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post #256 of 288

So I went to the audiologist today but she said she couldn't do it because i had wax and she said it had to be professionaly  removed and she said the removal of wax would cost $75. Her cost to do impressions also cost $75. So that's $150 in total. Is wax removal a normal thing to be charged on? 

post #257 of 288

I just make an appointment up the local doctors to have mine cleaned out by the nurse, cost = £0.00!  $75 seems excessive.

post #258 of 288
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Originally Posted by davidcotton View Post

I just make an appointment up the local doctors to have mine cleaned out by the nurse, cost = £0.00!  $75 seems excessive.

Is it the same process for getting ear impressions done? Are all types of wax removals the same? 

post #259 of 288
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Is it the same process for getting ear impressions done? Are all types of wax removals the same? 


Nope totally different.  Don't know about wax removals being different.  Basically when I need mine done (which seems to be every six months or so or after a heavy cold)I get a bottle of cerumoil and put drops in soften it up.  This lasts for about a week (or up to the appointment)then the nurse gently uses a device that squirts warm water into the ear.  With the wax being nice and loose from the oil the idea is it just slides out (usually missing the collecting jug at my ear and ending up down my arm and leg!).  You should be familiar enough with ear impressions, if not do a search on youtube and watch those.

 

Cheers

post #260 of 288
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Nope totally different.  Don't know about wax removals being different.  Basically when I need mine done (which seems to be every six months or so or after a heavy cold)I get a bottle of cerumoil and put drops in soften it up.  This lasts for about a week (or up to the appointment)then the nurse gently uses a device that squirts warm water into the ear.  With the wax being nice and loose from the oil the idea is it just slides out (usually missing the collecting jug at my ear and ending up down my arm and leg!).  You should be familiar enough with ear impressions, if not do a search on youtube and watch those.

 

Cheers

The audiologist didn't tell me this. She said it had to be professionaly done by another person in her office and that I need to book an appointment with her and pay $75. Is this the process you did to get your ear impressions done? My girlfriend did the same exact thing as what you described but for something totally un related to ear impressions (she was sick and had too much wax which had to be removed).

post #261 of 288

Like I said upstream, the ear cleaning was done at my local doctors surgery.  It's a good idea to get them done before the impression taking as too much wax can foul them.  Sympathize with your girlfriends situation, every time I get a heavy cold (every other week these days it seems!) my ears block up something rotten, not fun.  Give your local doctor a ring and see what they say, may work differently in the us to the uk.  $75 just seems a rip off.

 

Cheers

post #262 of 288
Hey Folks....Chiming in here with some input. Just a reminder, I am Melissa Heche - a Doctor of Audiology and Musician's Specialist in NYC. I have been working with musician's products for ten years and I am both an Audiologist and a working musician. Before taking ear mold impressions, the canals should be clear. if there is any cerumen (earwax) then it needs to be removed. You want to make certain that you are going to someone who is skilled in doing this procedure. When I removed earwax in my office, it is covered under health insurance and it is billed accordingly. If, for some reason, the person in my chair is not carrying health insurance then the patient gets billed directly. But otherwise it is not an added cost at all. Hope this helps....yes do search for Golden Circle Audiologists (I am one myself) and make certain to be going to an Audiologist who particularly specializes in musician's products. ny questions, feel free to ask me! Check out www.ny-sh.com or www.doctorheche.com. Happy Hearing!!! :-)
post #263 of 288

Do any of you have any audiologist recommendations for around the Bay Area. CA? I did my last one at http://hallhearingaidcenter.com/ . It didn't turn out so well. 

post #264 of 288
Guys I'm having impressions done by http://melbourneaudiologycentre.com.au in a month or so, they charge $44 for both ears & have experience doing impressions for all the major custom IEM manufacturers (via ACustoms in Melbourne). They have offices in various suburbs, so if you're in Melbourne/surrounds & need some impressions for custom IEM's, give these guys a call. I'll post an update re: the experience & how good the impressions are/etc once I've had them done.
post #265 of 288
Righto folks, as promised my 'review' of my experience today having impressions done by Melbourne Audiology Centre. My appointment was at their Fitzroy offices (cnr Victoria Pde & Gore St). The audiologist who did them was Angela Luna, she had done impressions for someone else a few days prior so knew exactly what I wanted/the 1964Ears audiologist instructions were no drama whatsoever.

She explained the process to me (which I already had a good handle on having read other people's experiences on here & watched some videos), checked my ears with an auriscope, then popped a cotton dam into each ear in turn using an oto-probe (a plastic instrument with a q-tip & a mini torch attached to the end so they can see what they're doing inside your ear canal) pushing the dams in as far as possible without causing major discomfort. With my left ear, she had to try a couple of different sized dams as it seems it's a bit narrower than the right. No major discomfort having this done, a bit more pressure than pushing my B2's in as far as they can go with Complys.

She then gave me a foam bite block to put between my teeth, and put the silicone into a syringe with an attachment which enables it to be injected as deeply as possible into your ear canal, then squirted as much as my ear canals would take inside each, and as my ear canals filled squirted a bunch of the silicone on the outside of my ear to keep the 'continuity' between the silicone inside my ears and outside to ensure the impressions were in one piece & pressed it firmly against to ensure the outside of my ear was accurately molded.

Waited maybe 5 minutes for the silicone to set (mercifully I didn't drool uncontrollably), then she took each impression out in turn. We both checked them to ensure they were up to 1964Ears specs (past the 2nd bend, etc) which they were, she put them in a small box for me & that was it.

$44 for both ears which was more than fair, and Angela was most capable/wonderful to deal with. I linked their website in my PP above, and I absolutely recommend these guys if you're in Melbourne/Victoria & need impressions done (They have offices in various suburbs if Fitzroy doesn't suit), tho I guess the final 'proof in the pudding', so to speak, will be when I get my customs & check them for fit.

So that's about it. That was my experience having impressions done for my customs, which I'll be posting to 1964 on Friday ;-) Here's a link to a pic of the impressions so anyone having them done knows what end result you need to aim for: https://twitpic.com/clrub8

Edited - For clarity re: injecting the silicone into the ears & link to pic.

Edit 14/06/13 - Had my V3's for a week and a bit now, they fit like a glove. Obviously 'the' two factors that determine fit are the accuracy of the impressions & manufacture. The impressions I had done above were clearly very well done as evidenced by the fit of my monitors. Can't recommend Melbourne Audiology enough .

No, I don't/nobody I know work(s) for them nor am I associated with them by way of discounts or whatever. Just a very happy customer who knows they'll do impressions exactly as asked, as opposed to audiologists who only do impressions for hearing aids & who think 'That's the way impressions are done. Period'. Believe me, I encountered this attitude when I was making initial inquiries about having impressions done. Choose an audiologist who's done them before preferably, or at the very least is open-minded enough to do them exactly to your manufacturer's instructions.
Edited by MistahBungle - 6/14/13 at 4:12am
post #266 of 288

Ear wax is problematic when creating ear mold impressions because it prevents the ear mold impression from being done correctly and risks being impacted against the ear drum as the impression material is inserted into the ear canal. Therefore, it must be removed from the ear canal before starting. Removal of ear wax is easily done at your local ear nose and throat doctor and should preferrably be done by an Ear Nose and Throat specialist. Removal of ear wax is covered by your health insurance and therefore can result in as little as your a copay. We perform in ear monitors in our office and make impressions for them. If you have any questions regarding ear wax removal or how it's done, please contact our office in Midtown Manhattan, (212) 585-3242 or logon to our website for more info www.myfacesurgeon.com

post #267 of 288

Removing wax is done by various methods. If you care to try removing your wax at home, go to the pharmacy and pick up ear removal drops like Debrox, cerumoil or mineral oil and use the drops for several days to a week. This commonly will clear the ear wax but occasionally melt the wax and create slitghtly more blockage (don't worry - completely reversible). One method includes the doctor will employ in your local Ear Nose Throat office, is to carefully pick the hardened wax away with a small micro spatula also called an ear ear loop and carefully tease the ball of wax away. Lack of experience or knowledge may set you back one bloody ear canal that can then no longer be able to get an impression that day.. An ear wash or irrigation is another method where the doctor or nurse will use an irrigator or a syringe to gently wash away the wax out of your ear. This is especially helpful when the wax is softer. A suction machine may be employed by the ENT specialist to remove softer wax using a small ear vaccum. All these methods or just one may be employed by the same practitioner to remove the wax from your ear.  

post #268 of 288
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Removal of ear wax is easily done at your local ear nose and throat doctor and should preferrably be done by an Ear Nose and Throat specialist. 

 

Just to give my two cents, this isn't necessary. A licensed family doctor is all that is required to remove ear wax. No need to go to a "specialist". It's just wax. Of course, if it is completely covered, then it doesn't hurt. But in other countries, a family doctor is all that is really required.

 

Source: Canadian medicine/practice 

post #269 of 288
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Originally Posted by serious7 View Post

 

Just to give my two cents, this isn't necessary. A licensed family doctor is all that is required to remove ear wax. No need to go to a "specialist". It's just wax. Of course, if it is completely covered, then it doesn't hurt. But in other countries, a family doctor is all that is really required.

 

Source: Canadian medicine/practice 


I depends on how bad it is.  I've had it before where they really had to dig to get that ball out of there.  Pretty painful too.  Of course I was to the point where I had it done because the ear had completely blocked. 

post #270 of 288

Does anyone have any experience with Kaplan Hearing Center in the Baltimore area?

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