Hearing Aids

Itching ears can drive hearing aid wearers crazy! Most likely caused by a form of dermatitis that develops from bacteria or allergens deposited on the aid, dealing with the itch by using a Q-Tip to scratch it can make the situation worse.

The best way to avoid itching ears is to address the cause of the itching:
· Clean your hearing aids thoroughly every day. There are many FDA approved antimicrobial cleaning wipes available that have designed for this purpose.
· Make sure your ear canals are completely dry before inserting your hearing instrument. Don’t insert them immediately after showering or swimming. Dry your ears thoroughly
· Practice good hand hygiene. Use an antibacterial hand cleaner every time you handle your hearing instruments.

If you DO develop “itchy ears,” don’t use a Q-Tip to relieve the itch. Too much scratching can only irritate the ear canal and make the itching worse. A few drops of olive oil every day or two may help keep the ear from getting too dry and also protect it from water. You should also ask your hearing professional to check to see if your ear molds fit properly. With minor adjustments, your hearing aids could fit better and your symptoms could disappear.

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