Custom Earmolds and Earplugs
Custom earmolds are used for a variety of purposes: to protect the ears from loud sounds, keep amplified sound from the hearing aid or an earbud in the ear, maintain the position of an earbud or hearing aid in the ear canal (retention), or to provide a comfortable wearing experience or an earbud or hearing aid. Custom earmolds are made for swimmers, too!
Earmolds come in a wide variety of sizes, colors and types. Some earmolds are solid or hollow, and some are hard or soft. The type of earmold your audiologist recommends will depend on your individual needs.
Sudden or prolonged exposure to noise can cause damage to your hearing and is one of the leading causes of hearing loss. Hearing loss from prolonged noise exposure is often detected too late, meaning the hearing loss is usually irreversible. Hearing protection is extremely important for anyone who is regularly in a high-noise environment, including target shooters, motorcyclists, pilots, musicians, construction workers and factory workers. The truth is that anyone subject to noise exposure may need to wear hearing protection to protect their long-term hearing.
The following noises are especially dangerous with repeat exposure: lawn mowers, truck engines, motorcycles, garbage trucks, chain saws, pneumatic drills, musical concerts, gun shots and jet engines, to name a few.
Some earmolds come with a filtered attenuator, allowing for verbal communication while still protecting hearing, which is popular with musicians and others who work in noisy environments. These types of earmolds come in both electronic and non-electronic models. Earmolds are also popular for fitting over certain earbud headphones, under pilot boom-mic headsets, and other specialty uses.
Though over-the-counter earplugs offer some protection, custom earmolds and earplugs offer maximum protection as well as a comfortable fit that is designed specifically for your ears. They offer more security in knowing that your ears have the best possible protection against hearing loss.
Custom earmolds for hearing aids
Depending on the severity of your hearing loss, you may need custom earmolds. A custom earmold keeps the amplified sound from the hearing aid in the ear canal. It also ensures the sound is delivered directly to the eardrum. As the name implies, custom molds are made to your specific ear structure. For this reason, custom earmolds are often used for better retention and comfort purposes with hearing aid use.