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Welcome to RHSC

For 90 years, Rochester Hearing and Speech Center (RHSC), a non-profit, United Way agency, has served Rochester and surrounding Upstate New York counties. Rochester Hearing and Speech Center identifies, evaluates and provides treatment for children and adults with speech, language and hearing problems.

We serve the community at three locations in Rochester, NY along with our outreach programs at nursing homes, day care centers, local schools and industries. Our highly qualified staff of speech-language pathologists and audiologists set a standard of innovation and quality practice for the Rochester community.

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1000 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY

585-442-2985 [tty]

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3199 Ridge Road West
Greece, NY

585-723-3856 [tty]

1170 Ridge Road
Webster, NY

585-442-2985 [tty]


Voted Rochester's Best
 Hearing Aid Center

D&C Gold 7-Time Winner


Nominate a Conversation-Friendly Restaurant

We're recognizing restaurants with a low-noise environment that caters to communication. Recommend a local conversation-friendly restaurant and we'll check it out. Email your nomination to Scott Perkins.



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What’s Happening at RHSC!

Summer Speech Programs 2014

Applications for Summer Speech Programs are now available now! Click here

We're On Television


Study: Hearing Loss Linked to Dementia

Open Captioning at Geva

Find out more about Geva'a new open captioning and assistive listening service. [PDF]

Applications for Summer Speech Programs are now available in the Speech and Language Section


The Most Neglected Health Test For Men

RHSC Sound Bites

RHSC Sound Bites talks with Art Pursel about his treatment for his hearing loss at RHSC

Click here to download the podcast

New York Times: Personal Health: Lifelines for People With Hearing Loss

Bluetooth and Hearing Aids By Carol Henn-Staino, Au.D.

The integration of Bluetooth with hearing aid technology is changing how we use hearing aids in our daily lives. Bluetooth was created in 1994 by Ericsson, a telecommunications company. Bluetooth uses radio frequencies to create a tiny wireless network between multiple devices, for many purposes. Bluetooth can be used to allow a wearer's hearing aids to communicate with devices such as music players, laptops and cell phones. It also connects two hearing aids, allowing them to communicate with one another, which enhances a user's hearing experience.

Bluetooth hearing aids need an additional device called a "Streamer", which is specific to each manufacturer and can be worn around the neck or carried in a pocket. This device can be included when purchasing hearing aids, or added later as an accessory. A Streamer is "paired" with the hearing aids by an audiologist and allows hearing aids to connect wirelessly to devices and communicate with each other. For devices that do not have Bluetooth built into them (e.g., TVs or landline phones), a transmitter is needed to send the Bluetooth signal to the Streamer. Remote controls are available that can adjust hearing aids as well as Stream the Bluetooth signal (e.g., the Siemens Minitek and the Phonak Compilot). Before investing in any Bluetooth device, discuss your needs and concerns with an audiologist. Together you can determine which system is best for your hearing needs.

Smoke Detectors for Hearing
Impaired Save Lives!

Research shows that standard smoke detectors do not wake up 57% of sleeping adults with mild to severe hearing loss. However, use of a low frequency tone in conjunction with a vibrotactile alerting device (such as Lifetone HL Bedside Fire Alarm and Clock*) will alert 97% of adults in enough time to make a safe escape.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an adult has less than 31/2 minutes to escape a fire. The person must wake up within 32 seconds of the fire alarm signal in order to escape!

If you or someone you love has a hearing loss, we would like to help you with your safety needs. Call us (271-0680 x1680) to learn more about this great smoke detector and other safety devices!

*Product cost: $195.00.

A happy client's story

Click here to read a testimonial from a very satisfied patient of RHSC.

Talk. Read. Succeed.

Help Your Child Learn More Language. [PDF]
Meaningful Children's Gifts for the Holidays. [PDF]
Top Ten Picture Books to Read with Your Child. [PDF]

Director of Audiology Dr. Ramona Pompea interviewed on WHAM13 television

Today Show segment with Matt Lauer on hearing loss

Today Show segment with Matt Lauer on hearing loss

Too Loud

Did you know that ordinary activities you do every day could be robbing you of your hearing?


RHSC is happy to announce the introduction of an "Ask the Expert" column to discuss commonly asked questions and provide readers with much useful information.

Here is our newest question:

"Are there new developments in pediatric amplification?"

- Sharon Sadlon

Please click this link if you would like to read this column.

Free hearing screenings are available.

Appointments are recommended. Please call us at 585 271-0680