pediatric audiology – what to expect
What will happen the day of the consult and ear impressions?
At this appointment, the audiologist will meet with you to review the test results and discuss what types of devices would be best suited for your baby. Impressions will be taken of the baby’s ears. A soft foam ball will be placed in the ear canal. Then a soft pliable material will be squirted into the ear canal. The impression will cure for approximately 5 minutes. It will be removed and sent to an earmold lab. The lab will make “earmolds” from these impressions. The turnaround time is 2 to 3 weeks.
We will ask you to pick colors for the hearing devices, which you will have for about 5 years. There are a few options to choose from, for example, red, pink, blue, purple, browns, black and taupes. On the advice of experienced parents, we recommend a color that will stand out to make them easier to find. The earmold color can be changed more often. For small infants, the audiologist may recommend an earmold material that does not have color until the baby’s ears are larger.