Comprehensive services and treatment plans tailored for your unique hearing needs.
Hearing Healthcare in Rhode Island
At Gateway Hearing Solutions, we are passionate about helping our patients hear and live better. That’s why we offer a variety of hearing services and treat a range of conditions. Our trained professionals will help you find the best solution and reconnect you through better hearing.
Hearing Tests in East Providence and Warwick, RI
If you have noticed a decline in your hearing ability, the first step to treatment is a hearing test. If you have a hearing loss, a hearing test will allow us to diagnose the exact type, degree, and specifics of your particular loss. During your evaluation we will perform a series of tests, including:
Aural rehabilitation is a person-centered approach to the assessment and management of hearing loss. At Gateway Hearing Solutions, we will work with you to create a custom treatment plan that reduces the impact hearing loss has on your communication, activities, and relationships. A major component of aural rehabilitation is helping patients adjust to wearing hearing aids. We provide ongoing support and follow-up care to our patients as they adjust to their devices and regain their ability to hear sounds again.
When you receive your first pair of hearing aids, it’s important to wear them consistently. The more you wear your hearing aids, the sooner you will adjust to hearing sounds you have been missing. It is our goal to help you achieve better hearing through proper amplification and provide you with ongoing support.
Earwax, medically known as cerumen, is naturally produced by the glands in the ears to keep the ear canal lubricated and healthy. Earwax works by pushing dust, debris, and dead skin cells down the ear canal and out the ear. Some people are prone to having a build-up of earwax that can become bothersome. If earwax becomes impacted it can muffle your hearing and you are left with uncomfortable clogged ears.
Our audiologist, Dr. Holly Puleo, can safely and effectively remove earwax. If impacted earwax has affected your hearing, contact us for an appointment.
Hearing Aid Evaluation
Hearing aids are the best management option for hearing loss. After we’ve tested your hearing and determined your degree of hearing loss, then we will have a discussion to determine what hearing aid will best help you. We will look at how active you are, what your lifestyle is, and what your hearing goals are. Using this information along with the results of your audiogram, we will recommend a hearing aid that will match your unique needs
Hearing Aid Fitting
After you’ve determined which hearing aid is right for you, we will expertly fit the hearing aids to your specific ear shape and program them for your individual needs. The hearing aids we carry are prescription fit devices, which will be programmed for your exact amplification needs. We encourage you to come in for follow-up appointments so we can ensure your devices are working right for you.
Hearing Aid Repair Services
You rely on your hearing aids to provide you with better hearing in your day-to-day life. When something isn’t working quite right with your devices, that can largely affect you. Our hearing specialists are experts in hearing aid technology and can make most repairs in our offices. If your hearing aids don’t seem to be working right, contact us.
Hearing Aid Cleaning
Hearing aids sit inside your ears all day, every day. To ensure they continue working for you for the years to come, it’s important to clean your devices every day. Be sure to wipe your devices down with a dry, soft cloth every time you take them out of your ears. We also recommend bringing your hearing aids in every six months for a professional, deep cleaning.
If you hear a ringing, buzzing, humming, whistling, or whooshing sound in your ears when no external sound is present, you may have tinnitus. Tinnitus affects millions of Americans and can range from mildly annoying to debilitating. Common causes of tinnitus include:
- Hearing loss
- Exposure to loud noise
- Earwax build-up or blockage
- Meniere’s disease
- Neck or head injury
- Ototoxic medications
No matter what caused your tinnitus, our experts can help you. During your hearing evaluation we can perform a tinnitus test to determine the severity of your tinnitus and how it affects you. We also offer tinnitus masking hearing aids that can play soothing sounds in your ears to distract your brain from tinnitus. With hearing aids, management of ringing in the ears is possible. We have information on tinnitus in our office that we would be happy to share with you. Contact us to learn more.
Custom Hearing Protection
Sudden or prolonged noise exposure is one of the most common causes of hearing loss in people of all ages. Noise-induced hearing loss is irreversible, so it’s important to protect your hearing whenever you are around loud sounds. Any sound that exceeds 85 decibels can be detrimental to your hearing. If you listen to live music, are in a band, ride motorcycles, work with power tools, work in a factory, or enjoy doing or work in an occupation where sound levels can be loud, you should wear hearing protection.
At Gateway Hearing Solutions, we can create custom earmolds, earplugs, and in-ear monitors for musicians. Custom hearing protection is a great way to keep your ears safe and to be proactive about your hearing, now and for the future.
5 Keys Communication Program
As a patient of Gateway Hearing Solutions your hearing is our primary concern. Effective communication skills are crucial to improving your quality of life. We are happy to offer an excellent program called 5 Keys Communication. It is designed to help you overcome the frustrations associated with hearing loss and has produced positive results for thousands of people.
5 Keys Communication is an aural rehabilitation program for people with hearing loss and their communication partners. It teaches comprehensive communication strategies using methods that are easy to understand and can be incorporated into your daily life.