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Custom iPod Earbuds
Ed Kohler
Julio Ojeda-Zapata of Your Tech Weblog recently wrote about custom earbuds (called iBuds) available from Starkey in Minnesota and Westone Laboratories in Colorado:


I've heard from quite a few people that the default iPod earbuds don't fit their ears. I'm sure Apple does what they can do design the most universal earbud they can, including a recent redesign to do just that, but clearly they won't be able to satisfy everyone.

Have you tried these? Let's hear about them.

I'd also love to hear from someone who managed to surprise their loved one with a set of these. How did you manage to covertly capture custom molds?


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1. Posted by: Wayne on February 20, 2009 9:11 PM:

I bought a pair of custom fit ear buds from Earsound and I couldn't be happier. I'm not sure if I have small ear canals or what but the regular iPod ear buds annoyed me.

You asked about the custom mold process. My experience couldn't have been easier. I don't know about the companies listed above but Earsound emailed me a hearing aid person to visit shortly after I ordered. I called the hearing aid place, made an appointment and then the molding process took less then 10 minutes. Best part was that the price on Earsound included the cost of the molds. I asked the hearing aid guy how much he charges to make molds and although he wouldn't give me an exact figure he said around $100.

Hope this helps.

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