Sounds collected with behind-the-ear hearing aids typically deliver the amplified sound into the ear canal via 2 methods:
Custom earmolds require taking an impression of the ear canal and are designed to sit precisely in the ear canal.
Dome styles (look like small rubber cones) are not customized to fit an individuals unique ear shape, however they are available in many shapes and sizes so that the audiologist can determine and pick the best size to fit an individuals ear.
Both methods will deliver sound from the hearing aid into the ear canal.
Custom ear molds can be made in several optional styles ranging from small canal shapes to full concha shapes.
They can also be made with different materials such as lucite or silicone, which is determined by the audiologist and based on several individual variables.
Depending on the material chosen, earmolds can also come in a range of colors, solid or mixed.
Earmolds are customized to and individuals ear canal and can add an extra layer of retention and comfort. They are extremely beneficial for children because kids tend to be more active ( jostled and bumped a lot).
Ontario Hearing Centers provides hearing aids, hearing protection, and custom ear molds in Rochester, NY. We have two clinics located in Brighton and Gates.
Most of the time, kids’ ears get jostled and bumped a lot so a soft material is often the preferred material chosen.
Earmolds come in different shapes and sizes depending primarily on the shape and size of the individual’s ear and sometimes depending on the acoustic benefit obtained from the mold .
When coupled to hearing aids, ear molds seal the ear canal from external noise and facilitate channeling sound from the device to the ear canal.
Ear molds often help to keep the amplified sounds from traveling back outside of the ear canal. When sound is leaking out from the ear canal, it is known as feedback.
The procedure involves placing a soft material in the ear canal (much like puddy) and waiting 5 minutes for it to harden. It is painless and non-invasive.
If the canal is blocked with wax and you try to remove it on your own, you might cause more problems than it’s worth. The skin along the ear canal is very thin, which makes it very fragile to perforation. We highly suggest letting a professional handle earwax removal because they have the right tools and equipment to safely and properly remove impacted earwax.
If there is an overproduction of earwax, it may become hard or impacted and pushing it deep into the ear canal is a possibility. As trained professionals working in the field of audiology, we know the signs and symptoms and we can help you devise the best treatment plan for your earwax woes.
If the earwax has been impacted for quite some time, there may be some discomfort during the procedure. However, you can be assured that all audiologists at Ontario Hearing Centers are skilled when it comes to earwax removal, as well as other hearing healthcare services and procedures that are offered.
Ear molds are components of the hearing aid system that are designed to fit directly in the ear canal. This part of the hearing aid may not offer ACTUAL technology, but it still plays a big role. Ear molds are usually made of silicone or vinyl that is custom-made for the ear. For kids, a soft material (silicone) is recommended for comfort. Most of the time, kids’ ears get jostled and bumped a lot so a soft material for ear molds is really necessary.