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Ear molds, Ill fitted ear molds can hurt
Sugar
post Sat Jun 12, 2004, 03:44 PM
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I had to get a new one made as the old one somehow got bent out of shape and hurt the inside of my ear really bad. It took weeks for the ear to heal. I am soo happy with my new ear mold. I just wish it didn't take 2 whole weeks for the HA shop to receive it from whereever the impression was sent.
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post Sun Jun 13, 2004, 06:13 AM
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I understand Sugar! I wish I could find a new kind of earmold- one that is made from "shapeshifter" type of material- kinda like velasco foam? (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif) My ears always seem to change shape.

Yes- it takes awhile to get 'em back. Making an earmold is quite a process! I've worked with Westone Labs (earmold co.) when I was a job developer and got the grand tour- it's quite interest, all the steps it takes to get an earmold made. Training takes awhile too.

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QUOTE (Sherry @ Jun 13 2004, 03:13 AM)
I understand Sugar!  I wish I could find a new kind of earmold- one that is made from "shapeshifter" type of material- kinda like velasco foam? (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif) My ears always seem to change shape. 

Yes- it takes awhile to get 'em back. Making an earmold is quite a process!  I've worked with Westone Labs (earmold co.) when I was a job developer and got the grand tour- it's quite interest, all the steps it takes to get an earmold made.  Training takes awhile too.

Sherry

"Velasco foam"?!? (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/confused1.gif)

Dang.. I knew Camile was a good singer and American Idol finalist...but Maui's li'l girl from IHOP actually works in the plastics industry? (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/surprise.gif)

Mark (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/fool.gif)
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Velasco foam ...new to me. Do most HA shops offer this type of product?
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QUOTE (Sherry @ Jun 13 2004, 09:13 AM)
Yes- it takes awhile to get 'em back. Making an earmold is quite a process!  I've worked with Westone Labs (earmold co.) when I was a job developer and got the grand tour- it's quite interest, all the steps it takes to get an earmold made.  Training takes awhile too.

Sherry

I hope this isn't off-topic (if it is, I apologize).

Sherry, I am interested in how earmolds are made. (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) If possible, could you explain how it is made or is there a website on that (like Coca-Cola does theirs -- how the soda was processed and distributed)?

I already know the part about the person (audie or a hearing aid dispenser) who made the earmold to make inside your ear -- I have had that done many many times....but I am interested how they make the earmolds in FACTORIES. (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

Thanks. (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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post Mon Jun 14, 2004, 05:18 AM
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Ohhh- I said "I wish I could find a new kind of earmold- one that is made from "shapeshifter" type of material- kinda like velasco foam?" Didn't say one was actually out there! My ear changes shape all the time. My earmold will fit today but maybe not tomorrow. Drives me crazy!!!

Nancy- I can't find a site where the actual process of making the earmolds is explained in detail but I visited Westone Labs- you might take a look at their site Westone Labs and read thru it. There's some interesting info! I learned a lot about various earmolds- I like the earmold with the hold for Walkman type "earbuds", I might look into that...cuz I could patch the other one into my CI. Hmmm. Might be worth getting!

It's been awhile since I was there but it was a long, involved process with many steps. Quite interesting to see too. Each person is highly skilled and they try to be very careful with the hiring process because the training is so expensive. I do not know if it has changed, but that is how it was at that time.

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Hmmmm is that visco elastic foam, like my Tempur-pedic mattress???
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post Tue Jun 15, 2004, 04:29 AM
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QUOTE (Linden @ Jun 15 2004, 12:55 AM)
Hmmmm is that visco elastic foam, like my Tempur-pedic mattress???

Yes- to my knowledge no such a product exists for the earmold but if they could make something LIKE that for the ear it would be really nice...

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post Sat Jul 10, 2004, 05:46 AM
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Update:

I contacted Westone Labs and asked if such a producted existed. Here is there response.

Dear Ms. Davis,

We might just have an earmold style that will work for you. Our Style
No. 6KC is manufactured with a mostly hollowed out canal portion that
flexes with the ear. This could be of benefit to you, I think.

The next time you are getting new earmolds, ask your audiologist or
hearing instrument dispenser to specify the No. 6KC from Westone and to
send the order to the personal attention of Karl Cartwright.

Thanks for thinking of Westone,

Randy Morgan
President & CEO
Westone Laboratories, Inc.
2235 Executive Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 540-9333 (telephone)
(800) 525-5071 (toll free)
(719) 540-9183 (facsimile)
www.westone.com


I plan to get one in a couple of weeks!

Sherry
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post Sat Jul 10, 2004, 07:12 AM
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flex canal has been out awhile! It's even perfect for high power hearing aids!
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[/QUOTE]"Velasco foam"?!?

Dang.. I knew Camile was a good singer and American Idol finalist...but Maui's li'l girl from IHOP actually works in the plastics industry?
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(IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif) , funny one.

Hey Sherry, I'd like to know more about those earbuds with the CI. Do you have the Clarion BTE with the T-Mic?

I had an earmold made that you can fit the t-mic through to make it stay, but last time I tried my regular headphones, it did not seem to pick up sounds. Grr...I am waiting for my audiologist to respond because I forgot to my appointment last week. I might pop in and pick it up without the hassle of reminding her.

I don't know if it's because my t-mic is old. It now bends all the way to where the ear hook stands, so at any moment it can fall out.

So if you don't have the Clarion, you may not understand what the heck I am talking about (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/confused1.gif) ha ha ha

I am not sure if the special t-mic earmold is from Westone.
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