Itchy Ears Causes and Treatment

Last update on May, 17, 2018

Are your hearing aids making your ears itch? If so, there’s no need to worry; itchy ears are a fairly common issue, particularly among first-time hearing aid wearers. The skin of the ear canal is very delicate and can be extremely sensitive even to mild irritations, which can make it difficult to get used to the feeling of your hearing aid.

If you suspect your hearing aid is causing the discomfort and are wondering how to help itchy ears, there are some steps you can take to alleviate the problem.

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Rule out any other cause of itchy ears

As you consider how to stop the ear from being itchy, keep in mind that the first step is identifying the cause. Hearing aids are a common cause of itchy ears, but it’s always best to make sure that something else isn’t causing the problem. Skin problems, such as eczema or ears that are naturally too dry, can also provoke itching, which is then aggravated, but not caused by your hearing aid. Here are some other common itchy ear causes to consider:

These often have multiple symptoms like pain and discharge, with itching as a common early sign.

For some people, certain foods can trigger reactions such as itchy ears. If you have symptoms of a new allergy, speak with a medical professional to learn about the cause and itchy ear canal treatment.

If you’ve asked yourself “Why are my inner ears always itchy?,” wax could be the answer. Buildup can be caused by using cotton swabs in the ear, pushing wax deeper in the canal rather than pulling it out.

For people with sensitivity to environmental elements like pollen, certain times of year can trigger a response from the immune system, sometimes causing itchy ears as a side effect.

This condition is often caused by bacterial growth due to water trapped in the ear. It can also occur from abrasive objects like cotton swabs irritating the skin. Itching can occur early on and become worse as time goes on, if left untreated.
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Check your hearing aid fit

If, however, your hearing aid is the cause of itchy ears, chances are it’s because the fit of the hearing aid isn’t quite right. A poor fit can sometimes leave gaps between the surface of the hearing aid and your skin where moisture can collect, thus leading to damp, itchy ears. Furthermore, your body can sometimes interpret a poorly fitted hearing aid as an invasive object, and may try to reject it through an itchy, inflammatory reaction. To correct the fit of your hearing aid and stop ear itching, visit your hearing professional. They’ll also be able to talk with you more about treatment for itching ears.

Don’t be too clean

You may be surprised to learn that there is such a thing as being “too clean” when it comes to your ears. Excessive cleaning can strip your ear canal of its natural oils, which keep it healthy and protect it against irritants (like your hearing aid). If you are in the habit of cleaning your ears every day, try holding off for several days to give your ears time to recover. You can also try putting a drop or two of olive oil in your ears every other day to keep the skin supple as another itchy ears treatment. Learn more about how to properly care for your ears here.


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