Do you have Itchy ears after your hearing aid fitting? Everyone’s ears are different. They are different in the shape and size, and they are different in their levels of sensitivity. When we first fit a patient with hearing aids, some people don’t notice them at all, while others may feel like there is something foreign in their ear.
One of the symptoms that people may experience is itchiness. Sometimes this is caused by a skin condition like eczema, that the hearing aid is now exacerbating. In these cases, we often recommend for our patients to check in with their family Physician to see if there is a lotion that they can apply on their ear canal. Remember, the ear canal is basically just another area covered with skin. In these cases, whatever lotion is appropriate usually works. If there are no skin conditions that the patient is aware of, they can also try Eargene. It is a product that most Audiology clinics carry, that helps to alleviate this sensation of itchiness.
In other cases, this itchiness is caused by the style of the hearing aid. If your hearing aid has a dome, this little umbrella can tickle your ear canal, which can cause that sensation of itchiness. In these causes, if the patient cannot get used to this, we sometimes change the style of dome entirely, adjust it manually to work better for the patient, or completely change the tip of the hearing aid to a custom mould.
Hearing aids can also cause discomfort. Like the itchiness, we can adjust the tip of the hearing aid to see what works best for our patient.
If the custom portion of the hearing aid is causing pain, it is usually because there it is causing a pressure point. Most Audiology clinics are equipment with grinding and buffing equipment, so they can modify the mold themselves to make it more comfortable. In other cases, we may need to make a new impression entirely and have the Hearing Aid Manufacturer remake a new mold.
Regardless of the issue, whether your ear itches, has pain or discomfort, there is always something that can be tried to resolve the issue. Your best step is to call your local Audiologist and find out how they can offer a helping hand.