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Unread 05-21-2008, 06:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Itchy ears

Hi. I get itchy ears due to wearing hearing aids. I itch w/ a Qtip usually one time in the day and one time at night (for long time). Sometimes I have itched until my ear bleeds amd then they get too sore to wear the dang aids. I feel itching relief is way better than an orgasm! Anyway, what do you do about your itchy ears? How often do you use a Qtip, if at all, to get rid of the itch? Do you use Qtips? I am not sure about CI's - - do your ear's get itchy?

Seriously, I want to know. If it's TMI, I am sorry but I still want to know!
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Unread 05-21-2008, 06:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you cleaned your ear mold? Try soaking it in alcohol to kill any bacteria or fungus. It worked for me.
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Unread 05-21-2008, 07:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I can't because they are CIC's. But I did have a machine before my fire. It was a neat expensive one. It would dis infect and then dry em out.
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Unread 05-21-2008, 09:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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There are special ear cream just for hearing aid users. It is called Otoferm. Look at justbekuz.com or harris communications. It should help.
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Unread 05-21-2008, 10:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I clean my earmolds with alcohol and make sure they are dry before I put them back in. After a shower I use a q-tip to help dry my ears out and I don't put my hearing aids back in until my ears are dry too.
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Unread 05-21-2008, 02:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I use Miracell to help with the dryness and itchyness in my ears. My audiologist gave me a sample bottle, told me to put some onto a Q-tip and gently move the Q-Tip in the ear so the miracell gets onto the skin. Says to do it every other day.

You can order them online from MiraCell - RENEW YOUR SKIN if you want to give it a try. It works on any dry skin/skin issues on your whole body, not just your ears.

I frequently have dry/itchy ear problems from the earmold, but the miracell helps (that is, when I REMEMBER to use it).
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Unread 05-21-2008, 02:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Do you wash your ears daily when you shower or take a bath? Q-tips don't necessarily keep your ears clean without cleaning them with soap and water.

Also, rub down your ear molds every day or every week, whenever you think is necessary.
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Unread 05-22-2008, 02:19 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Ha, my ears used to itch at times when I wore HA's. That's another big bonus for me having CI's and not having to deal with itchy ears and sucky earmolds again!
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Thanks guys. I will try the creams out. I thought there was more itchy ears out there!
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Maybe try BTEs? I vaguely remmy when I wore ITEs my ears getting itchy. It generally doesn't happen with BTEs.
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unfortunately that is not good for you. I understand sometimes I got itch my implant. I don' t think so lice bugs with hair. Wash clean on your hair. I don't understand what is say about to you find out problem inside feeling.
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unfortunately that is not good for you. I understand sometimes I got itch my implant. I don' t think so lice bugs with hair. Wash clean on your hair. I don't understand what is say about to you find out problem inside feeling.
huh?
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Go see your ENT or audiologist before you go sticking any fluids in your ears. You may have a outer ear infection or eczema. The ENT would give you ciprodex or vosol to help clear it up. If it's just itching and you don't have a hole in your eardrum (which would make you taste whatever you poor in your ear), I tell my patients to try 1-2drops of sweet oil before they go buying up online stores or pharmacies.
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Go see your ENT or audiologist before you go sticking any fluids in your ears. You may have a outer ear infection or eczema. The ENT would give you ciprodex or vosol to help clear it up. If it's just itching and you don't have a hole in your eardrum (which would make you taste whatever you poor in your ear), I tell my patients to try 1-2drops of sweet oil before they go buying up online stores or pharmacies.
Thank you much!
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I was just online searching for something about this - I too get itchy ears a lot (I wear BTE hearing aids in both ears for all my waking hours!), and I too get so desperate to itch my ears that I use either a Q-tip/cotton bud, or my finger!

Apparently its not good to do those, and I actually have a really bad ear ache right now having done that.

I went searching online and found this website about 'Aural Hygeine', and it was really useful. Have a look below:

Aural Hygiene | Healthy Hearing
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Unread 12-18-2008, 04:49 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I agree that you need to see an ENT. No audiologist. They may have a solution for you to rinse your ear out for awhile and maybe weekly to keep your ears clean.

Stop using Qtips! lol
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I get itchy throat and ears due to allergies. I take allergy medicine.
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I use Miracell to help with the dryness and itchyness in my ears. My audiologist gave me a sample bottle, told me to put some onto a Q-tip and gently move the Q-Tip in the ear so the miracell gets onto the skin. Says to do it every other day.

You can order them online from MiraCell - RENEW YOUR SKIN if you want to give it a try. It works on any dry skin/skin issues on your whole body, not just your ears.

I frequently have dry/itchy ear problems from the earmold, but the miracell helps (that is, when I REMEMBER to use it).
Would the MiraCell help with itchy old scars? I have a 8 inches long scar from when I had my hip surgery when I was 2 years old in 1982. I'm 28 now and my scar itches like hell from time to time and it's so ****ing annoying. It's on my left hip.
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Unread 12-23-2008, 01:18 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I get itchy throat and ears due to allergies. I take allergy medicine.
so do i and the allergy med works well in helping to relieve both symptoms.
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huh?
i think travis is talking about the fact that his ci caused his ear to itch (probably due to the scar or speech processor), having lice in one's hair and being sure to wash one's hair clean with lice shampoo as a result.
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I was just online searching for something about this - I too get itchy ears a lot (I wear BTE hearing aids in both ears for all my waking hours!), and I too get so desperate to itch my ears that I use either a Q-tip/cotton bud, or my finger!

Apparently its not good to do those, and I actually have a really bad ear ache right now having done that.

I went searching online and found this website about 'Aural Hygeine', and it was really useful. Have a look below:

Aural Hygiene | Healthy Hearing
Thanks for the link. As an update I stopped using the q tips because I went crazy one day w/ the wooden one's and couldn't hear for more than a week in one ear and then the other. Finally, I flushed them out and I am ok. Since I stopped a month ago, they don't itch much at all.
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I use mixture of alcohol and vinegar at 50% 50% and swab with q tip nightly and after a shower. Have not had a problem since I started this remedy.
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look alike you have bug live in your ear Jk
CIC u have to put cream on then ur ear wont itches anymore
if does then u might end up try with ear mold BTE, have u try one before ?

ear bleeding that mean too close to the drum!
you need see dr check up your ear inside what is cause!

maybe they would give u ear drop or cream for your CIC
dr and audiology know what is best to solve

your wake up morning clean ear and your bed time too
keep your ear health and clean no more itches
maybe you have dry skin

ask ear dr , he know one way cures
maybe u need trade ear with your audiology jk
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The way around that is to keep your hearing aids and ears both extremely clean.

Use something like Murine™ Earigate to clean your ears out or goto the ear doctor and have him or her do it for you.

http://www.murine.com/Earigate.htm

To clean and dry the hearing aids use a dry and store. They're expensive but nothing works better. I would first clean the molds and tubing, disconnected of course, thoroughly with soap and water and then some alcohol before using the dry and store.

http://www.dryandstore.com/

You can use an anti-itch cream too, like the one they sale at harriscomm.

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I use mixture of alcohol and vinegar at 50% 50% and swab with q tip nightly and after a shower. Have not had a problem since I started this remedy.
I do the same thing but I cut down the vinegar to 20% and use a eye dropper and not have a problem since then. I had a bad fungus infection before I start this and no problem since then. I do this every other night.
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I use peroxide frequently to clean out the molds. And q-tips after every shower and before bed. It helps tremendously!
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It's possible you have a fungus in ur ears...so see a doctor....and never stick ANYTHING into ur ears! Except a washcloth to wipe them out when bathing. Many people have busted their eardrums by q-tips....
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Allergic to hearing aids

I had been wearing bilateral hearing aids (BTE) for about 3-4 years when, I too, experienced considerable itching and draining in both ears after wearing my hearing aids. My ENT prescribed mutiple prescriptions with little or no lasting relief. My hearing got worse as this went on. After a year of this craziness, he recommended I see a dermatologist. I saw one locally who after hearing my story said I might be allergic to a material in my hearing aids - he thought perhaps methyl methacrylate. He did give me a prescription for Clobetasol which is a liquid steriod that he told me to use sparingly and infrequently because it was one of those super drugs. He told me I needed to get the Material Safety Data Sheets for my hearing aids and fax them to him so he could see what they were made of. With some trouble from the place I got the hearing aids I was able to get it. I faxed them to the doctor. He then called me and said there were a type of acrylates in the hearing aids and there are only 3 doctors in the Chicago area that could do skin patch testing for this and they were all north. He contacted Dr. Mary Martini at Northwestern Memorial Hospital explained what was going on and her office then called me with an appointment. I brought my hearing aids, the records from my ENT and the all important Material Safety Data Sheets. We then set up a series of 3 visits that she would do the skin patch testings. Before the test appointments, I spent time researching this type of allergy to these acrylates. First I found out that acrylates are in hard plastics and in cements/adhesives. I kept seeing it in reference to contact dermatitis in people working in the dental industry or in dental patients. Wow! Maybe this would explain my sore mouth. I had already figured out that when my ears were at there worst, my mouth was too. If the ears got better, so did my mouth. I contacted a dentist who had done some recent work and he did the legwork to obtain the material safety data sheets for the materials he used doing the dental restorative work. I brought those with me to my appointment at Northwestern Memorial Hospital The results - I'm sensitive (allergic) to 2-hydroxyethyl acrylate which is a stated material in my hearing aids. If I wear them for the shortest amount of time, I develop severe contact dermatitis with itching, runnning, crusting ears that then become host to secondary infections. So I can no longer wear my hearing aids. As a result of the contact dermatitis and infections, I've lost more hearing. Because I'm so highly allergic to the 2-hydroxythyl acrylate, I risk developing cross referencing allergies to other acrylates. After the testing was completed, it was explained to me that as a referral physician, she had gotten an answer for why I was sent there and I was sent back to the local dermatologist. WHen I asked him about the allergies in my ears - his response was.....I don't know anything about allergies. I asked him where we were in the process and he said he was done with me and he was sending me back to the ENT. The ENT said he knows ears, but doesn't know anything about contact dermatitis. My primary care is deferring to the specialists. I called a dentist here and he was totally unfamiliar with this type of allergic reaction, but I could come in and talk to him. $$ I then decided maybe I needed an allergist to quarterback all this and coordinate some multidisciplanary treatment. I made an appointment with one, brought with the records and timeline, explained it all to him. He said he had no idea what I was talking about and that he was completely unfamiliar with this and that he wasn't my guy. But he did find it fascinating. Still no one treating the problem. After all this, I decided I needed to be in a university setting with research. I called Dr Mary Martini @ Northwestern Memorial Hospital and explained to her all the doctors I seen since she had finished the testing and that I needed to see someone who could help me, that there wasn't anyone on the south side for me. She said that as long as the material is still in my mouth, my ears will never get better. The contact dermatitis with all it's symptoms would still be there. WHich means I'll keep losing more hearing. I contacted all the dentists I've seen in the last 40 years to find out what materials they've used for my fillings, crowns, bridge. I'm currently undergoing another round of skin patch testings (116 materials this time) because we've discovered the same material that is in the hearing aids is also in my dental work. So......why am I telling all of you this.....because if this story can help one person, then it's worth my telling it. I've read so many posts that people have this itching running ears and their doctors keep prescribing medicines but no one says anything about those symptoms being an allergic reaction. If you experience the unrelenting itching, running ears that don't get better, tell your ENT you want to be tested.
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There are special ear cream just for hearing aid users. It is called Otoferm. Look at justbekuz.com or harris communications. It should help.
I did not know this! I get itchy behind my ear and take my HA off to allow air to get there.
I use Oto Ease on my ear mold to help get my ear easier but it does not help with the itch.
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