Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum
Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum

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Ear Molds

Behind-the Ear & Eyeglass Ear Molds

The earliest ear molds for BTE hearing aids and eyeglasses were solid with no vent holes in them. These are called occluding ear molds as they could make it seem like you are hearing in a barrel. Today occluding ear molds are typically used for people with severe losses in order to prevent feedback through the vent hole.

 

 

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Some ear molds are very soft and pliable like this pair. This makes for more comfort to some people. Others like harder ear molds.


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This is an "open" ear mold. It doesn't fill the bowl of the ear so doesn't feel as hot to wear.

 

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This is a skeleton ear mold. It has even less material in it than the open ear mold.

 

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Another skeleton ear mold.

 

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This is a canal ear mold. It fits down inside the ear canal.

 

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This canal lock ear mold had a bit of an ear hook to lock it in place.

 

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This is a special ear mold called a "stint" ear mold. Notice the extra large bore. These ear molds were mainly used by people with normal hearing that had prolapsed (collapsed) ear canals. The opening of the sound channel has as large a bore as possible in the center to allow maximum amount of sound to reach the eardrum.


 

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