As they say: first impressions count. And while the odds are that whoever first uttered those words of wisdom didn’t do so in the wake of a bad earmold casting, nevertheless it isn’t irrelevant. After all, making that first impression count is in large part only as good as its material. So let’s take a look at what’s out there.

ADCO Hearing Products Inc

ADCO Hearing Products Inc, Englewood, Colo, offers ADCOMold, a simple-to-use impression material that is comfortable for the user and durable, and reportedly contains better attenuation than silicone materials. In-the-ear curing takes minutes and finishing the mold only about 5 minutes more. ADCOMold is available in hard or soft, and starter kits are available for everything you need to make earmolds on the spot

(800) 726-0851
www.adcopro.net


All-American Mold Labs

All American Mold Laboratories Inc, Oklahoma City, offers a variety of impression materials and accessories, including Gold Velvet II, a two-part silicone material with a 30 Shore A and available in 40- and 80-unit sizes; Otoform AK, a two-part green kneadable impression material with a 35 Shore A; and its XL series of 40 Shore A impression materials and accelerators. Accessories include Accu syringes, Oto Vent ear dam systems, and handheld injection systems

(800) 654-3245
www.allamericanmold.com


Earmold Design Inc

Earmold Design, Minneapolis, features its Rebound impression material. Offering a Shore A of 20, super elongation, and exceptional release properties, Rebound has a lower viscosity for pressure-less application and less distortion in the ear canal. It is available in tubs or in individual packages. The company also offers Matrics, a two-part polyvinylsiloxane with a Shore A of 28. It features thixotropic and hydrophobic characteristics that prevent slumping and voids while providing a smooth flow of material. Matrics impressions cure at room temperature within minutes. They are accurate and durable with no problems related to shrinkage, heat, packaging, or shipping. EDI also offers a variety of oto-blocks (cotton/foam), earlights, otoscopes, syringes, mixing cups, and spatulas

(800) 334-6466
www.edimn.com


Egger Corp

Egger, Duluth, Ga, offers an extensive selection of impression materials and accessories. Its Egger-A, A/I, and A/II products are condensation-vulcanizing impression materials available in jars, cartridges, and bulk quantity. Impression materials have a very soft consistency, extremely smooth for precise and detailed impressions. The final degree of hardness ranges from 21 to 40 Shore A. Accessories include a line of Riester and Heine otoscopes, ear lights, vented impression pads, and injection systems

(800) 327-0573
www.eggerlabs.com


Hal-Hen Company Inc

Hal-Hen, Garden City Park, NY, provides one-stop shopping for impression materials and supplies. The company offers products that range from the Per-Form H/H two-part silicone system to traditional powder and liquid materials. Also available are measuring and delivery syringes, ear dams, earlight configurations, and trimming tools

(800) 242-5436
www.halhen.com


Hocks Corp

Hocks Corp, Portland, Ore, maintains a complete line of impression materials and supplies. Hocks supplies everything you need to take the “perfect impression.” The company’s Silicone 50 x 50 makes approximately 60 to 80 impressions and has an extrasoft consistency impression material. Hocks also offers XL 100 Impression system and Pro-Form (Audalin Methacrylate). In addition, the company carries Insta-Float earplug material good for up to 50 impressions and foam dams in sizes small through extra-large. And with the company’s otoscopes and earlights, syringes, and Sani-cloth, impression needs can all be found in one place

(800) 654-6257
www.hocksproducts.com


Insta-Mold

Insta-Mold Products Inc, Oaks, Pa, offers the Dura-A-Sil Equal silicone impression material. With a Shore A of 20, it is reportedly the softest silicone rubber in the hearing health care field, and allows for easier removal from the bony portion of the ear canal, with much less red ear. This vinyl silicone is nonsticky and easy to use, and cures dry without oils leaking out, which allows for easy marking of the impression as well as easier use by the earmold lab or hearing aid manufacturer. Available in 20-ounce economy kits and premeasured mini-packs, Dur-A-Sil Equal offers good stretchability, no shrinkage, and good memory

(800) 523-4081
www.instamold.com


Magnatone

Magnatone, Casselberry, Fla, offers several styles of impression materials and syringes for hearing care professionals. Two types of silicone impression materials are available, designed especially for CIC impressions: CopyCast, designed for use with cartridge impression guns, and SunCast, designed for use with silicone syringes. CopyCast flows freely with minimum pressure and cures quickly in the ear, leaving no oil or residue. SunCast comes with two dosing spoons for use with a syringe. It leaves no messy residue and does not shrink or irritate the skin. The company also offers powder and liquid impression materials, oto-blocks, and alcohol wipes

(800) 327-5159
www.magnatone.com


Microsonic

Mega-Sil is Ambridge, Pa-based Microsonic’s premium two-part, all-purpose vinyl polysiloxane impression material. The accurate, dimensionally stable Mega-Sil comes in bulk kits to make 40, 55, or 110 impressions, and in individual Solos—prepackaged single units with exactly the right proportions. Silasoft is the company’s popular imported vinyl polysiloxane impression material. Packed in 40-unit bulk kits or individual Solos, Silasoft is often the choice for deep-canal impressions. Microsonic’s Micro-Sil is a hand-mixed silicone impression material that is delivered to the ear through a plastic or stainless steel syringe. Its catalyst is mixed with the base material for 20 to 30 seconds until an even, consistent color is achieved. The Microsonic Universal Syringe’s vented double O-ring construction allows smooth operation and exact impressioning. This syringe is self-cleaning after setup, and is available in standard or CIC tip sizes

(800) 523-7672
www.earmolds.com


Mid-States Laboratories Inc

Mid-States Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, offers a wide variety of impression materials, featuring the Yellow Stuff II silicone injection material. This product does not sag or droop. In addition, the company offers the original, less oily Yellow Stuff, and the one-to-one Accuform tub material, made of a higher viscosity material for nongun dispensers. The green and white materials provide a denser, firmer impression for extra distention of the canal. These materials are also available in the heavy duty injection style, an addition that requires a heavier duty gun

(800) 247-3669
www.mid-stateslabs.com


Oaktree Products Inc

Oaktree Products, St Louis, offers a wide range of impression materials including Audiologist’s Choice, which has been designed for the clinician as well as the laboratory technician. For the clinician, it has good flow characteristics and is easy to work with. It features a firmer formula, which is preferred for patients with softer tissue, and is also quite durable. It cures in 5 to 7 minutes, and is known for its wax adhesion and grindability

(800) 347-1960
www.oaktreeproducts.com


Oticon

Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, offers a syringable A-silicone impression material, A-Zoft, with a shore value of 22 after 15 minutes, and 30 after 25 hours. Compared to C-silicones, A-silicone allows more time for preparation (3 minutes versus 1 minute), while the total curing time is shorter (4.5 minutes versus 7 minutes). Total shrinkage of A-silicone is .15% versus .40% for C-silicone and 4.0% for acrylics. A-Zoft comes in a box with 40 sets for 40 impressions, or 2X800 gram jars for 160 impressions

(800) 526-3921
www.oticonus.com


Precision Laboratories

Precision Laboratories, Altamonte Springs, Fla, offers Flextime Ear Impression Cartridges in cartons of eight. Flextime is a two-part, low-viscosity silicone injection system with a Shore value of 35. Each cartridge includes three mixing tips, and single cartridges are available as well as mixing tools, syringes, oto-blocks, cartridge gun, mixing tips, and nearly 500 additional supply items. The company also offers all-make repair/recase services

(800) 327-4792
www.precisionweb.com


Siemens Hearing Instruments

Siemens, Piscataway, NJ, offers the Silhouette Plus impression system, which streamlines the impression-making process. It features an easy-to-use dispensing gun that requires less pressure to squeeze the handle, and is made of polyvinylsiloxane material with dual characteristics—viscosity and thixotropy. Viscosity makes the process smoother, while thixotropy prevents the material from slumping away from the ear. Startup kits for the Silhouette Plus system include an easy-to-use dispensing gun, four cartridges of polyvinylsiloxane material, and 18 standard mix tips. Refill kits are available that include eight cartridges and 36 mix tips

(800) 766-4500
www.siemens-hearing.com


Starkey

Starkey Laboratories, Eden Prairie, Minn, has developed Preciseā„¢, a silicone-based impression material created especially for deep canal fittings. Precise was designed for maximum ease of use with as little waste as possible. The vulcanized material is stable and light, and does not shrink, maintaining the exact dimensions and detail of the patient’s ear canal. The Precise impression package comes in an easy-to-use container with mixing tools. The silicone and accelerant material are different colors (white and blue), so it is easy to gauge if the material is mixed sufficiently

(800) 328-8602
www.starkey.com


Warner Tech-care Products

Warner Tech-care Products, St Paul, Minn, offers Tickled Pink, a scented, custom-blended silicone impression material. The clean and convenient cartridge material mixes easily through the cannula tip. Nongreasy, Tickled Pink produces a firm impression without distorting the ear canal. Patients can enjoy the fresh and soothing mint scent during the 3- to 5-minute setup. Tickled Pink is a 35 shore material, and is suitable for standard and CIC impression taking. The cartridge will make four or five impressions using the standard style impression gun. Tickled Pink is sold by individual cartridge, allowing the user the choice of mixing tip size. Tickled Pink is just one item in a wide range of impression materials the company supplies. Providing specialists with cartridge and with hand mix materials ensures that a provider’s individual preferences will be met. Warner has ear impression material that has been developed and manufactured for Tech-care products. These easy to mix prelubricated, thixotropic materials are available in several shore values, and cures in 4 to 6 minutes

(800) 328-4757
www.warnertechcare.com


Westone

Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, offers a full line of impression materials and supplies, from syringes and ear dams to the materials themselves. The company offers three different vinylpolysiloxane products:

Silicone Singles (Silicast in single form), available in premeasured units; Silicast packaged in bulk containers with two different color scoops; and SiliClone and SiliClone FIRM, both of which are packaged in convenient cartridges for use with manual or electric impression guns. Westone also offers its Blend powder and liquid impression material.

(800) 525-5071
www.westonelabs.com