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Hearing & Balance Doctors is currently open. We are taking special measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including offering a curbside service for hearing aids. Please call 435-688-8991 for more information. Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031

Why Do My Hearing Aids Make My Ears Itch?

hearing aids making ears itch

When wearing a new set of hearing aids, you might notice your ears feel a bit itchy. There’s no reason to worry if this happens — it’s pretty common as your ears get used to the hearing aids being in place. This sensation in your ear might be annoying, but more often than not it’s only a temporary feeling while your brain and body get acclimated to the new devices. However, if you are experiencing itchiness, it’s important to narrow down if it’s caused by something more than your body getting used to it.

Here are some reasons why your hearing aids might be causing your ears to itch.

Improperly Fitted

If the earmold of your hearing aid is made too large, it will be tight in your ear canal. This prevents your ear canal from breathing properly which can lead to a buildup of moisture. With too much moisture in your ear, you’re more susceptible to ear infections and itchiness.

Sometimes the problem is as simple as the hearing aids not being inserted into the ears correctly. Double-check that you’re putting them in your ears correctly — and putting the correct device on each ear! If the hearing aids still don’t feel like they’re fitting correctly, have your audiologist determine if any adjustments need to be made that can help reduce the itching sensation within your ear canal.

Skin Conditions

Because the hearing aids sit in your ear canal all day, they can cause skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema to get worse. If this happens to you, contact your doctor to determine the best form of treatment while wearing your hearing devices.

Excessive Moisture

Some people are more prone to ear wax or moisture within their ear canal. When this happens, the individual will experience itching and irritation in their ear. To combat this issue, most patients can undergo regular ear cleanings with their audiologist. Doing so will remove any excess moisture in the ear canal that leads to itching and bacteria growth.

Bacteria

Through everyday use, your hearing aids are sure to pick up bacteria. When you take your hearing aids out every night, you should be setting them in a hearing aid dryer that has a UV light to kill off the bacteria buildup. Keeping your hearing aids bacteria-free will reduce your chance of irritation within the ear and prolong the lifespan of your device.

Dry Skin

While moisture can make your ears feel itchy, so can dry skin! If your ear canals seem dry, you might need to use a lubricant to help minimize the itching when wearing hearing aids. However, you should avoid lubricating your ears while you have the hearing aids in to prevent damage. Try lubricating your ears with baby oil or olive oil once you’ve taken out your hearing aids for the night.

Allergic Reaction

Although uncommon, you may be experiencing an allergic reaction to the material of your custom earmold. If the itching is persistent, you might need to opt for a new earpiece that is made from a hypoallergenic material.

Contact Our Team for Hearing Aid Recommendations

As licensed hearing healthcare professionals, Hearing & Balance Doctors can help you determine why your hearing aids are causing your ears to fix and provide a way to minimize the sensation. Whether you need a hypoallergenic hearing aid or need your existing devices adjusted, our team can help ensure your hearing aids are comfortable. Contact our team to schedule an appointment today.

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