Hearing aids are typically fitted carefully to ensure they are comfortable. This is important, since you will likely be wearing them from the time you wake up until you go to bed for the night. Occasionally, though, a problem arises. The most common is itchy ear syndrome. There are several different causes for the issue, so there is no one-size-fits-all remedy. The good news is that once you determine the cause, a fix is easy. The following guide can help you narrow down the culprit.
A poor fit
Sometimes the hearing aid feels comfortable during the initial fitting and your specialist calls the fit a success, but in fact the fit isn't perfect. When ear molds fit properly, they are able to allow your ear to breathe, which prevents moisture buildup and itchiness.
If your ears feel moist where the molds were sitting when you remove them or if you notice irritation in the mold area, then this is the likely culprit. It's important to have the fit adjusted as soon as possible, since the moisture and irritation can lead to a skin infection.
Ear bud adjustment
Inside your ear are small hairs, which you probably don't notice most of the time. If your hearing aid style has ear buds that are inserted fully into the ear canal, these hairs may be disturbed. The result is an itchy feeling as the hairs that are being touched activate the nerves at their base.
This is the simplest problem to fix, since all that is required is patience. Within a few days the nerves will adjust to the presence of the ear buds and won't send the itchy signal to your brain anymore. Just try not to scratch your ears in the interim.
Itchiness that develops after you have been wearing the hearing aids for more than a few days can usually be contributed to bacterial growth. The issue is that the moisture, sweat, and dirt that builds up on the hearing aid becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, which then attack your ear when the hearing aid is in place.
You will need to make sure that you wipe down the hearing aid and ear mold each evening when you take them out. Only use cleaners approved by your hearing specialist. There are also UV dryers made especially for hearing aids. These kill the bacterial growth with UV light, thus cleaning and preventing itchiness with one product.
For more help, talk to a hearing aid specialist in your area, such as Mark Montgomery MD FACS.Share