For anyone who see this thread, here's some tips for anyone considering CIEMs and wondering about ear impressions.
I've been to countless different audiologists all across Vancouver, countless all listed under Westone, JH, and UE websites as "preferred" audiologists, and more.
Pricing seems to be everywhere, from 15/ear to 100/ear. Yes. $100 per ear. The average seems to be around $50 for the pair.
As for competency of the technicians, I've only met one audiologist who knew about custom in ear monitors, knew people who has got impressions from them before for said custom IEMs, and actually knew how to make good impressions for monitors, including how to employ the bite block in order to get different fit results.
Jamie Larsen from Simple Hearing Solutions in Burnaby. This guy knew what he was doing; he has had cIEMs for himself before, meaning he has gone through the experience of getting inadequate ear impressions from incompetent technicians. He knows our frustration, and so he does his best to get the impression right the first time. He knows how to use the bite block for a musician's fit, more nuances related to getting the perfect ear impressions.
I got my ear impressions done from him for my JH16. I received them today, and in no shape or form did I feel nervous about the fit as I was confident in Jamie's skills. Not surprisingly, they fit perfectly, with no wiggle room, no extreme tightness, and seal does not break at all no matter how wide I open my mouth, vertically and horizontally. I'm effing happy right now that I don't need to go through the refit process over and over again, waiting weeks, months to really start enjoying the IEMs.
Everyone, go to this guy for impressions, seriously. I always see people having a hard time with refits, spending $50 every time to gamble on a different audiologist in hopes for them to be more competent than the previous. Being in Canada, it's even more of a hassle. Stop this nonsense and just go to Simple Hearing Solutions in Burnaby.