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Subject : my experiences with sealant / ear gel|
posted by azureblue on Tue Jan 5, 2010 12:28 pm
|I have dry ear canals, and have been trying different lubricants / concoctions. |
I started with the gel type- OTO-EASE, being one brand. This stuff isn't too bad, and works great. It's a little thin, but it will do a good job of sealing the aid in the ear canal.
I tried another type that is sold as a lube / sealant -- OTOFERM. This stuff is much stiffer- almost a wax, but it's main purpose seems to be to seal the aid in the canal - stopping feedback due to a loose fitting aid. It's drawback is that it makes the aid a bit hard to remove, because of the sealant "setting up". But I think it is the best sealant. If you are having feedback problems due to fit, this stuff should take care of that.
I tried a generic brand triple antibiotic ointment (not a cream- the cream is too thin) and this seems to be the best of the lot. It seals, it is the right consistency, about halfway between OTO-EASE and OTOFERM, and it helps to prevent ear infections, too. It works best for me, YMMV, and it is cheap and available.
The only caveat with any of this is to keep it away from the tip of the aid. Also, the aids should be thoroughly cleaned when you take them out- wipe them clean and check the tip and the hole for the "speaker" to make sure none of the lube has worked its way in there..
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