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

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,...

What Is An Audiologist?

The value of expertise Besides Audiology, one of my passions is photography.  I actually had a small side business creating nature and fine-art photographic prints, and was represented in a local gallery.  During an opening event I had someone come up to me...

Hearing Loops

From: The American Academy of Audiology A hearing loop provides enhanced functionality for hearing aids and cochlear implants. Even with the most up-to-date technology, hearing aids and cochlear implants cannot completely separate important sounds from background...

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.