Hearing Aid Ear Domes
Ear Domes play one of the most crucial roles in a hearing aid however they are often overlooked due to their perceived nature, however if you are looking for a better sound and experience from your hearing aid this is the hearing aid accessory for you.
We currently have a refined selection of hearing aid domes including both the open hearing aid dome and the closed hearing aid dome, each one designed for your specific hearing loss condition by world famous brands including:
GN ReSound, Oticon, Phonak, Unitron and Widex.
What is the difference between an Open and a Closed Hearing Aid Dome?
Choosing the correct dome for your hearing aid isn’t an additional option for your hearing aid but a necessity for your hearing levels. As each one is targeted to a specific type of hearing loss, if you are unsure what type you are suffering from you can Book Your Free Hearing Test >>
An open dome is typically for those suffering from mild hearing loss. The design specifically lets in more background sound than it’s counterpart and allows a more natural sound.
A more advanced loss that is to a mild to moderate level will require a closed dome to keep feedback to a minimum. This will result in a clearer sound from the source with reduced background sound. This can also be done with a feedback filter, however this will hold back too much amplification which will spoil the quality of sound being presented.
What if my hearing aid domes are too tight?
Get them modified by your audiologist:
If you’re suffering from pain in your ear caused by tight hearing aid domes, you can get them modified by some audiologists. Confirm with your audiologist beforehand to see if they offer this service. Typically they will use scissors to cut into the dome and fold the two parts over one another to decrease the size, until they are comfortable.
Do it from home:
There are a number of videos and tutorials online that show you how to modify your hearing aid domes at home. However if you do this, the warranty on your domes is no longer valid and you may need to buy new ones if something goes wrong.
Use a feedback test afterwards:
A feedback test after you have modified the dome is needed, to ensure that no feedback escapes this type of mould. If feedback is being lost you can tell by the reduced sound quality attributed to it. The correct width of dome is then required to ensure it is anchored securely in the ear, but not so tight as to leave the ear sore. If you are experiencing ear pain in this manner consult your audiologist immediately.
What colours can I choose from for my Hearing Aid Dome?
The colour for your hearing aid dome can change depending on which specific manufacturer they originally came from. The most commonly used colours are smokey grey or completely clear. However other manufacturers from around the world may have alternative options available to choose from.
Can I switch out my Hearing Aid Domes whenever I want?
Yes. Hearing aid domes are designed to be easy to remove, due to them needing to be replaced every 6 weeks – 2 months. This is to prevent them getting dirty over time. However if you swap them out you must be sure they are the same type and model. This is due to the feedback test taking into account the fit of the dome, which may be altered if you use an alternate type of dome.
How do I replace a Hearing Aid Dome?
Many audiologists recommend you visit them to replace your hearing aid domes, however it can also be done at home. There are 3 steps involved if you wish to do it yourself:
- Pick up your hearing aid and hold onto the thin tube that attaches the hearing aid to the hearing aid dome. With your other hand gently pull the earpiece off.
- Select your new dome making sure it is the same type/model and size of your previous one, gently place the dome in the middle of your earpiece.
- Push the previously selected dome into place firmly and check if it is securely fastened.
What should I do if my ear dome comes off in my ear?
Should your dome come off in your ear, how deep in the ear it is will determine your course of action. It will need to be removed via your Audiologist, GP or the outpatients at the hospital. We suggest always going via your Audiologist due to them already having you on file with all your details. Aim for their next available appointment if possible.
What are Hearing Aid Domes made from?
The material of the domes is medical grade silicone. Which is specifically designed to not cause an allergic reaction, much less likely than for a custom earmold. But some patients can be allergic to the cleaning agent used to clean the dome. So check the ingredients of your cleaning fluid to ensure you are safe to use it.
Why should I clean my Hearing Aid Dome?
Cleanliness and hygiene with the dome is very important to stop infections being introduced into the ear. It helps to give the domes a wipe with disinfectant after every use, and to keep the hearing aids in a clean container. Upon handling the hearing aids you should always ensure your hands are thoroughly washed so you do not introduce infection this way.
What are the signs of a ear infection?
An ear infection can be identified through a number of ways but usually starts with an inflammation (red soreness) in or around the ear. If not treated symptoms may worsen leading too: further hearing loss, nausea, more severe ear pain, a sharp ringing in the ear and issues with walking normally.
Is an ear infection caused by a virus or bacteria?
- The British Society of Audiology have determined that the most common cause of a ear infection inside the ear is a virus. However this does not mean it cannot be caused by bacteria as well.
- For outer and middle ear infections it is usually bacteria or fungi that cause the ear infection. However there are some viruses that also infect this area.
What should I do if I have a ear infection from a dirty Hearing Aid Dome?
You have 3 options once you discover a ear infection, each determined by the severity of the problem. However you should always consult your audiologist as they may prescribe a different course of action:
- For a mild case you can take a course of painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Then apply a clean flannel (can be warm or cold) onto your ear. Remove any discharge that may be released.
- If it seems to be a outer ear infection you can go to your pharmacist who can prescribe you acidic ear drops designed to stop fungi & bacterial infections.
- If the issue persists or you suffer from great pain you need to visit your GP, who can prescribe antibiotics & other medication to remove the infection.
What are Hearing Aid Power Domes:
A moderate to severe hearing loss requires a specialised hearing aid dome called a power dome or a double dome. This is the most occlusive of all the hearing aid domes and used by those who suffer from the greatest hearing loss.
These hearing domes produce the least amount of feedback with some producing none at all. But they are the most powerful of all the types. Meaning even those who suffer from hearing loss the worst get the hearing they deserve.