Silicone Earmolds : Silicone earmolds are one of the most popular materials for ear molds because they are versatile, comfortable and do not shrink. They are made of hypoallergenic materials but tubing cannot be glued or cemented to the earmold. Silicone earmolds can have a platinum cure or a heat cure, with the heat cure used more often for intricate details.
Acrylic Earmolds : Acrylic earmolds are hypoallergenic. These hard earmolds can be cemented or glued and are typically discreet because of their transparency. These earmolds can be either standard or heat-cured, which is typically ordered for patients with allergies.
Vinyl Earmolds: Vinyl earmolds are also hard but become pliable when in contact with body heat. These earmolds are discreet and hypoallergenic which makes them a popular choice for those who want an earmold small enough to barely be visible. These earmolds can also be cemented.
Custom Earmold Styles
Canal Earmolds – Canal earmolds are made from impressions of the ear canal and are designed to look very discreet. They offer a customized fit and can offer good audio for the earmold wearer. These earmolds do not extend outside of the ear canal but do require the wearer to have a long ear canal for them to not be seen.
Full-Shell Earmolds – Full-shell earmolds offer the wearer optimum hearing retention and are less bulky than other styles. These earmolds look natural and are built to prevent feedback for the wearer. Full-shell earmolds are recommended for those with moderate to severe hearing loss.
Half-Shell Earmolds – Half-shell earmolds are similar to full-shell earmolds, but the material used in half-shell earmolds is designed to cover the concha bowl’s bottom half. These molds are best for people suffering from mild hearing loss.
Skeleton Earmolds – Skeleton earmolds are best for wearers concerned about the appearance of their earmold. These molds have a back ring, or ½ ring, which supplies comfort to the wearer. The rim of material is used to hold the mold within the concha, creating a seal. People suffering from moderate to severe hearing loss are the best fit for skeleton earmolds.
Semi-Skeleton Earmolds – Semi-skeleton earmolds are like skeleton earmolds, but they do not feature the back ring like the earmolds above. These molds are best for patients with mild to severe hearing loss and are recommended for those with limited dexterity.
Much like eyeglass frames must be fit to your face, earmolds must be fit to your ear. It’s important for hearing aid earmolds to be tight enough to prevent sound from leaking out and creating feedback. But not so tight they cause pain. That’s why a hearing healthcare professional will make a cast of your ear, known as an ear impression, to make sure they get the right fit.
Thankfully, custom-made ear plugs and earmolds are an easy solution to noise prevention and are manufactured in a wide range of styles to meet your individual needs. Our ears are as differently shaped as the nose on our faces! A custom-fit earmold can make a big difference when blocking out sounds or in hearing more clearly for those who wear hearing aids. These options work to create a secure and comfortable fit, thus protecting your ears from damaging sounds while allowing you to enjoy your favorite activities. These custom-fit earmolds are also excellent for keeping the ear canal dry and healthy for all underwater activities.
Don’t let noise-induced hearing loss take away your hearing ability! Start protecting your ears today with our custom products and enjoy healthy hearing for the rest of your life. Contact our office today to learn more.