Hearing Aids Itching Your Ears?

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There is a good chance that you know of the numerous benefits associated with the use of a hearing aid. Improved relationships, career satisfaction, and a happy spouse might come to mind. As with most anything, these devices are not perfect. Typical issues often include poor fit, bad programming, and excessive noise which are all easily fixed. Maybe your ears are itching? If so, read on for some relief!

An Annoying Problem

Itchy ears are a common and frustrating problem. In fact, the condition can be bothersome enough to stick foreign objects in your ear for relief. Bobby-pins, coat hangers, toothpicks and other household items serve as temporary scratching devices that often lead to trauma of the ear canal. The itching, usually a product of nerves, fungal infections, psoriasis, or dermatitis, is hugely aggravating. If you wear hearing aids and do not have a known skin condition, the device itself may be the culprit.


Annoying bacteria can accumulate on the shell of your hearing aid. You can purchase or construct your DIY hearing aid dryer which will kill the bacteria present on your hearing aids. You may also wipe down your hearing aids with antibacterial wipes before placing them into your ears.

A Skin Issue

Various skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis may result from wearing your hearing aid. If you find yourself with a skin problem, it may be time for a visit to your physician for treatment.


Excessive moisture trapped within your ear canal may be the reason for your itchy ear. Bathing, swimming, and sweating in warm weather allows residual water to accumulate around your hearing aid. It is essential to keep your ears dry whenever possible.

Poor fit

A hearing aid that fits poorly may cause the body to attempt to reject it. This response to the ill-fitting device may lead to inflammation which in turn may lead to itchy ears. The simple solution is to visit a hearing aid specialist for a better fitting ear mold.


Allergic reactions to hearing aid material do occur and can cause itching. Extensive testing on the plastic that covers the hearing aid and the polish covering it takes place, but reactions are still possible. The removal of the finish or the changing out of the plastic ear mold can help this problem.

Dry Ears

Dry ears result from the lack of natural oils in the ear canal. Earwax does serve the purpose of preventing the ears from drying out. Excessive ear cleaning can lead to a lack of earwax and a dry, itchy ear.

What you can do

Itchy ears are a nuisance, but there are a few routine measures you can take to help prevent this problem:

  • Keep your ears free of moisture where possible
  • Avoid excessive cleaning of the ear canal which removes natural oils causing dryness and inflammation
  • An occasional few drops of olive oil helps prevent dehydration and creates a barrier against water

Scratching, rubbing, and clawing at your itching ears is no fun, so take steps today to ease the aggravation. A proper fitting dry hearing aid and bacteria free skin will keep your fingers and other objects out of your ears.













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