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

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...

When You Receive A Hearing Test In Rochester

When you visit MacDonald Audiology for the first time to obtain a hearing test in Rochester, NY, we will gather some information from you on various areas. There is nothing painful or intrusive for anyone seeing us. The first is your medical history, especially any...

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...

Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline

Understanding the Relationship Beginning around 2015, researchers began exploring the ways in which our brains respond to hearing loss and found that the brain reorganizes, which may be related to a link between age-related hearing loss and dementia.  During a...

How We Hear

How We Measure Sound Intensity  Humans can hear sounds over an incredible range of intensity.  The difference between a 0 dB SPL sound (threshold of hearing) and a 130 dB SPL sound (painfully-loud) is 10,000,000,000,000.  It isn’t practical to use such...

Understanding High Pitch Hearing Loss

You Don’t Know What You’re Missing While You’re Missing It Ever wondered why people who have cataract surgery are so surprised at the brightness of colors and the crispness of images following corrective surgery?  Because we see with our brains, not our eyes. The...

Research on Hearing Loss

Find better hearing when you understand research methodology It seems every day I read about some new study proving that ‘Brand X is good for your heart’ or ‘Product Y slows down aging’.  We’re taught that clinical research is scientific and therefore truthful;...

Links Between Smoking and Hearing Loss

It's no secret that cigarette smoking is bad for your health and the health of those around you when you smoke. It's also costly, both for you financially and for society, due to the cost of caring for people with smoking-related diseases. And to add fuel to the fire,...

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New NeoSensory Duo for Tinnitus

The newest addition to our arsenal to help those who experience tinnitus symptoms is the NeoSensory Duo, which allows retraining of your brain by wearing an active wristband. Available as a rental unit or by purchase. Ask how this might be an excellent solution for you.