Hearing Accessories

Whether your needs involve reduc­ing noise expo­sure on the job or for recre­ation, decreas­ing water expo­sure or alle­vi­at­ing pres­sure in your ears, our Audi­ol­o­gists are able to make rec­om­men­da­tions and help you under­stand what hear­ing acces­sories will be best for your indi­vid­ual situation.

Expo­sure to repet­i­tive loud noise is one of the most com­mon caus­es of hear­ing loss as it can cause per­ma­nent dam­age to the cochlea, the sense organ of hear­ing. For­tu­nate­ly, there are sev­er­al options avail­able to pre­serve your hear­ing sen­si­tiv­i­ty. Addi­tion­al­ly, patients who trav­el and notice dis­com­fort while fly­ing may be able to improve their expe­ri­ence by work­ing with an Audi­ol­o­gist to obtain Ear Planes.

Some devices are cus­tom-made to fit your ear anato­my, oth­ers are avail­able over-the-counter.

Swim Molds

Patients who have fre­quent expo­sure to water or who have nar­row ear canals may be more vul­ner­a­ble to recur­rent ear infec­tions. Swim molds are worn to seal the ear canal from mois­ture to pre­vent bac­te­r­i­al infec­tion of the ear (swim­mers ear), a painful con­di­tion which often caus­es tem­po­rary hear­ing loss. Often patients of all ages uti­lize swim molds fol­low­ing ear tube surgery.

Swim molds are man­u­fac­tured from a cus­tom impres­sion of your ear to cre­ate a pre­cise phys­i­cal bar­ri­er to pre­vent water from enter­ing into the ear canal. The mold is cre­at­ed using a float­able sil­i­cone mate­r­i­al and can be cus­tomized to a child’s favorite swirl of col­ors or an adult’s pref­er­ence for a skin tone.

If inter­est­ed in being eval­u­at­ed for swim molds, sched­ule an appoint­ment with one of the DMG Hear­ing & Audi­ol­o­gy experts.

Cus­tom Hear­ing Pro­tec­tion & Musi­cian Ear Molds

Cus­tom hear­ing pro­tec­tion, includ­ing fil­tered noise plugs are avail­able as over-the-counter prod­ucts and func­tion by reduc­ing vol­ume while main­tain­ing clar­i­ty. These may be used for attend­ing con­certs or work­ing in loud environments.

If music is an impor­tant part of your career, hear­ing pro­tec­tion is crit­i­cal to pre­serve how you detect sound. Cus­tom musi­cian ear molds allow you to pro­tect your ears from hear­ing loss with­out com­pro­mis­ing sound qual­i­ty or your abil­i­ty to har­mo­nize with oth­er musicians.

Musi­cian ear molds are a cus­tom prod­uct requir­ing an impres­sion of your ear canal to ensure a tight but com­fort­able fit. Fil­ters are avail­able for these plugs in three dif­fer­ent atten­u­a­tion lev­els. Please con­tact the DMG Hear­ing and Audi­ol­o­gy depart­ment to sched­ule an appoint­ment to dis­cuss the best prod­uct for your needs.

Ear Planes

Ear Planes ease the tran­si­tions of pres­sure changes that cause ear pain dur­ing air trav­el. They func­tion by slow­ly equal­iz­ing the air pres­sure changes with an inter­nal fil­ter, they do not change noise detec­tion. Adults and chil­dren who have dif­fi­cul­ty pop­ping” their ears can ben­e­fit from using Ear Planes. Please call the Audi­ol­o­gy depart­ment to obtain.