Custom molds and earplugs

February 15, 2012 by Christophe Grenier

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Noise protectors

Available in different styles, these types of plugs protect your ears against loud noise in work environments and are perfectly suited for recreational use or just for sleeping. Different options can be ordered to customize them to your needs: acoustic filter to allow you to hear speech while reducing noise, extraction handle to remove them easily, cord to link both plugs so as not to lose them, a ball-bearing for detectors in the agro-food industry.

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Custom earmolds

Custom earmolds are used with behind-the-ear model hearing aids. They are needed to direct sound to the eardrum while providing acoustic seal to prevent feedback. They are available in different styles and are available in a variety of materials, and need to be replaced periodically. Your audioprosthetist will help you make your choice.

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Post-myringotomy earplugs / Swim plugs

Customized post-myringotomy earplugs are prescribed for children and adults following, among other things, a perforation of the ear drum or insertion of a pressure equalization (PE) ear tube to relieve fluid build-up in the middle ear. Swim plugs are also popular among people who like to swim, because they limit the amount of pool water that can enter the ear canals. The goal in this case is to prevent swimmer’s ear infection. Post-myringotomy earplugs/swim plugs are available in many colours.

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Specialty molds

These custom made molds can be designed to fulfill different needs. As for example, some specialty custom molds are designed for hands-free cell phones’ system, others act as a custom adaptor with your insert phones to listen to music. Whatever the usage, these custom molds are designed to provide enhanced audibility and better retention.

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Musician’s Earplugs

Used especially by musicians, these earplugs provide equal noise reduction across all frequencies, thus allowing the full range of sounds to be heard more softly. Interchangeable filters for 9, 15 or 25 dB reduction are available.

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Personal monitors

For the stage, music or even at work, these custom made monitors incorporate a quality earphone for different uses while reducing external noise.

Illustrations: Courtesy of Starkey Canada

Other models of custom molds or plugs are available to meet your listening needs. Do not hesitate to contact an audioprosthetist at one of the multidisciplinary clinics Lobe Santé auditive et communication for more information.  

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