Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about hearing aids. Click on the questions below to reveal the answer. Contact Allison Audiology today to speak with a hearing specialist serving Houston for more information.

Hearing Aid Questions

Why do some hearing aids cost more than others?

Hearing aids are feature-packed and priced according to performance capabilities. As with most technology, the devices that do more, cost more.

Which type of hearing aid works best?

Hearing aids come in many sizes and styles and are feature-packaged according to performance capabilities. Your individual hearing loss, listening environments, options needed, cosmetic concerns, manual dexterity, and budget factor in finding the best individual solution.

Does insurance cover the cost of hearing aids?

Some insurance plans provide coverage for hearing aids, but generally you pay out-of-pocket for better hearing. Our staff can assist you with discovering if, and to what amount of coverage is available.

How do I care for my hearing aids?

The following tips will extend the life of your hearing aid:

  1. Clean hearing aids as instructed. Ear drainage and wax buildup can damage your hearing aid.
  2. Avoid hairspray and other hair products while wearing your hearing aids.
  3. Power off hearing aids when not in use, this will also extend battery life.
  4. Keep your hearing aids away from moisture and heat.
  5. Replace dead batteries immediately.
  6. Store your hearing aids and replacement batteries in a secure location: away from pets and small children.

What is a digital hearing aid?

Digital hearing aids convert sound waves into numerical codes, similar to the code of a computer, before amplifying them. The code also includes information about a sound’s pitch or loudness, allowing the aid to be custom-programmed to amplify certain sound frequencies more than others. Digital circuitry allows more flexibility in adjusting the aid to a user’s unique hearing loss and to certain listening environments.

Do I need any follow-up care after getting hearing aids?

Yes - hearing loss should be managed over time throughout your life, similar to vision care and dental care. Hearing aids require a period of re-training your hearing. Follow-up visits are always part of your treatment plan. Periodic adjustments may be needed to optimize performance as characteristics of your loss change over time and to accommodate your preferences in various hearing situations. Your hearing aids should also fit comfortably. If you experience changes in your ability to hear or problems with fit, you should call to set an appointment immediately.

Do I have to wear an instrument in both ears or can I get by with one?

Generally two-ear assistance is superior to that of a single instrument. Even in instances where hearing loss between the ears differ, two hearing aids can provide balanced hearing and better localization of sound that may help preserve speech activity in both ears.

I struggle with hearing in groups. Will hearing instruments help me follow conversation in a crowd?

Much of the noise in our surroundings is low-toned and tends to compete with weaker, high-pitched sounds that give speech meaning. The digital advancements in hearing aids allow for selective reduction of frequencies where background noise exists without negatively affecting the speech frequencies. Advanced hearing aids can also automatically adjust the scope of what we hear, removing competitive sounds that challenge our understanding. Although noise is not eliminated completely, it’s reduced significantly.

A doctor told me hearing aids wouldn't help. Should I trust him or her?

Most physicians are experts to the extent of their specialty and may not be up-to-date on advances to all hearing treatments. It’s acceptable to solicit the expertise of a hearing care professional like an Audiologist and obtain a second opinion.Breakthrough technological advances in the design and performance of hearing aids have given many people the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of amplification. You should have a thorough test to evaluate your hearing and discuss your options for improvement in your everyday hearing ability.

Are hearing aids difficult to wear or get used to?

Many years ago hearing instruments were bulky and uncomfortable to wear. Today’s advanced hearing aids offer a variety of discrete and comfortable options. Award-winning designs have proven to be aesthetically appealing, naturally comfortable, and virtually unnoticeable.

My hearing is getting worse. If I get hearing aids now, won't I just have to replace them later?

With advanced digital technology we are able to adjust your prescription as needed with time. Every 4-5 years, you may feel as if you need to upgrade your hearing device as technology improves and your listening needs progress.

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