Ear Impressions

Using medically graded silicone to make a perfect custom fit ear plugs.

What are ear impressions?

Ear impressions are essentially model imprints of your ear. These are required to customise all custom ear plugs and Custom In Ears Monitors to specific dimensions of your ears.

How are ear impressions taken?

Soft medically graded silicone is slowly injected into the outer ear and left to cure for a few minutes. Once the impression material has cured, it is delicately taken out to reveal the shape of the ear. This process takes approximately 10 minutes.


Why are they needed?

Ears are as unique as fingerprints, no two ears are the same! It’s this unique feature that sets our products apart from the rest and is why we feel all in-ear products are best custom made. Ear impressions are the blueprint used by custom ear plugs manufacturers and are essentially what enable them to make their products a perfect fit to your ears and the ultimate in sound isolation.To get the best performance and sound from your new custom hearing protections and in-ear monitors, it is essential that we get a high quality impression of your ears. This requires a high quality silicone impression of your ears taken past the second bend.

Can earLAB take an impressions even if I buy my custom ear plugs or CIEMs from another manufacturer?

Yes we can, just book an ear impressions taking appointment on our website. We charge $70 for this service.We will examine your ears to ensure they are healthy and clean before taking the impressions.

If there is impacted ear wax, we’ll need to remove it before proceeding. (Please note there’s an additional charge if microsuction is required.)

At earLAB we ensure the impressions are:

  • Full anatomy of the ear
  • Past the second bend of the ear canal
  • Free of voids
  • Made with an open jaw using a 1” bite block - some manufactures required this process (you will need to advice us at the appointment)


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