Thursday, February 21, 2013
New Ear Molds
Currently, with Whitney's growth rates, she needs new molds every few months. It costs us about $150, after insurance, to get a new set of molds made. And the worst part is that the process of taking the impressions makes Whitney incredibly upset. She hates having things stuck in her ears and it's a battle every time we go.
Then, every once in a while Whitney will get bored while she's on the bus or watching TV and chew up one of the molds so it can't be used anymore. It can be several weeks in the mail before they arrive. And once in a while it just takes extra long to get an appointment with the audiologist So sometimes Whit just has to wait. She gets by with one or no hearing aids at all.
But not anymore. Our audiologist took new molds of Whit's ears last week. But she also had a great idea. She gave us some new tubes that don't have to be custom fit. They have a tip at the end that fits into the end of her ear canal like a tiny silicone headphone tip. They aren't a perfect fit like the custom molds, but they cost next to nothing and in the event of a chewed up, lost or outgrown mold, Whitney can wear one of these new ones to get her by. It certainly beats not hearing. They don't fit tight enough to use full time, because Whit still just doesn't leave her aids alone. But maybe someday they'll be a way to alleviate the whole custom mold situation altogether. Here's hoping!