Hello! This is my first post here, although I’ve been a lurker off-and-on for a while now, so I apologize if I accidentally break any forum rules or anything.
I have recently been fitted with my first pair of hearing aids (Resound Enya RIC), and I’ve been having many issues with the fit of my hearing aids. My doctors and my audiologist always remark about how my ears are REALLY tiny - as small as an infant’s ears. (I’m 20 years old and female; I don’t know if that affects the size of my ears at all.) When I first got my hearing aids, I was fitted with small power domes and size 1 receivers. However, that didn’t work out very well, because the domes are physically too large for my ear canals. The receivers do not enter my ear canals at all and they project into my outer ear, and the domes sit right at the entrance of my ear canals, rather than sitting inside of my canals. The domes cannot even begin to enter my ears because my ear canals are so tiny. This causes the domes to fall out of my ears many times a day, and I have to constantly mess with my ears and re-adjust the domes so that they don’t work their way out of my ears or plug-up my ears and cut-off the sound completely. In addition, the receivers were too long, so about a week and a half ago, my audiologist swapped the size 1 receivers for size 0 receivers, to see if that would help with my fitting issues. Long story short, the size 0 receivers didn’t solve any of my problems, because the size 0 receivers are STILL too long for my ears! So, instead of the wires sitting flush against the sides of my head, they bulge out of the side of my head in a semi-circle. I can stick my finger in the gap between the side of my head and the wires of my hearing aids.
Since I’m currently wearing the smallest receivers and domes that I possibly can for my specific hearing loss, my audiologist made impressions of my ears for custom canal lock earmolds. However, when the impressions were taken out of my ears, I noticed that my ear canals appear to be much smaller and narrower than the diameter of the receivers on my hearing aids. I think that the earmolds are supposed to have the RIC receivers inside of them (please correct me if I’m wrong!), but I’m not sure how that’s supposed to work, because my ear canals are really, really tiny. I’m concerned that the earmolds won’t work for me either, due to my ears being so tiny. However, I know that babies can wear hearing aids, so I guess there must be a solution out there somewhere…
Does anyone have any experience with fitting hearing aids on someone who has super tiny ears? If the RIC style of hearing aids won’t work, is there a different style that I could try instead? Thanks!