It’s unrealistic to expect all hearing aids or earplugs to fit the same. Ears come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes; each one is unique. To ensure a proper fit, the best solution is custom earmolds specially designed to fit the contours of your ears.
Why Choose Custom Earmolds?
“One size fits all” promises rarely pan out.
If you are investing in hearing aids to improve your ability to communicate, or earplugs to protect your hearing, you’ll want a comfortable fit and tight seal.
Custom earmolds provide both. They are made of a soft material – usually plastic or acrylic – and worn in the ear canal or concha of the ear.
To make custom earmolds, your audiologist will take silicone impressions of your ear canals and outer ears. Molds will be created in an outside lab, and used for a variety of custom devices made for people in different professions. Examples include stethoscopes for medical professionals, headphones for pilots, and earplugs for swimmers, hunters, musicians, pilots and others.
Custom Earmold Styles
Different styles of custom earmolds are available. Many are designed to be paired with specific hearing aids. They include:
- Dome earmolds. Soft earmolds designed specifically for use with Behind The Ear (BTE) hearing aids.
- Canal earmolds. Designed for use with In The Canal (ITC) hearing aids; these earmolds are placed deep in the ear canals.
- Full-shell earmolds. Large earmolds made to fill most of the ear canal. These are helpful at reducing feedback, and benefit patients with moderate to severe hearing loss.
- Half-shell earmolds. Similar to full-shell earmolds but made with a bottom shell only. These are worn in the concha of the ear and are best suited for those with mild hearing loss.
- Skeleton earmolds. Similar to full-shell earmolds but made with a hollow center for better comfort. They are kept in place inside the concha with a strip of material that provides a tight but comfortable seal. Beneficial for patients with mild to severe hearing loss.
- Semi skeleton earmolds. Similar to skeleton earmolds but missing the back ring. A good alternative for people with manual dexterity problems who might otherwise struggle with handling the earmold.