Custom Fit Ear Plugs and Ear Molds: Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I know if I need custom fitted ear molds or ear plugs?
In general, if you use ear plugs frequently, and/or if you cannot get a
comfortable and effective fit with generic ear plugs, custom fit ear plugs are
highly recommended. With custom fit ear plugs, you will get a perfect fit. We
offer a full range of custom noise reduction and sleeping earplugs, musician ear
plugs, swimmer's ear plugs, shooting ear plugs, motorcyclist ear plugs, and
more. In addition we offer custom fitted ear molds that will greatly improve the
fit and function of your isolation earphones, as well as most other kinds of
in-ear devices, including pilot's headsets, two-way radio headsets, cell phone
headsets, stethoscopes, and more. If it goes into your ear, chances are very
good we can make a custom mold that will make it work and feel better.
Our custom fitted ear plugs are not usually rated for NRR, though a few are. The manufacturers tell us that NRR is used to represent the "real world" best case average performance, and with custom fitted plugs, you get performance that is just like the lab because they always fit. Our custom noise protection earplugs are made of a tough, soft silicone or vinyl material that varies from a low of 28dB at the lower frequencies you can hear, to more than 40dB at frequencies above 2000 Hz.
If that all sounds like a bunch of techno-babble, here is a more practical
explanation: Foam earplugs, when properly inserted deeply into your ear canal can
offer results that are similar to the results you should experience with your
If you have used foam or wax earplugs, your custom earplugs will always be as good or better
than the typical experience you have achieved with these. Custom earplugs will
always fit properly and they will not put pressure on your ear canal to form a
seal because they are fitted exactly to your contours. They are simple to insert
and they will last for many years--at least 2-5 years or more with regular
cleaning and proper care.
How do I get custom fitted ear molds or ear plugs?
For custom fitted ear molds or ear plugs, first order the custom product you need, then you must obtain a set of impressions.
Our custom products include our impression kit and we will send the kit right away when you order. You can make your own impressions and return them to us at the address below. The kit comes with everything you need including fully illustrated instructions. It is simple, safe and easy and takes just 10 minutes or so. Here are the impression kit instructions you can review if you like, to see what you are getting into before you order.
As an alternative, you can visit a local audiologist and ask for a set of impressions. The cost is usually somewhere around $50. You will receive your impressions at the time of your visit to the audiologist. Mail the impressions to us and we will do the rest. Please make sure you mail them to the following address:
Custom Fitting Department
Our kit contains a pre-addressed box you can use to send your impressions to us.
The audiologist may give you a pre-addressed box in which to mail them. Just
paste a label over the address if necessary.
How long will it take to get my finished custom ear molds or plugs?
You will receive your finished custom molds or ear plugs in approximately 10-20 business days
from the time we receive your impressions.
What does it cost for a set of impressions?
The usual cost averages about $50,
depending on the particular audiologist you visit. Our do it yourself
impression kit costs $15 if purchased separately, but a kit is included at no
charge when you buy most of our custom products.
What if my custom plugs or molds do not fit properly?
We guarantee the fit! If your finished ear plugs do not fit satisfactorily, we will remake the
earplugs or ear molds, at no cost to you, from a new set of impressions
you send to us, and we will send you additional materials from which to make a
replacement set of impressions if needed. We make this offer because we will not be satisfied until you are satisfied.
What do I ask for when I call or visit the audiologist?
Ask for a set of full ear impressions. Be sure you ask if they use silicone or paste. Most audiologists use silicone impression material, but a few still use the outdated paste technology. The reason we suggest that you insist on silicone is that the impressions it makes are more accurate, and the impressions are far less susceptible to damage during mailing and production of your finished custom ear molds or
ear plugs. There is no difference in the cost of the two materials, and the silicone is easier for the audiologist to use, which is why you usually will not have any trouble with this issue.
The audiologist quoted me $60 for impressions! What is the deal?
If the price quote is more than $50, make sure to check that your audiologist is charging you for just the impressions, not for finished ear molds. Tell them you just want the impressions, and most audiologists will be happy to assist you. (If your audiologist will not make just the impressions for you, call around. There are a lot of audiologists
out there, and most will be helpful.) Note that over the years, prices for ear impressions have gone up! These days, an audiologist charging up to $65 just for a set of impressions is not unusual. Of course, with the help of an audiologist, you can be sure you will get full and accurate impressions in exchange for your inconvenience, time and money. Whether seeing (and paying) an audiologist for your impressions is best, or whether using our convenient do it yourself impression kit is a better choice for you, is ultimately up to you. Either way, we are here to help guide you through the process and ensure you can get the good ear impressions you need to get that perfect fit from your custom product.
What if I decide to buy my ear molds or plugs from the audiologist?
If you decide to buy from the audiologist who makes your impressions, please let us know and we will cancel your order with Ear Plug Superstore. We suggest that you ask a lot of questions to make sure you are getting the right product for your application, and that you make sure you know all the costs involved. Be sure to ask for their policy on fitting guarantee. The audiologist will probably send your impressions to one of the same earmold laboratories we use. The biggest differences will be in the cost of the finished ear molds or
ear plugs. Because we are a worldwide business, our volume is greater than that of most any independent audiology office, and we pass along the resulting lower costs to our customers.
Can I get my money back if I do not like the custom fitted plugs or molds?
Our return policy for
custom fitted ear plugs and ear molds is for fit only, not for function. If the
ear plugs do not fit properly on the first try, we will remake the ear plugs at no
charge if you send us another set of impressions and we will send you materials
to make the replacement impressions, but we cannot refund the
What if I change my mind and want to cancel my order?
If you decide to cancel your custom order, please contact us to let us know. As long as the order has not already been sent to the lab, it can be cancelled and refunded. The refund will be reduced by a $25 cancellation fee to cover the cost of order processing fees.