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What Are Earmolds, and How Do They Work?
When you’re considering using a hearing aid, it’s good to know about all of the changes you’re going to be experiencing. When experiencing hearing loss, it’s better to be as informed as possible to make sure you’re pushing yourself in the right direction.
Earmolds are a part of your hearing aid, and the earmold that you receive will be different depending on what kind of hearing aid you’re going to be using. For example, if you’ve seen someone wearing a hearing aid before, and the earmold was noticeable – that was likely in place to keep the hearing aid within the ear comfortably. As the name implies, it’s made to fit in your ear specifically without any discomfort to you, or the risk of the hearing aid falling out and becoming damaged.
The earmold isn’t always used as a way to secure the hearing aid to the ear, and in cases like behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, it’s there to help sound travel to the inner ear, making it a key part of your hearing aids functionality.
Getting Your Earmold
If you’ve recently seen an audiologist and are scheduled to get your earmold, don’t stress. The process of making an earmold is painless and it will be over and done within a matter of moments. It’s also an essential part of having a hearing aid fitted, as without it your hearing aid can fall out easily or fit uncomfortably – leading to possible injury within your ear.
First, your audiologist will inspect your ears to make sure it’s safe to go on with the process. It may be halted if your ears are showing potential obstructions such as excess wax – which they will proceed to remove before they continue.
After this, an audiologist will pour a liquid into your ears, and then leave it for a few moments to cool and harden. The result of this will allow them to create a very accurate fitting for your ears.
The impression made from the liquid is helpful in more ways than one because it can give your audiologist a better look at what is going on inside your ear. It might help to turn out possible unnoticed issues within your ear, that were previously not able to be seen.
Wearing Your Earmold
Once you receive your hearing aid, you’re going to need to know how to use it, as well as how to take proper care of it. If you want it to continue fitting snuggly inside your ear, you have to be gentle with it and use it as intended.
When inserting the earmold, make sure you’re slow and gentle. Slide the earmold and push it towards to back of your ear, tucking it into the fold within your ear canal. While doing this, it could help you to move your mouth around, which slightly moves your ear. It’s not just your earmold that could become damaged, but your ears, too.
Before removing or inserting your hearing aid, you should make sure it is initially switched off to avoid complications. Once it has been removed, you should be sure to clean it. The earmold itself can be cleaned easily with warm, soapy water. Be sure that the mold is completely clean before you start to prepare it the next time you’re going to wear it.
Once you’re done cleaning it, you should ensure that you properly dry it and remove any water from the inside of the device, as it can cause possible damage – and it would be best to avoid getting any unnecessary water inside your ear.
It should be okay to give your earmolds even a quick wash daily if you haven’t got the time, but if you notice that there is dirt starting to build up, you shouldn’t hesitate to give it a deep clean to completely restore it.
If you’re experiencing any complications after washing it, be sure to check that there’s no water inside the tubing or dirt and debris. You can solve this by giving the tube a firm shake. Note that you should be seeing your audiologist routinely once receiving a hearing aid, as the tubing on your earmold will need to be replaced now and then, which is usually every six to nine months.
If you feel you need a hearing aid for yourself or are interested in learning more from an audiologist, then you can reach out to us at the Pacific Audiology Clinic by calling us today at 503-719-4208.