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After months (possibly even years) of waiting, you’ve finally decided to contact us to find out if you should get hearing aids. Like many other people, you’ve been resisting this. But the difficulty of living life without being able to hear has finally become too hard to ignore.

So it’s a bit disheartening when you’re sitting in the hearing specialist’s office and you find out that you’re going to need to wait another couple of weeks for custom fit hearing aids.

That’s another two weeks coping with those lost moments before you can begin getting them back. But you could try a simple little device add on called a hearing aid dome instead.

What are hearing aid domes?

They sound sort of grand, right? Like some kind of arena where hearing aids duel in ancient, mythological combat. Welcome to the Hearing Aid Dome: Two hearing aids enter…but only one leaves!

It’s not really that exciting. But they are pretty neat. Hearing aid domes go on the end of your hearing aid speakers like little earbuds. Usually made of silicone or plastic, they connect to the tubing of your hearing aid and fit around the part that goes in your ear canal. You can use them with both behind-the-ear and in-ear models. And they generally do two things:

  • They situate the hearing aid speaker (the bit that you listen to) in the most effective position inside of your ear canal. And they help secure the speaker in place. That way it’s not wiggling around.
  • They can help limit the amount of outside sound you hear, especially when that external sound can interfere with the function of your hearing aid. Hearing aid domes work to improve the sound clarity and provide an extra bit of control when used properly.

Those little bulbs at the end of earbuds are similar to hearing aid pods. There are multiple hearing aid dome types, so we will help you select the one that’s best for your situation.

Different types of hearing aid domes

Open types and closed types each let in different amounts of ambient sound.

Hearing aid dome models include:

Open Domes

These have openings in the dome that allow more natural sound to pass through and into your ears. You get the benefit of amplification while still being able to process outside sounds.

Closed Domes

These domes let less external sound in through fewer and smaller holes. For individuals with more profound hearing loss, background noise can be really distracting and this kind of dome can help with that.

Power Domes

Power domes have no holes and completely block external sounds. With these, nearly no external sound can get in. These are most practical for very severe hearing loss.

Do hearing aid domes need to be swapped out?

Every two to three months will be the ideal schedule for changing your hearing aid domes (your ears aren’t the dirtiest place, but they aren’t the cleanest, either).

For most people, hearing aid domes can be used right out of the box. That’s one of the greatest things about them.

How will I benefit by wearing hearing aid buds?

Hearing aid domes are popular for a wide array of reasons. The most common benefits include the following:

  • No fitting time: One of the most popular (and immediate) benefits of hearing aid domes is that you don’t have to wait. You can put them in and wear your hearing aid right away. For people who don’t want to wait for custom fit hearing aids, it’s the ideal solution. And if you want to demo a hearing aid before you purchase it, they’re great for that too. For patients who want faster results, hearing aid domes can provide a way to achieve that without compromising the quality of your sound clarity.
  • Everything sounds a little more natural: You can be certain your hearing aids create a clear, natural sound quality by picking the right type of hearing aid domes. Most likely, some sound will still get in and that’s the reason for this. Again, this depends on the type of dome, and we will help you with this.
  • Hearing aid domes can be more discrete: Hearing aid domes are pretty small, particularly when they’re tucked into your ear. In this way, they can be pretty discrete.
  • You can hear your own voice: Some hearing aid domes are designed to let a natural amount of sound get through. This means you can still hear your own voice as you naturally would. This makes the clarity of sound feel much more natural, which means you’re likely to wear your hearing a great deal more often.

And again, this will mean you’re less likely to leave your hearing aid sitting in a drawer.

What are the downsides to hearing aid domes?

As with any hearing device or medical treatment, there are some downsides and trade-offs to hearing aid domes, trade=offs you’ll want to think about before deciding. Here are a few of the most prevalent:

  • They aren’t always comfortable: Having something filling the ear canal can be very uncomfortable for some people. Hearing specialists call this feeling “occlusion,” and some individuals can find it intensely unpleasant. Also, your hearing aid dome can become stuck in your ear if you pull it out too quickly or if you don’t keep it clean. You’ll probably need to come in and see us to get it removed if this happens.
  • Occasionally, they can cause feedback: Feedback isn’t necessarily common, but it does occur. This is particularly true for individuals who are dealing with high-frequency hearing loss.
  • Not suitable for all forms of hearing loss: For example, if you have profound hearing loss or high frequency hearing loss, hearing aid domes may not be the best solution for you. For those with high-frequency hearing loss, again, it’s the feedback that becomes the problem. It’s the hearing aid itself that’s an issue with profound hearing loss: the kind of hearing aid commonly associated with hearing aid domes is usually not large or powerful enough for this form of hearing loss.

So are hearing aid domes right for me?

It’s mostly a personal choice whether you use hearing aid domes. We can help but it’s up to you. And we will be able to help you understand all the pros and cons related to your personal hearing health.

For some people, it might be worth waiting the extra two weeks for a custom-fit device. For other people, the quick results of hearing aids you can wear today will build healthy, lifelong hearing habits.

You have options and that’s the good thing.

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