Now nine years after starting this thread, something truly amazing has happened: I'm successfully wearing custom earplugs! I attended a Native Instruments workshop back in February, and ACS Custom had a booth there. ACS now has offices in Hollywood, San Francisco and New York. At the workshop, I spoke with Adam Rhodes, Director, at length about my difficulties with getting custom earplugs fitted properly.
He was confident that ACS Custom earplugs would work for me, and explained that they are made from a softer silicone that expands in the ear canal when warmed up, and they also have smaller filters, so the earplug seats deeper into the ear. He fitted me on the spot for them, and I received a good professional discount for attending the workshop. He even said they would keep working with me to make sure they were fitted properly, so what did I have to lose except my hearing?
Unlike any other custom earplugs I've had fitted in the past, they came in the mail, saving a trip back to the audiologist. The right earplug sealed really well, but not the left one, so I was halfway there.
Two more visits back to their office and four impressions later, I received a slightly longer version of the left earplug that goes a bit into the second ear canal. It seems that my left ear canal makes an odd twist and the eardrum isn't straight ahead, but off at an angle.
And I'm really happy to say that they work! I'm using the Pro 26 filter with them and have gone through a big three day music festival using them. Sound levels measured 103dbA to 105dbA on the various stages, and I didn't have any ringing in the ears afterwards!
Best of all, my impressions will be on file for four years, so that incredibly difficult to fit left earplug can be remade without another impression fitting, if ever needed. I can't recommend ACS Custom highly enough. Where others stop and give up, ACS Custom is committed to getting it right and stand behind their product. If they can fit me, they can probably fit virtually anyone!
Contact information for ACS Custom is on the first page of this thread under "3. Local (West Coast) Resources: Audiologists/Custom Earplug Vendors."
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