Making Same-Day Custom Ear Products On the Spot!

Did you know that instant silicone material is available for your convenience? Instant silicone products are designed for making custom earmolds, swim plugs, and/or noise protectors in-house, eliminating the need to send impressions to an earmold manufacturer.  These products are extremely convenient in a variety of situations including offering patients a relatively inexpensive, custom noise protector option beyond traditional foam or thermoplastic earplugs, providing instant  swim plugs for the pediatric population who may need these types of items replaced often, or as a staple when traveling abroad on humanitarian missions when resources and access to traditional forms of audiology-care will be significantly limited.

A popular product worth learning about is Insta-Mold which is available in two basic forms: 1) Insta-Mold II Silicone, and 2) Insta-Mold Featherweight Silicone. Both products enable the clinician to make custom products on-the-spot with essentially two major differences.  First, Insta-Mold II Silicone is a tub & accelerator system comprised of a relatively large tub (or tubs) of base and a smaller bottle-sized amount of hardener paste whereas Insta-Mold Featherweight Silicone is an equal component system packaged in two equal tubs of base & accelerator.  As such, measurement and preparation of the two types of Insta-Mold materials will inherently involve different preparation directions.  Second, Insta-Mold Featherweight Silicone is formulated with special lightweight reinforcing properties that makes the material floatable; Insta-Mold II Silicone is not floatable. From this perspective, the Insta-Mold Featherweight material may be more ideal for making swim plugs although either product can be used to make custom earmolds, noise protectors or swim plugs. Furthermore, both materials are available in a variety of colors and kits that include tools and accessories specifically geared toward making ear protection or swim plugs versus custom earmolds.  Keep this and other instant silicone products in mind for your practice convenience!

About AU Bankaitis

A.U. Bankaitis, PhD is a clinical Audiologist with extensive clinical, research, and business experience within the hearing industry. Dr. Bankaitis created this blog to educate her colleagues on viable product solutions for their patients and/or clinical practice.
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8 Responses to Making Same-Day Custom Ear Products On the Spot!

  1. Naomi says:

    I live in New York – Manhattan area. Where do I purchase an insta mold to be used with a hearing aid?

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  5. Jackie says:

    I have used Insta Mold Featherweight on my humanitarian projects for number of years for a permanent hearing aid earmold. It’s reassuring to return and find the earmolds are just as supple as the day they were made. Of course, after 2 years they become a little harder and shrink as any earmold would do. I always recommend Insta Mold Featherweight to my Humanitarian Collegues who do not have access to earmold manufacturing facilities.

    • aubankaitis says:

      thanks for sharing your comment; I think it is good to know that they material becomes harder over time and does shrink but like you said, most do. This really is a great product to have on had not just at the office but on humanitarian missions.

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