Ear mold smell

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  1. morphocoelestis

    morphocoelestis New Member

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    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?
     
  2. Hear Again

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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.:hmm:
     
  5. Hear Again

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    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.
     
  8. Bottesini

    Bottesini Old Deaf Ranter Premium Member

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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.
     
  11. Hear Again

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    ClearSky,

    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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    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.
     
  13. ClearSky

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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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    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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    ClearSky,

    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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    JennyB,

    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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    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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    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. :dunno:
     
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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!
     
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    Ouch! I'm sorry you had to go through that... :(
     

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