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About Bluegrass Ear Nose and Throat Clinic & Bluegrass Hearing Institute

Ara S. Makdessian, MD, is an experienced Ear, Nose & Throat surgeon (Otolaryngologist). He specializes in the diseases of the ear, nose, sinuses, throat and allergies, both in children and adults.

Dr. Makdessian received his medical degree in 1994 from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. He then completed his training there in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Subsequently, he went on to complete a fellowship in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery under the auspices of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the internationally known University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada; certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


Dr. Makdessian is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He offers a wide range of services with a team of well trained and experienced certified medical assistants, certified medical allergy assistants and surgical coordinators.

Since 2005, we have been helping people across Central Kentucky with their ear, nose, and throat problems, as well as sleep disorders. At our office in Winchester, we provide premier patient care for the treatment of head and neck disorders consistent with the highest standard of medical excellence and the latest innovative technology.

Joy Martin is certified in Audiology by the American Speech and Hearing Association and is licensed by the state boards of Kentucky for audiology and hearing instruments. She provides services in audiological diagnostics including complete audiological evaluations on infants and adults, otoacoustic emissions, hearing aid examinations, hearing aid selections, hearing aid fittings and verification, and the latest in assistive devices. Joy is a native of Lexington, Kentucky with over 20 years of experience as an audiologist. Joy received her Master of Science in Audiology at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama and her Bachelor of Arts in Education, Speech and Hearing at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.

What is an Otolaryngologist?

Often referred to an ENT (ear, nose and throat) physician, Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck.

Their special skills include diagnosing and managing diseases of the sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity, and upper pharynx (mouth and throat), as well as structures of the neck and face. Otolaryngologists diagnose, treat, and manage speciality-specific disorders as well as many primary care problems in both children and adults.

What is an Audiologist?

Audiologists are healthcare professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders. Audiologists have extensive training and skill in the evaluation and prevention of hearing and hearing disorders of adults, infants and children of all ages. They then present a variety of treatment options for patients with hearing impairment. Audiologists hold degrees from an accredited college or university and must be licensed in the state they practice and can have a certificate of clinical competence in Audiology by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, or CCC-A. Audiologists abide by the Code of Ethics prescribed by their national organizations, The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).