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10/26/2018  |   9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   |  Kramer Lecture Theater 1

Operating a Field Based Earmold Lab

A critical component of successful and sustainable community-based ear and hearing care services in low - and middle - income countries, is prompt provision of earmolds for dispensed hearing aids. Although, earmold laboratories can ensure success, the time to train and resources required for production can be prohibitive. However, when costs are kept low, the earmold lab can become a serendipitous cottage industry opportunity in a region that will benefit from a fiscal boost. This workshop will provide information about materials required as well as the protocol for production. The model created by the Ears, Inc. (a charitable organization), has been used effectively in many parts of the world, and enhanced local economy with much needed cottage industry skills. The workshop will provide instruction for production materials, and suggest the infra-structure for establishing the earmold lab, as well as recommend training procedures for the local program partners.

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David Pither (Primary Presenter), Ears Inc, david@earsinc.org;
I have been custom making earmolds since 1976, repairing hearing aids, some manufacture of custom hearing aids and primarily audiometry and dispensing of hearing aids. Since 1989 undertaking trips to developing countries establishing earmold labs and clinics. In 1997 founding Ears Inc, a registered charity which is “dedicated to reducing the incidence and impact of hearing impairment through training and equipping local individuals and agencies in developing countries”.

      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exists.

Nonfinancial - Has a Professional (President) relationship for Volunteer teaching and speaking,Board membership.   Has a Professional (Chairman) relationship for Board membership.   Has a Professional (Managing Director) relationship for Board membership.  


      AAA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - Receives support from Ears Inc.