You’ve been avoiding calling us to find out if you need hearing aids, but you’ve finally decided it’s time. You’ve been resisting this like so many others. But the inconvenience, the lost moments, the missing conversations, they all finally became too hard to ignore.
So when you do finally come in and then you find out that you will still need to wait another couple of weeks before you obtain your custom fit hearing aids, it can be disheartening.
That means that you will be losing some of life’s precious moments for two more weeks. However, there is another option: a deceptively basic device add-on, called hearing aid domes.
What are hearing aid domes?
They sound sort of grand, right? Like hearing aids dueling in some kind of ancient mythical arena. Welcome to the Hearing Aid Dome: Two hearing aids enter…but only one leaves!
It’s not quite that thrilling. They are pretty cool though. Hearing aid domes are put on the end of your hearing aid speakers like little earbuds. Usually made of silicone or plastic, they attach to the tubing of your hearing aid and fit on the part that goes inside of your ear canal. They’re made for behind-the-ear or inside-the-ear-canal models of hearing aids. And they basically do two things:
- They assure that the speaker of the hearing aid is seated in an ideal position in your ear. And they help secure the speaker in place. That way it’s not wiggling around.
- On occasion, outside sound can interfere with the sound of your hearing aid and hearing aid domes help stop that by controlling the amount of outside sound. Hearing aid domes work to enhance the sound clarity and offer an extra bit of control when used correctly.
Domes for hearing aids look kind of like those bulbs at the end of your earbuds. You will have to choose the hearing aid dome that’s ideal for you from a number of types, and we can help you do that.
Different types of hearing aid domes
Open types and closed types each let in different amounts of background sound.
Hearing aid dome types include:
With these, more sound is able to pass through little holes in the dome. You get the advantage of amplification while still being able to process outside sounds.
These domes let less external sound in through fewer and smaller holes. These are better for more pronounced hearing loss where background noise can be distracting.
Power domes have no holes and totally block external sounds. With these, almost no external sound can get in. These domes will be ideal for people with extremely severe hearing loss.
Do hearing aid domes need to be swapped out?
For best effect, you should swap out your hearing aid domes every 2-3 months (your ears can be a bit dirty in there).
Hearing aid domes can usually 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 prevalent for a wide variety of reasons. Here are some common advantages:
- The external world sounds more clear and natural: You can be certain your hearing aids produce a clear, natural sound quality by choosing the right type of hearing aid domes. More than likely, some sound will still get through and that’s the reason for this. Again, this depends on the style of dome, and we will help you with this.
- Hearing aid domes can be more discrete: Hearing aid domes aren’t that big, particularly when they’re in your ear. They’re pretty discrete in this way.
- You’re able to hear your own voice: A natural level of sound can get through some types of hearing aid domes. This means you can still hear your own voice as you naturally would. This makes the clarity of sound seem much more natural, which means you’re more likely to use your hearing a great deal more often.
- No fitting time: One of the most popular (and immediate) advantages of hearing aid domes is that you don’t have to wait. You can un-box them, put them on your hearing aid and you’re good to go. This is a perfect option for individuals who don’t want to wait weeks for custom fit hearing aids. It’s also good for people who want to try out their hearing aids before they buy them. For patients who want faster results, hearing aid domes can provide a way to accomplish that without compromising the quality of your sound clarity.
And again, this will mean you’re not as likely to leave your hearing aid sitting on your nightstand.
What are the drawbacks to hearing aid domes?
You’ll want to be aware of some of the downsides and trade-offs that come with hearing aid domes. Among the most common are the following:
- They can at times be uncomfortable: Having something plugging the ear canal can be very uncomfortable for some individuals. Some people find this sensation, called “occlusion” by hearing specialist, intensely uncomfortable. Also, your hearing aid dome can become lodged in your ear if you pull it out too fast or if you don’t keep it clean. You’ll most likely need to come in and see us to get it removed if this happens.
- Occasionally, they can cause feedback: Feedback isn’t necessarily typical, but it does occur. This is especially true for people who have high-frequency hearing loss.
- Some forms of hearing loss aren’t suitable for hearing aid domes: As an example, hearing aid domes won’t be the ideal choice if you have high frequency hearing loss or profound hearing loss. For people with high-frequency hearing loss, again, it’s the feedback that becomes the problem. For those with profound hearing loss, it’s really the hearing aid itself that’s the issue: the kind of hearing aid commonly associated with hearing aid domes is normally not large or powerful enough for this type of hearing loss.
Should I use hearing aid domes?
Ultimately, the choice of whether you should use hearing aid domes or not is largely a personal one. We can help but it’s your choice. And we will be able to walk you through all the pros and cons related to your unique hearing health.
Some people might do better waiting for a custom fitting. Others will build healthy lifelong hearing habits by choosing a solution that lets them begin using their new hearing aids right away.
You have options and that’s the nice thing.