Advanced Prescription Hearing Aid Technology to Meet Your Specific Needs

If someone brings up the subject of prescription hearing aids, does your mind immediately envision those ugly, bulky, and frustrating devices your parents or grandparents wore? It’s time to eliminate that outdated stigma from your mind, because modern hearing aid technology is nothing like it was even ten years ago.

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You’ve probably witnessed how cell phones have changed in the last decade or so, moving from very basic voice and text digital technology to the extremely advanced smartphones we now carry with us.

Hearing aids have progressed in the same way, allowing hearing aid manufacturers to produce smaller, lighter, more stylish, and more discreet devices.

Just like with smartphones, small packaging doesn’t mean less power.

Thanks to micro digital and nano-digital technology today’s smaller hearing instruments pack the processing power able to provide greater and more natural sound clarity, control background noise, include long-lasting rechargeable batteries, and make it possible to link your hearing aids to other digital devices, like your cellphone, television, and computer.

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Hearing aid expert performing diagnosis at Allison Audiology Houston, TX
Our Prescription Hearing Aid Specialists Help You Choose

Today’s prescription hearing aid technology also makes it possible for hearing devices to come in a variety

of different sizes, colors, costs, designs, levels of technology, and range of features, which probably means you’ll be overwhelmed by all the choices available.

Our hearing aid specialists are here to help put your mind at ease and sort things out, while you go through the selection process. We’ll help you narrow down your choice by helping you consider your unique needs and preferences, such as:

  • The processing power needed to address your specific level of hearing loss
  • Your manual dexterity and visual capabilities
  • Your budget limitations
  • Your wearing discretion and cosmetic concerns
  • Skin sensitivities
  • Anatomical/medical considerations
They were very informative and answered all of my questions. They took the time to ensure that I was comfortable with my new hearing aids. The staff was very nice.
– Kip S.

Allison Audiology delivers excellent support, quality hearing aids and superior service. I highly recommend them for your hearing needs.
– Bryan.

This place is very professional and does a great job diagnosing their patients and custom tuning their hearing aids to the patient’s needs and specific types of hearing losses.
– Daniel C.

FAQ’s About Prescription Hearing Aids

Q. How do I know if I need a hearing aid?

A. Your family has probably already noticed that you’re struggling with your hearing and are advising you to have your hearing checked; but other indicators, like difficulty understanding what others are saying, struggling to keep up with your typical lifestyle, and frustration when it comes to trying to understand a conversation in a noisy restaurant or at a social event are likely showing you that you might need a hearing aid. Learning the truth about your hearing requires a comprehensive hearing assessment from a professional audiologist.

Q. Will a hearing aid cure my hearing loss?

A. No. Hearing aids are called “aids”, because they help you hear better using sound processing and amplification, but they cannot be expected to restore the natural functioning of your ears. Even so, hearing aids provide additional benefits, like slowing the progression of hearing deterioration, reversing or preventing cognitive decline, and correcting issues related to balance and vertigo.

Q. How long do hearing aids last?

A. Five to six years is the typical service life of hearing aids. That time is longer or shorter, depending on the amount of TLC, regular scheduled maintenance, tune-ups, and repair, but most audiologists recommend upgrading every five years to stay up to date with cutting-edge technologies in a rapidly changing industry.

Q. Do hearing aids use special batteries?

A. Yes. Today’s hearing aids use zinc-air batteries designed specifically for hearing

aids. Different devices require different sizes, but most are easy to find in pharmacies and grocery stores.

Q. How long do hearing aid batteries last?

A. Smaller hearing aid batteries can last up to a week, depending on the type of battery, how many hours per day you wear your hearing aid, the presence of moisture, and battery quality, but larger batteries can last two to three weeks.

Q. How long will it take to get used to my hearing aids?

A. Each person’s adjustment period is unique. Your brain undergoes some shock when sounds it hasn’t heard for a long time or new sounds become amplified, which means it will take some time to acclimate and help your brain relearn how to process the new sound signals.

Manufacturers typically allow a 60-day trial period, which is usually more than enough time to adjust to your hearing aids and evaluate their benefits. Your audiologist will guide you through the process with counseling, coping strategies, and ongoing support to make things easier and speed up the process.

Q. Why do hearing aids cost so much?

A. The low volume of hearing aid sales, about 1.7 million hearing aids for some 30 million people with hearing loss, means that manufacturers must sell them at a higher cost to recuperate production costs. Included in those costs are research and development for new hearing aid technology, which is considerable, and industry standard one- to two-year warranties for replacement and repairs also adds to the purchase price.

Receive a Valuation Quote on Your Existing Hearing Aids

Available on all manufacturers and model (includes over-the-counter, PSAP’s or prescription devices).

If you’re exploring new hearing technology, and you’re an existing hearing aid wearer, then you may benefit from receiving a valuation quote on your existing technology.

Based on the manufacturer, model, age and condition - we’ll calculate a generous valuation on your devices that you could utilize as part of a trade-in towards new technology.

Simply complete the form, and we’ll contact you with the valuation quote.

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Hearing Aid Styles

BTE hearing aid

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

BTE hearing aids have an appearance that is like older analogue devices, but don’t let that fool you. Along with being lighter and more streamlined, the digital processing power they contain in the processing unit, which sets comfortably behind your ear, far exceeds that of their ancestors. Greater comfort from custom formed earmolds as well as open-canal earpieces to eliminate the “plugged up” feeling some users experience are features that make BTE hearing aids the most flexible, adaptable, and powerful hearing instruments available for all levels of hearing loss. Available as:

  • BTE
  • Mini BTE
RIC hearing aid

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC)

RIC hearing aids are a type of BTE device modified for a comfortable, open-fit design suited for nearly all types of hearing loss. The main difference between RIC and BTE hearing aids is the location of the instrument’s speaker, which is in the main BTE body, but in the ear tip on an RIC device. They are small, lightweight, and packed with powerful technology to serve those with mild to severe hearing loss. Available as:

  • Micro RIC
  • RIC
ITE hearing aid

In-the-Ear (ITE)

ITE instruments take the technology from the behind-the-ear processor of BTE/RIC devices and combine it with the speakers in a single molded shell custom fit to the contours of your outer ear canal. Full-shell ITE technology produces powerful, clear sound for all degrees of treatable hearing loss, and is a good choice for those who wear glasses or use an oxygen cannula. Ease of adjustment, larger batteries with a longer life, rechargeability, and a broad choice of colors are among the advantages of ITE hearing aids over smaller devices.

In-the-Canal (ITC) hearing aid

In-the-Canal (ITC)

Smaller versions of ITE devices, ITC hearing aids are molded to fit further into the ear canal instead of the outer ear. They provide many of the same benefits as ITE devices for users who wear glasses, an oxygen cannula, or hats, but make a more active lifestyle possible and allow for greater wearing discretion. Individuals with mild to mildly severe hearing loss can benefit from this style, which includes the capacity to customize external controls to fit your needs.

Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC) hearing aid

Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC)

Going deeper into the ear canal, CIC devices have a tiny clear plastic post that allows the wearer to insert them deeper inside the ear canal than ITC devices. Those who lack fine dexterity may struggle with this style of hearing aid, but they provide active wearers with a greater level of comfort and discretion while reducing wind interference for more natural hearing and greater clarity. These devices are only suited for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss.

Invisible-In-the-Canal (IIC) hearing aid

Invisible-In-the-Canal (IIC)

Those concerned with wearing discretion enjoy the snug, custom molded fit of IIC hearing devices. Inserted near the second bend of the ear canal, they are 100% invisible, digital, and fully programmable, packing clarity and processing power into the tiniest of spaces. IIC hearing instruments serve those with a very active lifestyle who experience mild to moderate hearing loss and who have the manual dexterity to insert and remove them.

Hearing Assessments Are a Critical Part of Choosing the Right Hearing Aid

The prevalence of hearing aid dispensers, as well as the capacity for people to self-diagnose and self-treat on the internet or with an OTC hearing device, increases the potential to cause severe damage to your hearing with an improperly programmed device that doesn’t properly address your hearing challenges. The safer option is to consult an audiologist for a comprehensive hearing assessment.

By scheduling a hearing assessment at our Houston location of Allison Audiology and Hearing Aid Center, you have access to hearing instruments that will solve your hearing challenges rather than exacerbate them. Just submit the adjacent form in order to schedule a hearing assessment with one of our professional audiologists.

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