Some of Our Happy Patients Share Their Stories

Making the decision to get the help you need for your hearing, or that of a loved one, can be a big step, but it is a step that our hearing care professionals are dedicated to helping anyone in the Houston areas to take.

Anyone can “toot their own horn,” so to speak, so we want to provide you with an opportunity to hear from our patients as they express how Allison Audiology and Hearing Aid Center was able to help them begin to enjoy better hearing as well as a more active, independent, and rewarding lifestyle.

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“If you are concerned about your hearing and you do nothing about it, you will live your life always concerned about your hearing.”

Suffering from hearing loss since he was 7 years old, Billy has endured a lifetime of hearing loss troubles and mishaps.

From punctured eardrums to fluid building behind his eardrums, his luck was falling short and he was concerned his hearing would never improve.

Billy explains, “My eardrums today have had many scares from the past. The first time I had difficulty hearing was in school when I was when 7-8 years old.

“In those days I had fluid building behind my eardrums. My eardrums were punctured several times over the next few years so the fluid could drain from my ear canals. All this took place before the time tubes were available.”

As a teenager, Billy spent much of his time in the fields picking and planting, but he could barely hear the foreman speaking to him loudly in the face.

Over the next few years, his hearing loss slowly began to deteriorate further and leaked into his personal life. Soon after, he fell behind in school and his grades suffered.

While Billy was aware that he suffered from hearing loss, he didn’t understand how he compared against the normal range for hearing.

It was only until he came across Dr. Jana Emola-Austin at Allison Audiology, where he started to recognize the severity of his hearing loss.

After being fitted with hearing aids, Billy began to hear things he hadn’t heard in years adding: “The difference has been huge. In the morning, I can hear the birds chirp, the ceiling fan go round and round, the coffee maker making its noise.

“I hear the people I work with and love. Before hearing aids, I worried that I might be not be aware of people when they spoke to me; leaving them with the impression I wanted to ignore what they had to say.”

Billy was most impressed by the professional staff at Allison Audiology, where they treated his concerns with the level of care needed. He says:

“I was treated very kindly. Doctor Jana Emola-Austin and other staff members listened to my concerns and took them seriously.”

While it took Billy many years before getting the appropriate treatment for his hearing loss, he encourages others to take action early.

Billy adds: “If you are concerned about your hearing and you do nothing about it, you will live your life always concerned about your hearing.”

We are so glad to have helped Billy on his road to better hearing and we encourage others to take the next step in improving their quality of life. As Billy says, you never know what you’re missing.

Billy rates his experience with Allison Audiology as 10/10.

Billy O’Neal Jr.  

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“I felt comfortable and at ease. The people were nice and were willing to take the time to adjust the hearing aids for me and show me how to maintain them.”

“People were always saying I told you that already. I was missing conversations. My mind would have to decode sometimes what someone would say.

“I was concerned about the cost of hearing aids and how much they would benefit me.

“When visiting Allison Audiology, I felt comfortable and at ease. The people were nice and were willing to take the time to adjust the hearing aids for me and show me how to maintain them.”

Since having her hearing aids fitted, Bradford adds, “I can hear a lot better now. I can function a lot better in my life

“Make an appointment today, you won’t regret going to Allison Audiology.”

Bradford S.  

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“My audiologist was so knowledgeable it made me feel secure and I knew I had come to the right place.”

“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.

“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.

“I absolutely love, love my hearing aids. I tell everyone how they have changed my life for the better. It is so wonderful to be able to hear the conversations I was missing, because sometimes I was embarrassed to keep asking people to repeat things.

“If someone is concerned about their hearing, Allison Audiology is absolutely the best place to go for top notch help.”

Connie P. 

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Don’t wait, it will be a change you would not expect – Debbie’s Story

Debbie first noticed she had an issue with her hearing back in 2009 as her hearing began to affect her day-to-day life.

Keen to improve her hearing, she came across Allison Audiology, where her concerns were addressed with the level of professionalism and sensitivity required.

Debbie says: “I liked it when I walked in the door.”

Since being fitted with state-of-the-art hearing aids and enrolled into our comprehensive hearing healthcare plan, she has noticed a significant difference in her hearing, adding: “I can hear more around me.”

Debbie’s message to others is simple, “Don’t wait, it will be a change you would not expect.”

Debbie Schweitz

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I can hear nature sounds & understand conversations better, especially with my grandchildren.

Francine has suffered with hearing problems for years due to tinnitus. As it quickly began to escalate, she realized that she needed urgent attention and soon after she came across Allison Audiology.

“Everyone in the office is friendly and very professional. I felt that I would be in good hands.” She explains.

Following her hearing aid fitting, her hearing has improved significantly. Not only that, but she can now enjoy the fulfilling life she craved. Francine says:

“I can hear nature sounds & understand conversations better, especially with my grandchildren.”

“I would highly recommend Allison Audiology.” She explains.

Francine rates her experience with Allison Audiology as 10/10.

Francine Beckman

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Fred first visited an ENT clinic to discuss the tinnitus he was experiencing from time to time.

Following his visit, he was surprised to find out that he needed hearing aids and his hearing was in poor condition.

After visiting Allison Audiology and being fit with state-of-the-art hearing aids, it resulted in a positive chain of events and he found a new love for his music. Fred explains:

“They have improved the high frequency perception in my hearing, so I enjoy and mix music better.”

While Fred has suffered from hearing loss for a while, it was a shock to begin to hear all the things he had missed again with his new hearing aids.

“They were extremely loud when using doors, light switches, flushing toilets, etc. They took some getting used to.” He says.

When asked his advice for others in his position he says: “Use Allison, they are great.”

Very positive, especially since they are only 1 of a few who accepted my insurance.

Fred O’Bannion

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You cannot find a better place to address your hearing challenges. The staff members treat you like family and will go the extra mile to help you.

Frida has spent much of her life struggling with hearing loss. While it was ignored for many years, it gradually began to affect her everyday life and soon she found it hard to socialise with others.

Large crowds and group conversations became a struggle, and she found it extremely embarrassing having to ask others to constantly repeat themselves. This became a common occurrence while she was at work, Frida explains:

“I realized that I was not hearing like a normal person when I was in an important meeting in a large conference room and could not hear what the people on the other side of the table were saying.”

Keen to improve her hearing, she came across Allison Audiology. Upon her first visit, she immediately warmed to the family atmosphere, explaining:

“My first impressions were that I was among friends that wanted to help me improve my everyday life.

“You cannot find a better place to address your hearing challenge. The staff members treat you like family and will go the extra mile to help you.”

Frida adds: “Hearing aids have made me feel normal again.”

Reflecting on her experience with Allison Audiology, Frida rates it 10/10.

Frida Eliasdottir

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It’s a very clean office with efficient people. You will never be rushed.

While John’s hearing loss was very sudden, he has been amazed at the difference his hearing aids have made to his hearing:

“I never thought I would need hearing aids but am happy to have them now. I could not hear in a busy environment, but now I can.

He was most impressed with the warm welcome he received when he walked through the door, he explains: “It’s a very clean office with efficient people. You will never be rushed.

“Please go now! If you don’t need it, they won’t force you to take it.”

John. L

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Professional approach, friendly testing, and various choices in hearing aids

When Ronald first realized he had a hearing challenge, his biggest worry was the “aggressive selling of hearing aids”, which many large distributors fall under.

To his surprise, his first impressions of Allison Audiology were a “peaceful approach of personnel” that addressed his hearing loss concerns effectively and professionally.

He explains: “For years, I tried different companies and did not receive the results I was looking for.”

To summarise Allison Audiology, he adds, “Professional approach, friendly testing, and various choices in hearing aids.”

He would rate us as 10/10 and we are so excited to have him as part of the family!

Ronald Papa

“Now, I am engaged with people and what is going on around me” – Bryan’s story

Bryan’s first realization of his hearing loss was when he was faced with the serious danger of losing his job.

“I had a meeting with a new manager who was Scottish and was only able to understand half of what he said.

“I knew I needed to take action, or I was going to be out of a job. Allison Audiology set me up with hearing aid that solved my hearing problem and saved my job.” Bryan explains.

For a variety of reasons, Bryan put off seeing a specialist and delayed getting the help he needed for so many years.

Hearing loss can be a difficult issue to confront, and many people put it to the back of their mind for up to 10 years. It’s only when they’re faced with serious implications, either by their family urging them to see a specialist, or by falling behind at work, that they are forced to do something about it.

In Bryan’s case, seeing a specialist not only improved his work life, but he witnessed a huge lifestyle change and has never looked back since:

“Now, I am engaged with people and what is going on around me.” Bryan says

Bryan has a simple message for any future patients with worries: “Go to the best, Allison Audiology.

“They are very professional and competent.”

Reflecting on his experience at Allison Audiology, he votes it as 10/10.

Bryan Crutchley

Go visit Allison. Whatever your hearing problem, they will be able to help you.

“I was in my late 30’s when I realized I needed hearing aids, but I kept putting it off because I was too embarrassed to wear them. Finally, my job depended on me hearing exceptionally well.

“I called Allison to see if they could reprogram hearing aids, I purchased from another company who had gone out of business. They were more than happy to accommodate me.

“That was over two years ago. About a year ago, I bought new hearing aids from Allison, which I absolutely love.

“Over the past 30 years, I bought hearing aids from other companies. The moment I stepped into the offices of Allison; I knew I was in the right place.

“Never before had I ever received such a thorough hearing test.

“The folks at Allison were all so very courteous and helpful.”

When asked how hearing aids have changed her life, she said:

“I was in customer service for a major corporation. I had to be able to hear everything the customer said; therefore, hearing aids were mandatory. It’s also helped me to hear my grandchildren when they were young. Plus, I had more confidence in being around people.

“Go visit Allison. Whatever your hearing problem they will be able to help you.”

Donna Lou Kelley

“They have made communication easier and clearer.” – How Gary’s life has changed for the better

Gary first recognized he had a problem with his hearing 5 years ago.

While he didn’t have any preconceived fears before visiting Allison Audiology, his concerns were soon addressed when he visited us, and he was put at complete ease.

Making sure that you receive a warm welcome when you walk through the door and creating a comfortable environment is an important aspect to us.

Gary adds that he found the clinic to be “Clean, friendly and relaxing.” and he very much enjoyed the family-like atmosphere at Allison Audiology.

When asked how hearing aids have changed his life, he says: “They have made communication easier and clearer. Don’t wait.”

Gary rates his experience with Allison Audiology as a 9/10!

Gary Foreman

“Seek to learn. The data will help you see if you have an issue and whether it would be impactful to resolve”

“I felt like I was crazy because I struggled to heart the TV or others talking.”

At first, James was unaware of the different options available in treating hearing loss and didn’t know where to start.

It wasn’t until he explored the options at Allison Audiology that he realized he had a problem and it needed treating.

“The staff were professional, courteous, friendly.

“I can hear! My hearing aids make a big difference on calls, in meetings (pre covid) or in watching tv.”

“My advice to others is seek to learn. The data will help you see if you have an issue and whether it would be impactful to resolve.”

James B

“I would absolutely recommend Allison Audiology. After my experience with these folks, my entire family has been tested and my son has got a single hearing aid. It just seems like they really care.”

“My wife was constantly having to tell me not to talk so loudly, and I kept having to tell her to repeat things.

“Upon arriving at Allison, I immediately liked the people, both their friendly personalities, and their professionalism.

“Now, I hear things I have never heard before, and I am more comfortable in crowds.

“I would absolutely recommend Allison Audiology. After my experience with these folks, my entire family has been tested and my son has got a single hearing aid. It just seems like they really care.”

Lee

“As long as you get hearing aids that fit your lifestyle, it will work out”

Michelle first realized she had a hearing loss issue 10 years ago. What held her back for so long was her worry over how the device would fit or look.

Once she was fitted with state-of-the-art hearing aids, she concludes, “it’s not as bad as I thought it would be” and was comforted by the “friendly staff” at Allison Audiology.

Michelle adds, “As long as you get hearing aids that fit your lifestyle, it will work out.”

She rates her experience with Allison Audiology as 10/10.

Michelle

How Allison Audiology have changed Mike’s life for the better – Mike’s story

While Mike has suffered with hearing loss for many years, it was only until he was faced with a difficult conversation with Dr. Allison that he realized the severity of his concerns.

Unfortunately, Mike’s hearing had significantly deteriorated and the chances of it magically repairing itself were slim to none.

Mike says: “Dr Allison said, forget it coming back, it’s not going to happen.”

While this was a shock to Mike, since having his hearing aids fitted, his life has changed forever, and he has never looked back since.

Mike explains that one of the key benefits is: “Not having to say huh all the time and having the TV so loud our neighbors could hear it.”

He would describe Allison Audiology as “friendly and professional” and encourages others to make the first step toward better hearing.

“You will be impressed and pleased with the results.” Mike explains.

Following Mike’s lifechanging experience, he would rate Allison Audiology as 10/10.

Mike Vinson

If your family says hearing aids, you probably do. Allison is an excellent choice.

As a child, Richard struggled with school hearing tests.

While it wasn’t enough to signal a warning about his poor hearing, it didn’t initially concern him, so he pushed it to the back of his mind.

Since then, Richard has tried numerous hearing aids, adding: “I have had the older kind that fits behind one’s ear and Lyrics.

“The Lyrics have made hearing much better than the older kind. I’m still hard of hearing, but there is a marked difference.”

He came across Allison Audiology after being recommended by a friend: “Allison Audiology was recommended to me by a former audiologist who could no longer service my Lyric subscription.”

Richard encourages others to listen to the warning signs and treat your hearing loss early, adding: “If your family says you need hearing aids, you probably do. Allison is an excellent choice.”

Richard Rau

“I have had hearing problems most of my adult life. When I came to Allison Audiology, I was very impressed! They have been wonderful, and I can hear again.

“When it comes to hearing healthcare, Allison Audiology is the only place I would go, and I would recommend to anyone.”

Based on Terry’s experience, he would rate Allison as a 10/10.

Terry Ford

“Get a test and get the fix”

Wayne, like many others, fell under the unfortunate path of hearing loss, which went untreated for many years.

“I had a hearing test in second grade. However, I did not act to fix until 40 plus years later – when I was having significant issues with hearing higher pitched voices.”

When visiting Allison Audiology, his first impression was that it was “A small practice of caring people.” and he was amazed by the attentive service the specialists provided.

It was a major life change having his hearing aids fitted and he has been impressed with the results, adding, “With the new technology, I do not need ear buds with my iPhone. I can hear!”

He has one message for others, “Get a test and get the fix.”

Wayne S.

Very professional and very accommodating

Like many others, William first recognized his hearing challenges in crowded environments or at the back of a room.

Often, his wife would think he was ignoring her when in fact he couldn’t hear.

Since visiting Allison Audiology, his hearing has improved significantly, and he highly recommends others to reach out and get the help they deserve. He explains:

“The team at Allison Audiology are very professional, very accommodating.”

Since being fitted with hearing aids, his wife no longer thinks he’s ignoring her, and his hearing has never been better.

William rates his experience with Allison Audiology as a 10/10.

William V. Condrey

The Talented Hearing Care Team at Allison Audiology