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    I know I am in the minority of hearing aid wearers who don't like domes, but I have never been comfortable with them. I prefer molds. My hearing loss is mainly high frequency. The problem is finding a mold which is really non-occlusive. The best manufacturer I found to date is Westone. I'd welcome any suggestions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simring View Post
    I know I am in the minority of hearing aid wearers who don't like domes, but I have never been comfortable with them. I prefer molds. My hearing loss is mainly high frequency. The problem is finding a mold which is really non-occlusive. The best manufacturer I found to date is Westone. I'd welcome any suggestions.
    My audiologist uses Egger, a German manufacturer. I should hopefully be getting the molds next Wednesday so will keep you updated as to how they are. They are a harder material which softens to body temperature once in the ear and much lighter than normal silicone ones. Sounds promising.
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    Currently wear Oticon Spirit Synergy P bilaterally supplied by the NHS with thermotec custom moulds made privately by Egger. User of Oticon Streamer Pro.

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    Hi,

    I received my new ear moulds on Wednesday and I am so happy with them. A huge improvement over my old NHS silicone moulds. They are Egger Thermotec moulds and I had these made privately. Definitely worth the money.

    They are a harder material, but soften when in the ear and to body temperature. They also have a very tiny vent and has been manufactured accordingly so I can use these with new hearing aids, such as the Oticon OPN Power BTE if I get them.

    They also have thinner tubing, which looks amazing on my ears and means they are barely visible!

    See below for photos and comparisons:

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    My new Egger Thermotec moulds

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    My old NHS Silicone moulds

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    New mould in my ear
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    Currently wear Oticon Spirit Synergy P bilaterally supplied by the NHS with thermotec custom moulds made privately by Egger. User of Oticon Streamer Pro.

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    ^^^^ Tori, the links to your pics don't work. It says invalid attachments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by torinielsen View Post
    Hi,

    I received my new ear moulds on Wednesday and I am so happy with them. A huge improvement over my old NHS silicone moulds. They are Egger Thermotec moulds and I had these made privately. Definitely worth the money.

    They are a harder material, but soften when in the ear and to body temperature. They also have a very tiny vent and has been manufactured accordingly so I can use these with new hearing aids, such as the Oticon OPN Power BTE if I get them.

    They also have thinner tubing, which looks amazing on my ears and means they are barely visible!

    See below for photos and comparisons:

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    My new Egger Thermotec moulds

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    My old NHS Silicone moulds

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    New mould in my ear
    Problem here is the OP is looking for molds that are non occluding, so silicone or the molds you just got won't work.
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    Hi,

    Hopefully the images will work now! I have attached them to the post as well in case.

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    My new Egger Thermotec moulds

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    My old NHS Silicone moulds

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    With my new mould in the ear

    I understand the OP is looking for moulds that are non occluding and although these aren't (I do now have a little vent which allows my ears to breathe), I thought it was still worth mentioning as the manufacturer Egger might have something that could be of interest to the OP and to give you all an idea of the differences in moulds. Unfortunately unlike a lot of people on this forum, I am not lucky enough to be able to wear domes or anything less than what I have and I am just so happy to have moulds that are quite invisible and I wanted to share that with everyone on this thread rather than making another new thread.
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    Currently wear Oticon Spirit Synergy P bilaterally supplied by the NHS with thermotec custom moulds made privately by Egger. User of Oticon Streamer Pro.

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    The new Egger Thermotec moulds look great! How are they better than the old NHS ones? Do they help make the HA sound better, or primarily feel more comfortable?
    HA wearer since the 1990's > Rexton Insite+ CIC (2011-2016) > Oticon OPN RITE (2016)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volusiano View Post
    The new Egger Thermotec moulds look great! How are they better than the old NHS ones? Do they help make the HA sound better, or primarily feel more comfortable?
    They are a harder material, so less shrinkage and less slippage. I had terrible slippage issues with my old Silicone ones. And I now have a vent to allow my ears to breathe whereas before had issues with my ears being sore and getting spots. I would ask for new moulds but the NHS don't like doing them often but I found they didn't last long before becoming quite irritable.

    They are a lot lighter as well compared to my silicone ones, and as you can see, almost virtually invisible in the ear. With the tubing thinner as well and positioned lower than they were on the old ones, it has made it quite invisible and not obvious that I have ear moulds.

    I am still getting used to them as quite different but I am so thrilled with them. They cost 300 but so worth it and they are expected to last at least three years. Wish I went private sooner! The NHS even said I couldn't have thinner tubing due to my aids but I can hear just as well with the thinner tubing, I think it depends on the design of the moulds etc and there is more choice privately.

    My audiologist checked against different manufacturers to determine the requirements for my aids and for future hearing aids with regards to thinner tubing and the vent size so he made sure it was suitable for me and my needs.
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    Currently wear Oticon Spirit Synergy P bilaterally supplied by the NHS with thermotec custom moulds made privately by Egger. User of Oticon Streamer Pro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by torinielsen View Post
    They are a harder material, so less shrinkage and less slippage. I had terrible slippage issues with my old Silicone ones. And I now have a vent to allow my ears to breathe whereas before had issues with my ears being sore and getting spots. I would ask for new moulds but the NHS don't like doing them often but I found they didn't last long before becoming quite irritable.

    They are a lot lighter as well compared to my silicone ones, and as you can see, almost virtually invisible in the ear. With the tubing thinner as well and positioned lower than they were on the old ones, it has made it quite invisible and not obvious that I have ear moulds.

    I am still getting used to them as quite different but I am so thrilled with them. They cost 300 but so worth it and they are expected to last at least three years. Wish I went private sooner! The NHS even said I couldn't have thinner tubing due to my aids but I can hear just as well with the thinner tubing, I think it depends on the design of the moulds etc and there is more choice privately.

    My audiologist checked against different manufacturers to determine the requirements for my aids and for future hearing aids with regards to thinner tubing and the vent size so he made sure it was suitable for me and my needs.

    That works out at $371.00 for molds. Glad you like them. I've never paid more then $85 for molds.
    They do look invisible which is nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebras View Post
    That works out at $371.00 for molds. Glad you like them. I've never paid more then $85 for molds.
    They do look invisible which is nice.
    Yes, I was dubious on the price intitally as I didn't know what they would turn out to be like for me but it was so worth it. You can get moulds made cheaper elsewhere like Specsavers or Boots here in the UK though.

    The reason I chose my audiologist rather than a chain like Boots or Specsavers was because of the service and care I received so far from them and it just so happened they offered this type of mould and I wanted to move away from the traditional silicone soft mould that I have had for years.

    I went to Boots last year and it was awful so I certainly wasn't going there again! So this time wanting to try again, I decided to go to a private practice rather than a chain. But there are cheaper moulds out there also available, so I think it depends on where you go I guess.
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    Currently wear Oticon Spirit Synergy P bilaterally supplied by the NHS with thermotec custom moulds made privately by Egger. User of Oticon Streamer Pro.

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