Ed Lybarger’s family has been in the hearing aid industry since 1924. His grandfather, Edward A. Myers, developed one of the first electronic hearing aids (it weighed 185 pounds and rolled around on wheels). His father, Samuel F. Lybarger, was granted 22 patents during his 45-year career as a hearing aid engineer and industry executive. Ed has worked in manufacturing and wholesale distribution, and operated a multi-office dispensing practice in the Pittsburgh area for more than 20 years, from which he is retired.
From 1973 through 2009, he served as a consultant to a major earmold laboratory. He was the editor of that company’s Custom Earmold Manual, and has conducted numerous university-level seminars dealing with ear impression techniques and earmold style and material selection criteria. In the 2010s Ed helped develop a new broad-based apprentice training course for a major national retailer of hearing aids. As part of that effort, he was active in the development of a rigid ear impressioning protocol and certification process.
He chaired the Task Force for developing the new Distance Learning for Professionals in Hearing Instrument Sciences course for the International Hearing Society, which was introduced in 2016. Additionally, he serves on the International Institute for Hearing Instrument Studies – the Society’s educational committee – and on the Board of Directors of the Hearing Aid Foundation.