Do you have a hearing problem?
If so, then you might be interested in learning more about ear molds. These small pieces of technology are designed to fit into the ear canal and help amplify sound for people with hearing loss. They’re used by millions of people around the world who want to hear better.
Ear molds can be worn all day long without discomfort or irritation, which is why they’re such an attractive option for many users. If you’re looking for something that’s comfortable and easy to use, then this is it!
Call or visit us at PA Center for Hearing and Balance if you’d like to learn more about these small yet effective devices that can make a big difference in your life.
What is an earmold made of?
EAR MOLDS 101
Inside each ear, there is a small air chamber that transmits sound and protects the inner-ear. Hearing aids are designed to fit inside these air chambers. The type of hearing aid you wear depends on your preference in style: dome or ear mold. Dome hearing aids have one large piece that goes over the top of the ear, while with ear mold style, two pieces fit into your ears like eyeglasses.
If you want customized hearing solutions that offer unparalleled comfort, we highly recommend ear molds. From basic devices that resemble modern day ear plugs, to in-ear devices that fit comfortably on top of your ears just like headphones; there's always the perfect sound solution waiting for you here at PA Center for Hearing and Balance.
Dome style ear molds are named so because they look like small cones. This style cannot be customized to fit the unique shape of the human ear. Dome styles are stocked in standard sizes, which means that one size will be given and it will best fit the ear canal.
EAR MOLD MATERIAL
ACRYLIC/LUCITE EAR MOLDS
- made of a flexible material that is easy to work with
- have a glossy finish and can be cut to fit any shape or size
- come in different colors, shapes, and sizes
- more durable than acrylic
- can’t be worn for long periods of time because they are heavy
- may cause skin irritation
- may not fit well in your ears and fall out easily
POLYETHYLENE EAR MOLDS:
- made from medical grade material, so they’re safe for use
- come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your needs
- not reusable
- not a good fit for all ear shapes and sizes
- difficult to remove from the ear canal
VINYL EAR MOLDS
- made of a soft, flexible material
- comfortable to wear for long periods of time
- come in a variety of colors and shapes to suit any style or need
- not as comfortable as other ear molds
- can be difficult to clean and maintain
- sound quality is often lower than with other ear molds
SILICONE EAR MOLDS:
- silicone ear molds are soft and comfortable
- come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and styles
- can be worn for extended periods of time without discomfort or irritation
- hypoallergenic and non-toxic
- not as flexible as other materials
- do not have the same acoustic properties as other materials
- can be difficult to remove from ears
You may find that different ear mold materials provide you with better relief. If this is the case, it would be best to discuss your options with your audiologist. PA Center for Hearing and Balance offers a variety of hearing-related services in Springfield, PA.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
It’s important to know your anatomy in order to get the right ear mold. If you have a hearing loss, consult with an audiologist who can help you find the best fit for your ears and hearing needs. PA Center for Hearing and Balance offers ear mold fitting and customization.
Our audiologists can help you choose the type of ear molds based on the shape of your ears, type of hearing aid you are using (if to be used with hearing aids) and personal preferences. Ear molds are available in three standard sizes: small – canal size, medium – half-shell size and large – full shell size. When it comes to ear molds, personalization is the best route to ensure that you maximize the benefits of the ear molds based specifically on the physiology of your ear.
People with hearing loss in high pitches such as the voice of a child or woman find it difficult to hear, and for them, a domed style is recommended. Meanwhile, people struggling with low frequencies or those who have difficulty all around should invest in an ear mold. This will deliver better sound quality and offer a snug fit that won’t fall out during use. You will appreciate ear molds for hearing loss across the whole speech spectrum. These devices are especially useful for those with severe to profound hearing loss. A snug fit in the ear canal reduces or eliminates feedback loops, which can be very distracting and even painful. For more information about ear molds and hearing aids, feel free to call us at PA Center for Hearing and Balance.