Ear Impressions: Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs
Are they safe?
Yes, any person taking ear impressions must be qualified and also insured - They will then perform the procedure correctly and more importantly safely. At The Headphone Company we are both qualified and insured, we also use the latest equipment and impression materials for our ear impression services, both at our offices and on-site
Why would you need them?
Ear Impressions are required for any custom fitted product, be that ear plugs (musicians, DJs, motorsports, shooting, etc.) or custom in ear monitors (custom IEMs / custom earphones)
What are the costs?
Prices can vary but you do have a choice, there are a range of national chains that will be able to help but also local independents that you may not even realise are there
Typically you would expect to pay about £35 for a pair of ear impressions, some centres may charge up to £50, this often happens if they are a busy centre, so if their time is limited, they will charge a premium - Always check prices before before you book an appointment but never pay more than £50 for a pair of ear impressions where you will be attending an appointment at their premises. If you are looking for a mobile ear impression appointment then you would expect to pay slightly more than £35
At The Headphone Company we offer appointments at our premises in Hertfordshire, but we also offer a mobile service that covers London, Hertfordshire, Essex & most areas of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, West Suffolk and Middlesex. Our prices range from £35 and we are able to visit you any day of the week including evenings and weekends
How long do they take to make?
Typically an appointment will take no more than 30 minutes
How long do they last?
Maximum 3 months before they start to degrade / change shape so they must be used by then or re-made. With some of our custom products your ear impressions will be digitally scanned, free of charge and held on file for 5 years meaning that any re-makes or new custom products in that time will not require a new set of ear impressions
Whatís the ear impression process?
Initially during your appointment our qualified professional will examine your ears to ensure that the ear impressions can safely be taken, generally speaking only an excess of ear wax will prevent us from proceeding - In these circumstances you should see your GP / Nurse to have the wax removed, we can then re-book your appointment
If your ears are OK, they will place a small piece of foam into your ear canal to prevent any excess impression material going into your ear. They will then inject into the outer part of your ear canal the soft impression material: This process will take approximately 10 - 15 minutes
Once set, the impression along with the foam will gently be removed
Do I need an open mouth impression?
This will depend on a few factors and is best discussed with us in person. Generally speaking an open mouth impression will mean that your ear canal with have extra grip on your custom product when the mouth is closed and a normal amount of grip when in the same position as when the impression was taken - Ideal for singing musicians (as the seal is less likely to be broken with constant mouth movement) or audiophiles that are used to wearing Custom IEMs and want that extra bit a grip / tighter seal
Again, to decide what is right for you, please speak to us...
Audiologist or Custom Specialist?
All Audiologists are more than qualified to take an ear impression but not always do they understand that an ear impression can be used for more than just an hearing aid! If you are using an audiologist to have impressions made for any of our custom products please ensure that you have made the purchase with us first and that we have sent you your ear impression instructions for the audiologist to follow
As a specialist store that provides custom ear plugs and custom in ear monitors we know what we need to do and why we need to do it, no fuss, no hassle, we know what detail is required for every product, for every client, no matter what shape or size your ears are - Our specialist service, advice and experience cannot be rivalled
Can anyone have ear impressions taken?
Technically yes, however for ear protection ear plugs or custom in ear monitors itís best that you are over 16 years old, this is because any younger and your ears will out grow the custom product too quickly, ie: youíll possibly be spending money every year to have new impressions taken and new custom products made
What does an ear impression look like?
Whatís a bad impression? Does it make a difference?
A bad impression is an impression that has any of the required detail missing. It can make a difference in 2 ways: 1) It could stop the product being made requiring you to spend more time and money to get fresh impressions, delaying ultimately the production of your custom product or 2) Worse case, your custom product is made and it either doesnít fit, doesnít form a seal, is uncomfortable or possibly all of these issues
At The Headphone Company we will never make a bad impression, likewise we will never send any bad impressions to any of our custom manufacturers. If you are sending us impressions directly we will check them to ensure that they are useable and advise you if they need to be re-made, this is free of charge and part of our service!
Can I use a self impression kit?
Not a good idea! Will never be as accurate as having a professional make them and honestly do you want to have someone unqualified squirting anything in your ear? Donít forget also the subject mentioned above, bad impression = bad custom product
Can I use Blue-Tac?
Er, no although I have seen a video on YouTube of a guy making custom earphone sleeves with Blue-Tac, I guess he was on a very tight budget?
I already have a moulded product, do I need new ear impressions?
Yes, as all custom products are made from ear impressions, you cannot mould a new product from an existing custom product
I have ear impressions already, can they be used?
Only if they are less than 3 months old and have all the required detail (we can check this for you)
Need more information or help?
For a full list of our services for ear impressions Click Here or to talk to our ear impression department directly, call us on: 01920 876 959 (Lines Open: Mon - Sun, 9.00am - 9.00pm) or email by Clicking Here