The size of the hearing aid is always dependant on the size and shape of the ear and ear canal. The bigger the ear canal the deeper the small hearing aid goes into the ear and in so doing be more inconspicious. The smaller the ear canal the bigger it seems because the space in the ear canal is limited and the aid can not be that small and cannot go in that deep. Thus it seems bigger.
Also the very small hearing aids can only amplify up to a certain level thus if your hearing loss is very severe the small hearing aid will not be strong enough.
The biggest problem you are facing now is that the ear that has the hearing loss has probably undergone a loss of understanding of words. The longer you go without stimulation of the ear the more understanding you lose. You need to wear a hearing aid as soon as possible before your ear cannot understand any sound anymore. You can also experience deterioration in the ear and lose more sound and understanding.
There is no reason for you to feel embarressed about wearing a hearing aid. It is the same as wearing glasses. If the hearing aid helps you improve your quality of life then it is definitely worth it.
If you do not wear the hearing aid the lack of hearing can seem like a cognitive problem as well as a like a lack of interest from yourself and could affect your work efficiency, self image as well as confidence. Don't you think that if wearing a hearing aid could improve all of this that it is worth it?
Please consult your ENT specialist re: the pain in your ear. Please consult your hearing care professional as soon as possible.
Feel free to contact me should you want info on ENT's or Audiologists in your area.
Chantél Booysen - Audiologist
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