When your hearing aid device isn’t working properly, it makes everyday activities such as conversing with loved ones or watching your favorite TV program very difficult. For this reason, Founder of Concepts in Hearing in Cincinnati, OH, and licensed audiologist Lisa Rademacher, stresses the importance of finding the right hearing device for your needs.
Here she discusses what ear molds are and why their fit is so essential:
Ear Molds Explained
An ear mold is a piece of soft material that is paired with a hearing aid device and is designed to fit snugly in your ear canal. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes that are dictated by your degree of hearing loss, style of instrument, as well as the shape of your ear.
Patients with ill-fitting ear molds often report their own voices sound either too muffled or too loud. An ear plug is meant to block the ear canal, so a mold that is too large can make everything sound distant or muted.
Do you hear a whistling sound every time you chew or talk? Your ear mold might be shifting around, an annoyance often caused by the shape of your jaw. Speak with your audiologist about fitting a small handle, called a “canal lock,” to your mold so it can be held securely in place.
An ear mold isn’t only helpful for those who’ve suffered a loss of hearing, but it also aids people who regularly work in loud environments too, such as construction zones or rock concerts. An ill-fitted mold won’t properly protect your hearing from regular, blaring sound, and can cause ear damage.
If you’re in need of a hearing aid device, turn to Concepts in Hearing. The founder, Lisa Rademacher, M.A., has over 20 years of experience in evaluating impairments in children and adults, fitting devices and providing the perfect fit for custom ear molds. Our team pairs affordable, state-of-the-art technology with compassionate, personalized service to help restore your quality of life. Visit our website to learn more about available molds. If you’re ready to make your appointment, call (513) 777-8599 today.