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All about in-ear hearing devices and how to make an earmold

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Advantages of custom-made hearing devices

Improved fit and comfort: Custom-made in-ear hearing devices are tailored precisely to the shape of the ear, providing a perfect fit and maximum comfort. This minimizes discomfort and irritation, even with prolonged use. In addition, wearing glasses does not create any hindrance, as no part hangs behind the ear.
Endurance when exercising and sweating: Custom-made in-ear hearing devices are ideal for athletes who sweat a lot. Because they fit perfectly in the ear canal, there is no risk of sweat reaching and damaging the device, extending its lifespan and reducing repairs or replacements.
Less chance of getting lost: Due to the design of custom-made in-ear hearing devices, there is less chance of them getting lost, especially in situations where other objects, such as glasses, can be removed. They are secure and less likely to be accidentally removed.
Easily put in and out: With a simple motion, you can comfortably insert and remove the hearing aid in your ear.
Improved sound recognition: Custom-made in-ear hearing devices offer better sound recognition because sound enters the ear through the auricle. This allows you to more accurately determine which direction the sound is coming from. They also help pick up sounds during conversations in noisy environments, allowing you to hear and communicate better.
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How to make an earmold

In-ear hearing devices play an important role in improving the listening experience of people with hearing loss. Unlike standard models, custom-made hearing devices are specially tailored to the unique shape of the wearer's ear, offering several benefits. To obtain a custom-made in-ear hearing device, follow the process below:

  1. Clean the ear
    For an accurate ear impression, it is important that the ear is clean. Be sure to clean the ear thoroughly before going to the audiologist. A clean ear canal will ensure that the impression is taken correctly and the hearing device fits comfortably.
  2. Applying the impression material
    The audiologist uses soft and malleable impression material that is placed in the ear canal. To protect the auricle, a cotton ball is first placed in the ear. Then the flexible silicone mixture is gently inserted into the ear canal. The material adapts perfectly to the shape of the ear and creates an exact replica of the ear canal. After the material hardens for a few minutes, the audiologist can carefully remove it.
  3. Checking and adjustments
    The impression is checked for quality and accuracy. The audiologist inspects that all details of the ear canal are clearly visible and that there are no flaws that could affect the fit.
  4. Fitting the in-the-ear hearing aid
    The impression of the ear canal is used as the basis for fitting the in-the-ear hearing device. Using advanced technology and craftsmanship, the audiologist designs and manufactures the ear mold to perfectly fit the anatomy of the wearer's ear. The impression is analyzed and digitized, creating an accurate 3D model of the ear canal to have the hearing device custom manufactured.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is making an ear impression free of charge?

Yes, if you purchased a hearing device from us that requires an ear impression, you can make a free appointment at a service point near you.

Do all in-the-ear hearing devices require an ear impression?

No, not all in-the-ear hearing devices require an ear impression. There are also in-the-ear hearing devices that are ready to use immediately.

What is the difference between a custom-made or universal in-the-ear hearing device?

A custom-made in-the-ear hearing device has more comfort and less wind noise. However, it does take longer to get ready to use because of the extra steps such as making an ear impression. Click here to make an appointment.

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