Hearing Aid Domes: The Pros and Cons

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You’ve been putting off calling us to see if you need hearing aids, but you’ve finally decided it’s time. You have been resisting this like so many others. But the hassle, 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 have to wait another couple of weeks before you get your custom fit hearing aids, it can be discouraging.

That means that you will be losing some of life’s treasured moments for two more weeks. Of course, there is another option: a deceptively simple device add-on, known as hearing aid domes.

What are hearing aid domes?

Doesn’t that sound sort of epic? Like hearing aids fighting 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. But they are rather neat. Hearing aid domes are put on the end of your hearing aid speakers like tiny earbuds. Usually made out of silicone or plastic, they connect to the tubing of your hearing aid and fit on the part that goes inside of your ear canal. You can use them on both behind-the-ear and in-ear models. Here are the two basic functions:

  • They assure that the speaker of the hearing aid is seated in an ideal position in your ear. And they help keep the speaker in place. That way it’s not wiggling around.
  • In some cases, external sound can impede the sound of your hearing aid and hearing aid domes help avoid that by controlling the amount of outside sound. When properly used, hearing aid domes offer you some extra control and work to improve sound clarity.

Those small bulbs at the end of earbuds are a lot like hearing aid pods. There are several hearing aid dome types, so we will help you choose the one that’s best for your situation.

Different types of hearing aid domes

Most come in open and closed designs, each letting in more or less ambient sound.

Hearing aid dome models include:

Open Domes

These have holes in the dome that allow more outside sound to pass through and into your ears. You get the benefit of amplification while still being able to process outside sounds.

Closed Domes

As the name indicates, these domes have fewer openings and block more ambient sound than open domes do. For individuals with more profound hearing loss, ambient noise can be quite distracting and this type of dome can help with that.

Power Domes

Power domes have no holes and totally block outside sounds. With these, almost no external sound can get in. These are most effective for very severe hearing loss.

Do hearing aid domes need to be swapped out?

For best effect, you should change 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 best things about them.

How will I benefit by wearing hearing aid buds?

There are a number of reasons why hearing aid domes are prevalent. The most widespread benefits include the following:

  • The outside world sounds more clear and natural: You can be certain your hearing aids create a clear, natural sound quality by picking the right type of hearing aid domes. Most likely, some sound will still get in and that’s the reason for this. Again, this depends on the type of dome, and we can help you with this.
  • Hearing aid domes can be more discrete: Hearing aid domes aren’t very big, especially when they’re in your ear. In this way, they can be rather discrete.
  • No fitting time: Not having to wait is one of the best benefits of hearing aid domes. You can put them in and use your hearing aid immediately. This is a perfect option for people who don’t want to wait weeks for custom fit hearing aids. It’s also good for people who want to demo their hearing aids before they purchase them. For people who want faster results, hearing aid domes can provide a way to accomplish that without sacrificing the quality of your sound clarity.
  • You can hear your own voice: A natural level of sound can get through some models of hearing aid domes. This means you will still be able to 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 wear your hearing aids far more often.

And again, this will mean you’re less likely to leave your hearing aid sitting in a drawer.

Are there downsides to hearing aid domes?

As with any hearing device or medical procedure, there are some drawbacks and trade-offs to hearing aid domes, trade=offs you’ll want to consider before deciding. Among the most common are the following:

  • They’re not always comfortable: Some individuals are uncomfortable with the feeling of something filling their ear canal. Some people find this feeling, called “occlusion” by hearing specialist, extremely uncomfortable. In addition, if you pull your hearing aid dome out too quickly (or don’t clean it frequently enough), there’s the possibility that it might separate from the tubing and get stuck in your ear canal. You’ll most likely need to come in and see us to have it removed if this happens.
  • Occasionally, they can cause feedback: Feedback isn’t necessarily typical, but it can occur. This is especially true for those who have high-frequency hearing loss.
  • Some types of hearing loss aren’t suitable for hearing aid domes: For instance, if you have profound hearing loss or high frequency hearing loss, hearing aid domes may not be the best solution for you. For those with high-frequency hearing loss, once again, it’s the feedback that becomes the issue. For people who have profound hearing loss, it’s really the hearing aid itself that’s the issue: you’ll need something that’s larger and which is more powerful than the types commonly associated with hearing aid domes.

Should I use hearing aid domes?

It’s largely a personal decision whether you use hearing aid domes. We can help but it’s up to you. And we will go over your individual needs and help advise you on the pros and cons.

For some people, it may be worth waiting the extra two weeks for a custom-fit device. For others, the immediate results of hearing aids you can wear today will create healthy, lifelong hearing habits.

The good thing is that you’ve got options.

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