear...

Assistive Listening Devices

A different kind of hearing support You may already have hearing instruments or a cochlear implant that you are happy with, or maybe you’re in the market for such. If you feel like you could use some additional support for the TV or in a large environment, such as a...

Explaining BPPV

Explaining BPPV

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of vertigo that audiologists see in their offices.  A BPPV attack is usually precipitated by a change in head position, such as when lying down or getting...

Available Treatments – Unilateral Hearing Loss

Unilateral hearing loss (UHL) can be any degree of (typically permanent) hearing loss in one ear when the opposite ear has normal hearing. UHL appears in fewer than 10% of adults in the USA, with roughly half of those having a mild or moderate hearing loss.  We...

Hearing Aid Brands That We Recommend

We are asked “what brand of hearing aid is best” on a regular basis so this article was created to share that information with you directly. The hearing aid brands that we recommend as a practice are tried and true options that have continued to offer excellent...

What Makes an Advanced Hearing Aid?

14 features that create an advanced hearing aid We are frequently asked this question during appointments; what qualifies as an advanced hearing aid in Rochester, NY? Most people immediately think that Bluetooth capabilities are all you need; however, there is much...

Understanding the Hearing Aid Dispenser

One of the questions that comes up in our office from patients is - what is the difference between an audiologist and a hearing aid dispenser? It's a great question, as there is confusion between the different levels of care each can provide. Every week, we see...

Latest MacDonald Audiology News

New Audiologist Dr. Kyrsten Stephany

A graduate of Wichita State University Audiology program, Dr. Stephany has been providing hearing diagnostics, hearing aid fittings, and counseling in private practice since 2015. She brings her experience serving newborns, children, and adults to our growing staff this fall. We are excited to welcome her to the team.