I just went for my ACS custom molding for my Etymotic Mc5s. The fitting was actually very easy. You do nothing but sit there. That is not why I am posting here.
I am in fact posting to rave about the audiologistic that did my fittings. If you are in the NY area, you must use:
Audio Help Hearing Centers
Craig A. Kasper
He works primilarily on Wednesday's even though his receptionists will also let you know his assistants can do the mold on other days. Since the mold is everything, I recommend using him and not his assistant.
Here are a couple of quick reasons for using him, that I got from the conversation I had with him:
- He works directly with Etymotic and is responsible for bringing the ACS custom molds to the states
- He works with other Audiologistics with the Etymotic program to educate them on the molding process and how critical it is to the whole proccess and how to do them correctly
- He works primarily with Musicians and has been doing custom molds for 12+ years
- He was familar with the exact mold I was looking to do. He said he would handle this for me, in case their was any confusion on the ACS end
- Full molds (I forgot what he called it, I think the "Pinna Mold")
- Over the ear design
Now here is something I learned during our conversation that I did not know before. The reason that Etymotic chose ACS for the custom mold program is because etymotic, through their testing, identified that ACS had the most realistic sound out of the other companies who they tested.
Seeing how Etymotic is very specific about their sound. This made a lot of sense. Up to that point I was debating on whether or not I should have some other company do this other then ACS. Knowing I like the Etymotic sound and the company as well, I knew I had to go with ACS as it should reproduce the sound Etymotic is looking to replicate. At the time, I wanted to make sure that the Audiologist was not just trying to sell ACS. He really wasn't. He mentioned that if I didn't want to do ACS, he could send the molds to any other company of my chosing.
I will follow up in a couple of weeks and let you guys know how well the molds fit. I can't wait. The Audiologist also mentioned that I can come back in if I like and he will work with me on my first test drive of the products. I doubt I will need the help getting them in my ear, but it is nice to know that he offers this.
At least if I have any problems with the fit I can go directly to the audiologistic and he will review the fit with me for free. That is a nice touch. I will report back.
Edited by Alucard77 - 8/25/10 at 12:26pm