Are You or a Loved One Struggling With Hearing Loss? | Real-Life Stories from Our Patients

by | Oct 30, 2023 | Hearing Loss, Patient Resources

Many people don’t personally know someone with hearing loss or who wears hearing aids, making it hard for them to seek advice or reassurance

Every day, calls flood our office from people across the city expressing their concerns about their own hearing or that of a loved one. 

Many grapple with questions, fears, and uncertainty about the next steps. A recurring sentiment is their isolation—many people don’t personally know someone with hearing loss or who wears hearing aids, making it hard for them to seek advice or reassurance. 

While we provide expert counsel, many yearn to hear from others who have experienced similar hearing challenges. 

If you, or someone you know, resonate with these feelings, this article might be what you’re looking for. 

Several of our patients willingly shared their personal journeys with hearing loss in hopes of inspiring and reassuring others. They emphasize the importance of seeking timely treatment and share key takeaways from their experiences. 

Forward this to anyone you think should read these compelling stories. 

Billy’s Unwavering Challenge With Hearing Loss 

From childhood, Billy grappled with hearing problems. Recollecting his school days, he mentions,

The first difficulty began when I was around seven to eight years old, with fluid accumulating behind my eardrums. Those were times before tubes were available. 

Working in fields throughout his teenage years, he often missed the foreman’s instructions. This detrimentally affected his education and personal life. Billy’s turning point was when he met Dr. Jana Emola-Austin at Allison Audiology. Fitted with hearing aids, he expresses,

The transformation was monumental. Suddenly, I was tuned in to the birds chirping, the ceiling fan’s hum, and even the sound of my coffee maker. The fear of seeming indifferent or dismissive to others because I couldn’t hear them is now gone. 

Grateful for the unwavering support from Allison Audiology, Billy rates his experience 10/10 and advises,

Delaying action when concerned about your hearing only prolongs your distress. 

A New Dawn With Allison Audiology 

Another patient, Connie, shares,

I was having to ask people to repeat things and I found myself turning my TV volume up more and more. I was worried that wearing a hearing aid would make me look old. 

Their experience at our center was enlightening.

The office was inviting, and office staff made me feel comfortable. My audiologist was so knowledgeable it made me feel secure and I knew I had come to the right place. 

Connie highly recommends Allison Audiology, urging,

If someone is concerned about their hearing, Allison Audiology is absolutely the best place to go for topnotch help. 

Debbie’s Transformational Journey 

Debbie’s struggle began in 2009 when she first perceived her hearing impediment. Her search for a solution led her to Allison Audiology. 

Her first impression?

I felt at ease the moment I stepped in.

With advanced hearing aids and our comprehensive healthcare plan, Debbie noticed an overwhelming improvement. She advises,

Don’t procrastinate. Taking action might surprise you with unexpected positive outcomes. 

These narratives represent just a fraction of the countless people who recognized their diminished hearing capabilities and took the bold step to seek help. 

Common Roadblocks to Seeking Help 

Individuals with hearing loss wait an average of seven years before addressing it. The consensus? They all wish they’d acted sooner. 

Ignoring hearing loss can exacerbate the condition. Protecting your hearing health and seeking timely intervention is paramount. 

Many delay treatment due to: 

1. Concerns about wearing hearing aids:

Modern hearing aids are incredibly discreet. Many of our patients share that their peers hardly notice them. If stigma holds you back, we encourage a trial. 

2. Financial Constraints:

Quality hearing care is an investment. However, we offer various payment and financing options to make it affordable for everyone. 

Your Path Forward 

If these stories resonate with you and you’re considering taking a proactive step, we’re here to help.

Schedule a hearing evaluation, and let’s discuss the best course of action tailored to your needs. 

Contact us here or dial 713-827-1767. Our dedicated team is always available to guide you. 

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Jana Emola-Austin, Au.D.

Raised in Bryan, Texas, Jana completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University before attending the University of North Texas with an ambition to earn her master’s degree in speech pathology. However, a required audiology class soon set her on a new career path. She became enthralled with the subject and says audiology resonated with her because it involved everything she enjoys – helping people to improve their lives and relationships with others and using technology to make positive impacts. Following this revelation, Jana went on to graduate with her Doctor of Audiology degree. After many years of assisting patients in the clinic on a daily basis, Jana’s main responsibilities at Allison Audiology have shifted to a management role. She now works behind the scenes focusing on administrative, management, and marketing responsibilities.