Canal earmolds: Similar to dome-style earmolds, they're made from the canal portion of the impression and are designed to be inconspicuous, while providing good ear retention and a customized fit.
Canal molds require a relatively long ear canal to fit properly. No portion extends into the concha bowl—they're completely contained within the canal.
Full-shell earmolds: This type of earmold provides maximum ear retention and is sculpted by the lab for a natural appearance. Full shells help prevent feedback and work well for moderate to severe hearing loss.
Skeleton earmolds: These have material removed from the center to enhance cosmetic appearance while still providing excellent in-ear retention. Designed for maximum comfort, a rim of material secures the mold within the concha, creating an effective seal.
Semi-skeleton earmolds: Skeleton earmolds without the back ring, semi-skeleton molds work for people with limited dexterity. Skeleton and semi-skeleton molds are generally comfortable, easy to retain, and suitable for people with mild to severe hearing loss.
Half-shell earmolds: Sculpted like full shell molds, except the material is cut back to cover only the bottom half of the concha bowl. Patients need adequate ear-retention. Half shells are recommended for milder hearing loss.
Talk to a Hearing Care Professional about the custom earmold style that is right for you.