Bacteriology of and Cleaning Methods for Stock Earmolds Stock earmolds used in hearing-aid evaluations were examined for the presence of certain pathogenic microorganisms. Bacterial samples were taken from four earmolds at ejach of nine different facilities. These earmolds were found to have little or no bacterial contamination, which probably indicates the success of the cleaning methods. Informatipn was ... Research Article
Research Article  |   September 01, 1973
Bacteriology of and Cleaning Methods for Stock Earmolds
 
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  • James E. Lankford
    Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
  • Charles R. Behnke
    Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
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Research Article   |   September 01, 1973
Bacteriology of and Cleaning Methods for Stock Earmolds
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1973, Vol. 16, 325-329. doi:10.1044/jshr.1603.325
History: Received May 16, 1972 , Accepted January 15, 1973
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1973, Vol. 16, 325-329. doi:10.1044/jshr.1603.325
History: Received May 16, 1972; Accepted January 15, 1973

Stock earmolds used in hearing-aid evaluations were examined for the presence of certain pathogenic microorganisms. Bacterial samples were taken from four earmolds at ejach of nine different facilities. These earmolds were found to have little or no bacterial contamination, which probably indicates the success of the cleaning methods. Informatipn was also obtained about the method for cleaning earmolds at each facility. Five different cleaning methods were observed and of these, only one seems inappropriate for all types of earmolds. A guide for earmold cleaning is proposed.

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