About earmoulds – more from My Dad’s Hearing Aid Book

More from My Dad’s Hearing Aid Book – Chapter 2, Getting on with a hearing aid from the start:  “At the beginning – you have to be able to put it on and take it off, and you must be able to adjust the volume control easily and quickly.  The first of these probably sounds trite, but it is surprising how any people, particularly elderly people, encounter difficulty with this to the point where they “can’t be bothered” and become reluctant to use the aid at all.  So the sake of a little perseverance , so much benefit can be lost.”

(Ed: I have lots to comment on here – I think Dad would have been excited to know that his daughter was in part responsible for a hearing aid that had such low processing delay, and such good feedback cancellation that many, many people would be able to use open fit hearing aids, and not have to worry about the earmold at all – that’s the Blamey & Saunders Hearing aids.   Also our hearing aids are fully adapting, so there is generally no need to change the volume either.  However, his last point is so right.  Sometimes people put off getting hearing aids for a long time, and then it’s hard, and some people just don’t persevere.  They just expect “normal” or even “better than normal” hearing to just happen – and if it doesn’t they give up.  It’s really sad, as it only get’s harder  For someone with a significant degree of low frequency hearing loss, and earmould may still be necessary.)

Dad continues:

“An audiologist will have arranged for the preparation of your personal ear mould, and will have shown you how to fit it into the ear with the aid attached.  It’s a fiddling one-handed job, and at first the mould probably feels enormous and is strangely reluctant to go into the ear, or it persists in hanging loosely the wrong way round on the end of the tube.  But go in to the ear it will (Ed: as long as it the impression was taken well, and the manufacturer has done a good job – neither are always the case), and because it has been molded to fit into your ear exactly it will be a tight fit.

The best course of action if, when you have arrived home with your new behind-the-ear aid and it simply will not go into the ear, is to go back to you audiologist again and ask for help.  If this is difficult or inconvenient, try the following procedure

Take hold of the aid, thumb at the base and second finger on the plastic tube on top.  Hold it up so that the aid is towards the back of you heard, and the “spout” of the ear mould is pointing inwards towards the ear.  Hook the tube over the ear so that it just rests there, and let go of it.

Now take hold of the back edge of the earmould with the thumb and forefinger and push it into the ear.  Right in as far as it will go.  It will probably help to give the lobe of the ear a little “tweak” with the thumb as the mould goes into the ear.

Finally tuck the pointed top of the mould into the folds of the ear so that it is a snug fit, and just press the mould gently in all round” (Ed. note that there are lots of styles of earmolds and they don’t all fit this description)

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