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Hearing health education for your hearing journey.

Hearing Health FAQs

Hydrogen peroxide has many uses, and you may have heard from a family member that peroxide can be used inside the ears to loosen earwax. However, hydrogen peroxide can often do more damage than good inside your ears. If your ears are bothering you due to built-up earwax, please contact our office for an ear cleaning appointment.

Although annoying, tinnitus is not dangerous. Millions of Americans experience tinnitus to some degree. Sometimes tinnitus can be caused by another underlying condition, such as hearing loss, stress, Meniere’s disease, or ototoxic medications. If tinnitus is bothering you, a hearing evaluation is a good first step to stop ringing in the ears.

We carry a large selection of hearing aids that can be custom fit to your unique ear shape. Earmolds for hearing aids can be created to fit the exact shape of your ear. We also program your hearing aids to your specific hearing needs. Any hearing aid you choose from Gateway Hearing Solutions will be custom fit to you.

Depending on your hearing aid model and level of usage, your batteries will need to be changed every three to ten days. If you have rechargeable hearing aids, then you don’t need to worry about changing batteries. You will simply put your hearing aids in their charging station.

Binaural hearing refers to hearing in both ears. Most people who have hearing loss have a binaural loss. It’s important to wear hearing aids in each ear to ensure you are hearing a full range of sounds and so one ear doesn’t worsen in its hearing ability.

Hearing aids have an average lifespan of 3-7 years, depending on how well you care for them. When cleaned daily and brought in for regular maintenance, hearing aids can last you for many years. However, new technology is often released every 2 years, and many patients like to upgrade their devices early to take advantage of the new features.