Custom Ear Molds
How are custom ear molds used?
Custom Ear Molds for Hearing Aids
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Why Earmolds for Hearing Loss?
For people with high-frequency hearing loss, dome style hearing aids are recommended.
However, for people who have trouble hearing at low frequencies (or all frequencies), earmolds deliver better sound because they fit tightly in the ear. The snug and tight fit keeps the amplified sound from travelling back outside the ear canal and creating a feedback loop.
With custom ear molds, the chances of hearing a high-pitched whistling sound caused by sound leaks getting amplified will be less likely. Custom ear molds are recommended for people with severe to profound hearing loss.
What are Custom Earmolds made of?
Custom earmolds are generally made from acrylic, silicone, or vinyl.
Acrylic Ear Molds
Acrylic molds are considered to be the most traditional custom ear molds. They are resistant to shrinking and breakage because they are hard and durable.
Acrylic ear molds are also the easiest to re-mold or repair. Inserting and removing acrylic earmolds is easy. However, acrylic ear molds may be difficult to place in narrow or small ear canals, especially those of children.
Vinyl Ear Molds
Vinyl ear molds are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and are softer than acrylic molds. They are a better choice for children because it is fairly easy to insert. With better seal comes clearer sound for high-gain musical instruments.
Vinyl ear molds tend to shrink, discolor or harden over time, which means that they need to be replaced more often. This type of custom ear mold is also not recommended for people with allergies because the manufacturing process involves boiling the material in saline solution.
Silicone Ear Molds
Silicone custom ear molds are the softest of all varieties. They are comfortable, extremely flexible and can provide a tight seal for excellent sound quality and protection. Plus, silicone ear molds are very durable.
Silicon ear molds can maintain their size and shape over time. Because silicone ear molds are very soft, inserting them in the ear canal can be quite tricky, especially when new. This is not recommended for individuals with flaccid or soft ears.
Pinnacle Hearing provides custom ear molds.
Pinnacle Hearing can provide custom ear molds for your specific hearing needs and lifestyle.
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