Custom Ear Molds
We recommend custom ear protection for hunters and other gun enthusiasts; loud employment situations; musicians and live music enthusiasts; and noisy household chores.
Earmolds are usually made of plastic, acrylic, or silicone. They are molded to the exact shape of a patient’s outer ear structure.
Custom earmolds are created by taking an impression of your ear canal and outer ear. We gently squeeze a foamy substance—somewhat resembling caulk—into your ear. You’ll be asked to open and close your mouth to make your ear canal’s shape move in the ways it normally does while the quick-setting substance dries out enough to hold its shape. It only takes about five minutes and is completely painless.
This impression is then sent off to a lab where they create a replica of your outer ear structure. The replica is then used to create the custom earmold for your specific use.
Custom Earmolds for Hearing Aids
Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids often utilize soft silicone dome earmolds. These are not customized, but are offered in a few different sizes. Some are solid, while others have large holes to allow sound to pass freely through the earmold. Especially for mild hearing loss where low-frequency hearing is normal, these domes allow for a more natural sound than fully occluded earmolds.
Customized earmolds, however, can be made in more than ten different styles. Which type you get may have more to do with the type of hearing aid you choose than with your preference for any specific style of earmold. There are a few common types that are frequently used with a variety of hearing aids.