When you are shopping for earplugs, ear buds or hearing aids, you’ll need a comfortable and secure fit that offers maximum hearing protection. Custom earmolds that are designed to fit the unique contours of your ears are the ideal solution.
Why Choose Custom Earmolds?
Earmolds are soft materials made of plastic or acrylic that are worn inside the ear canal or the concha of the ear. Because everybody’s ears are a different size and shape, earmolds designed to match your individual ear anatomy offer the best fit.
An audiologist will use a silicone substance to make impressions of your ear canals and outer ears, which are then sent to an outside lab, where the molds are created. These molds can be used to make custom devices for different activities and professions (e.g., stethoscopes for medical staff, headphones for pilots, earpieces for newscasters, etc.). They benefit anybody who is exposed to loud sounds, or those who enjoy listening to music over portable electronic devices.
Types of Custom Earmolds
Custom earmolds are commonly used to create earplugs specially designed for swimmers, musicians, race car drivers, hunters, and pilots. Custom swim plugs keep water out of the ears and are useful in protecting people frequently exposed to the water, such as surfers and swimmers, from developing infections such as surfer’s ear and swimmer’s ear. They are made of wax, foam, or other materials.
Musicians and concert-goers can benefit from custom hi-fidelity earplugs that reduce volume without distorting sound. Hi-fidelity earplugs let in the full range of sound, unlike normal earplugs, which tend to cut off high-frequency sounds. Interchangeable attenuators for varying decibel levels are usually included.
Hunters and law enforcement officials can protect their hearing by using electronic earplugs. These hunter’s plugs include an acoustic filter that softens loud noises and amplifies quiet sounds. When struck by a sound pressure wave (such as a gunshot or explosion), a valve closes automatically.
Call ENT Associates of East Texas at (903) 592-5601 for more information or to schedule an appointment.