What are Earmolds?
When a individuals with hearing problem selects a hearing aid style—such as behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids—custom-fit earmolds are often needed to ensure optimum performance and comfort.
An earmold is a acrylic or other soft material shaped to fit a individuals ear canal, and/or the outer ear structure (concha) surrounding the ear canal. Earmold styles vary according to level of hearing loss, and the style of hearing aid with which they're paired. In many cases, earmolds sit inside the ear canal, hidden from view. Other times, earmolds sit in the concha bowl as well as in the ear canal. Because earmolds worn in the concha so closely match the ear's natural contours and skin tone, they're hard to spot.