No two ears are identical; like fingerprints, each is unique. For this reason, hearing aids are not one-size-fits-all. Most of today’s devices are constructed using custom ear molds for a tight, secure fit matched to the contours of your inner ears. When being fitted for hearing aids, your audiologist will take an impression of your ear canal and middle ear, and send this off to a lab where a pair of custom ear molds unique to your ears is made. This will ensure the best performance possible from your investment, and the best chance of success in restoring your ability to communicate. In addition to hearing aids, custom ear molds can be used in the design of earplugs, Bluetooth headsets, and a variety of other devices. Some popular uses of custom ear molds include protecting your hearing from loud noise, maximizing the fit and function of your hearing aids or earbuds, and keeping your ears dry while swimming.
Exposure to loud noise is a leading cause of hearing loss, especially in younger patients. Wearing earplugs while taking part in leisurely activities (hunting, attending music concerts, riding motorcycles) or working (industrial manufacturers, construction sites) can help prevent this type of hearing damage from occurring. Custom molded earplugs offer the best protection and are proven to reduce noise leakage. They are available for a number of special activities that may appeal to hunters, musicians, and concertgoers.
Those who enjoy listening to music through MP3 devices can also benefit from custom ear molds, which produce a snug, secure fit that translates to improved sound quality and can help your ear buds stay in place through moderate physical activity.
Swimmer’s earplugs are designed for those who are frequently exposed to water. Their design prevents water from entering the ear canals, protecting the user from developing an ear infection that can lead to complications such as Swimmer’s Ear, Surfer’s Ear, and a perforated eardrum.
If you’re looking for a custom ear mold for any of your hearing devices, speak with your audiologist today!