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Unread 10-23-2008, 06:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ear mold smell

I have heard that ear molds can start to smell. What do you do to reduce/prevent this? Also, what do you do for itching?
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Unread 10-23-2008, 06:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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To keep earmolds clean, soak them in warm, soapy water. You might also want to purchase a Dry and Store which sanitizes and removes bacteria.
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The smell, I believe is just the smell of earwax in a moist ear. I bought a hearing healthcare accessory kit from Hal-Hen. It came with the mini dri-aid, cleaning cloth, sanitize spray (that should do the trick for the smell) and a few tools and other things. I also bought eargene to help soothe the ear as well as a tube of audiologists choice anti-itch cream. I am sure you can google and find either those or similar products. Hope that helps.
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fungus. If it really itches and normal cleaning of earmold doesnt help and if your earmold doesnt look right on the surface then it's time to to call your doctor just to taje a look and give you ear drops.
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fungus. If it really itches and normal cleaning of earmold doesnt help and if your earmold doesnt look right on the surface then it's time to to call your doctor just to taje a look and give you ear drops.
You might also consider getting hypoallergenic earmolds. Ever since I started wearing hearing aids at age 15, I've always had (skin) allergies to my earmolds. Once my audi ordered hypoallergenic earmolds, I no longer experienced any itching or irritation.
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For my BTE (wont' work for ITE, CIC etc) my Audie told me to take the mould off and then soak it in warm water with a denture tablet - works GREAT, and is cheap cheap cheap !!

(just remember ... NOT the HA, just the mould folks !!! )
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My audiologist told me I could wipe them down with alcohol every night.
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I thoroughly clean with hydrogen peroxide every night. No smell!
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i use a dry & store and it works great. gives it a different smell but it just smells more rubbery with less foul odour. dry&store has the benefit of giving the mould a thorough clean, and you don't have to get the water out of it afterwards as opposed to soaking it. the annoying thing is that you have to replace the yellow block in the dry&store every 2 months or so.
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I think that you should ask your audiologist how to clean your earmolds. The way I know is to fill a cup with HOT water and a little soap, let it sit overnight, then dry out and blow through the tube to remove excess water. Earmolds need to be cleaned regularly

Make sure that you also have your earmolds changed like every 6 months. Ask your audiologist when you should have them regularly made.

You seem to have an allergic reaction to your earmolds. There's Hypo-Allergenic earmolds, and you might want to always have this type of earmolds made.
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I think that you should ask your audiologist how to clean your earmolds. The way I know is to fill a cup with HOT water and a little soap, let it sit overnight, then dry out and blow through the tube to remove excess water. Earmolds need to be cleaned regularly

Make sure that you also have your earmolds changed like every 6 months. Ask your audiologist when you should have them regularly made.

You seem to have an allergic reaction to your earmolds. There's Hypo-Allergenic earmolds, and you might want to always have this type of earmolds made.
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Interesting about having your earmolds changed every 6 months. Is there a reason for that? The reason I ask is because when I wore hearing aids, I've never had my earmolds changed. In fact, I wore the same earmolds that were made for me when I received my Oticon digitals from 1999 until 2004 when I received my first CI.

I'm glad you suggested hypoallergenic earmolds. I used to have skin sensitivity with regular earmolds, but after I switched to hypoallergenic (hard earmolds), I found that they were so comfortable, I couldn't even feel them in my ears.
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i use a dry & store and it works great. gives it a different smell but it just smells more rubbery with less foul odour. dry&store has the benefit of giving the mould a thorough clean, and you don't have to get the water out of it afterwards as opposed to soaking it. the annoying thing is that you have to replace the yellow block in the dry&store every 2 months or so.
Kim,

To get around the hassle of having to change the dry brik every 2 months, I purchase them in a package of 6. That way, I don't have to keep buying them one at a time.
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Interesting about having your earmolds changed every 6 months. Is there a reason for that? The reason I ask is because when I wore hearing aids, I've never had my earmolds changed. In fact, I wore the same earmolds that were made for me when I received my Oticon digitals from 1999 until 2004 when I received my first CI.

I'm glad you suggested hypoallergenic earmolds. I used to have skin sensitivity with regular earmolds, but after I switched to hypoallergenic (hard earmolds), I found that they were so comfortable, I couldn't even feel them in my ears.
Yes, I read before that it's supposed to be changed about every 6 months. I changed at least yearly or before. A lot of people don't know, and it's to make sure your ear molds fit snuggly and avoid whistling. It's also because earmolds turn yellow and hardens. I think once a year is enough unless you start to experience whistling before that.

For example, I have my HA, and I had an earmold made a few years ago. I will soon have to make a new earmold because the earmold has shrunk! It's also hardened and is yellow. It's weird looking. It works, but it's weird.

Yeah, I once was given another earmold, and my ear itched and got red. Once I switched to hypoallergenic, the problem went away.
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I had a near death experience caused by an allergic reaction to my earmolds once. Anaphylaxis. it was very exciting. LOL.

Sorry...off topic-sorta
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Yes, I read before that it's supposed to be changed about every 6 months. I changed at least yearly or before. A lot of people don't know, and it's to make sure your ear molds fit snuggly and avoid whistling. It's also because earmolds turn yellow and hardens. I think once a year is enough unless you start to experience whistling before that.

For example, I have my HA, and I had an earmold made a few years ago. I will soon have to make a new earmold because the earmold has shrunk! It's also hardened and is yellow. It's weird looking. It works, but it's weird.

Yeah, I once was given another earmold, and my ear itched and got red. Once I switched to hypoallergenic, the problem went away.
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As far as I've been told, my earmolds never created feedback.

I've heard of earmolds shrinking, but that never happened to me.

I guess I've been lucky...
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I had a near death experience caused by an allergic reaction to my earmolds once. Anaphylaxis. it was very exciting. LOL.

Sorry...off topic-sorta
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Oh my goodness! Really? If you don't mind my asking, what happened? (If you'd rather tell me via PM or not at all, that's fine.)
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Oh my goodness! Really? If you don't mind my asking, what happened? (If you'd rather tell me via PM or not at all, that's fine.)
I have no problem telling you! We think there was some how latex, or something else I am allergic to in the molds. I was fine at first but after having them for 3 days they were feeling tighter and tighter. Then...I couldn't get them out of my ears and my ears swelled shut around the molds, and my face swelled shut around my ears. Then I went to the hospital.

Now I have new earmolds now that I am not allergic to but I can only use one material from one manufacturer. It's a little annoying.
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I have no problem telling you! We think there was some how latex, or something else I am allergic to in the molds. I was fine at first but after having them for 3 days they were feeling tighter and tighter. Then...I couldn't get them out of my ears and my ears swelled shut around the molds, and my face swelled shut around my ears. Then I went to the hospital.

Now I have new earmolds now that I am not allergic to but I can only use one material from one manufacturer. It's a little annoying.
Oh wow, JennyB. That's gotta be rough...

How did the hospital end up removing your earmolds? Did they have to give you meds to relieve the swelling and/or apply ointment to your ears?

Out of curiosity, are you using Lucite (hard shell) earmolds? Lucite hypoallergenic earmolds were the only kind I could wear. If I tried wearing soft "Patriot" earmolds (you can learn more about them by doing a Google search for "Patriot earmolds"), they slipped out of my ears and hurt terribly whenever I tried to insert or remove them. I do have very small ear canals, so perhaps that had something to do with it.
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Oh wow, JennyB. That's gotta be rough...

How did the hospital end up removing your earmolds? Did they have to give you meds to relieve the swelling and/or apply ointment to your ears?

Out of curiosity, are you using Lucite (hard shell) earmolds? Lucite hypoallergenic earmolds were the only kind I could wear. If I tried wearing soft "Patriot" earmolds (you can learn more about them by doing a Google search for "Patriot earmolds"), they slipped out of my ears and hurt terribly whenever I tried to insert or remove them. I do have very small ear canals, so perhaps that had something to do with it.
Yes I use lucite molds. I have tried silicon, and polyethelyne too.

Prednisone, to reduce swelling and then some strength to pull them out. It was not much fun!
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Yes I use lucite molds. I have tried silicon, and polyethelyne too.

Prednisone, to reduce swelling and then some strength to pull them out. It was not much fun!
Ouch! I'm sorry you had to go through that...
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As far as I've been told, my earmolds never created feedback.

I've heard of earmolds shrinking, but that never happened to me.

I guess I've been lucky...
Yes, you are extremely lucky! I had to have new earmolds once a year because of the feedbacks. I know I should have it done sooner but I was trying to stretch it to save $$. Maybe I should try Lucite next time. I don't remember what mine are.
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I have no problem telling you! We think there was some how latex, or something else I am allergic to in the molds. I was fine at first but after having them for 3 days they were feeling tighter and tighter. Then...I couldn't get them out of my ears and my ears swelled shut around the molds, and my face swelled shut around my ears. Then I went to the hospital.

Now I have new earmolds now that I am not allergic to but I can only use one material from one manufacturer. It's a little annoying.
I didn't know that there are latex in earmolds.
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Yes, you are extremely lucky! I had to have new earmolds once a year because of the feedbacks. I know I should have it done sooner but I was trying to stretch it to save $$. Maybe I should try Lucite next time. I don't remember what mine are.
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Yes, I've always worn Lucite hard earmolds, so I've become quite used to them. They've always felt comfortable to me -- more comfortable in fact than "Patriot" earmolds which are extremely painful to insert and remove -- not to mention the fact that they keep sliding out of my ears. Several months before I received my CI, I wanted to get a new earmold for my BTE CI speech processors, but unfortunately, I couldn't find a local audi who ordered Lucite earmolds. I ended up having to go to the audi who fitted me with my first pair of hearing aids back in 1985. Thank goodness she was available otherwise I don't know how I would have been able to receive new earmolds.

I know what you mean about trying to save money. Normally it costs $50/earmold, but my audi (the one who fitted me with my first pair of aids) was nice enough not to charge me. I'm thankful for that because I was living on a pretty limited income at the time.
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Yes, I've always worn Lucite hard earmolds, so I've become quite used to them. They've always felt comfortable to me -- more comfortable in fact than "Patriot" earmolds which are extremely painful to insert and remove -- not to mention the fact that they keep sliding out of my ears. Several months before I received my CI, I wanted to get a new earmold for my BTE CI speech processors, but unfortunately, I couldn't find a local audi who ordered Lucite earmolds. I ended up having to go to the audi who fitted me with my first pair of hearing aids back in 1985. Thank goodness she was available otherwise I don't know how I would have been able to receive new earmolds.

I know what you mean about trying to save money. Normally it costs $50/earmold, but my audi (the one who fitted me with my first pair of aids) was nice enough not to charge me. I'm thankful for that because I was living on a pretty limited income at the time.

I won't mind wearing those hard molds as long as the ear canal parts are short. My earmolds almost alway have long canal parts and they are almost touching my eardrums. I don't like that as a ball could have landed on my ear and that would be very painful.
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I won't mind wearing those hard molds as long as the ear canal parts are short. My earmolds almost alway have long canal parts and they are almost touching my eardrums. I don't like that as a ball could have landed on my ear and that would be very painful.
If you decide to get Lucite earmolds and find that the canal part is a little too long, you can always have your audi file it down. That's what I had my audi do and it worked perfectly. She just filed it down a little at a time so we didn't have to worry about filing down too much and having to get new earmold impressions as a result.
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I don't think there is supposed to be latex in earmolds. Our theory is some kind of contamination.
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about allergy earmold. Please stay on topic "Earmold smell"

Yes, My earmold smell odor after I pull it out. I use alcohol wipe on my earmolds. I put in dry store. It's not smell at all.
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