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  1. Default Why does my right ear canal itch so bad????

    This is something that's been coming and going for the past year now. I get an intense itching in my right ear canal and I scratch it until it's red and nearly bleeding. Sometimes I have to use a pin because my pinky is too big to reach the itch. It drives me insane!! Another issue I've been experiencing is that my ear canal feels wet after I scratch it, though this only happens sparingly.

    It only happens in my right ear, which is the ear that I wear a hearing aid for. I have a Resound Alera, if that has to do with anything.

    Any thoughts about this?
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    Whenever my aids cause problems in my ear canal such as itching or aching, I change out the domes and that takes care of the problem. However, your problem seems serious enough that I would have a doctor look at it the next time it happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatedigitalhearingaids View Post
    This is something that's been coming and going for the past year now. I get an intense itching in my right ear canal and I scratch it until it's red and nearly bleeding. Sometimes I have to use a pin because my pinky is too big to reach the itch. It drives me insane!! Another issue I've been experiencing is that my ear canal feels wet after I scratch it, though this only happens sparingly.

    It only happens in my right ear, which is the ear that I wear a hearing aid for. I have a Resound Alera, if that has to do with anything.

    Any thoughts about this?
    It sounds to me like you might have a chronic external ear (in the ear canal, rather than in the inner ear) infection, which can cause both the itchiness and the wet feeling you're describing. If you use ear molds, they may need cleaning in between wearings to help prevent infection. My audiologist recommended wiping the ear molds a few times a week with hydrogen peroxide; however, that depends on what material your molds are made of as I know some ear molds cannot tolerate hydrogen peroxide. If you use a dome, then it sounds like it needs changing more often. Either way, in my opinion, you likely have some sort of chronic, low-grade infection or allergy and should see your family doctor about it sooner than later.

    For the record, it's not a good idea to stick objects like pins in your ears! You can scrape the lining of your ear canal, which leads to infections, and cause other nasty problems! If they're that itchy, you have something else going on!

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    Well my hearing aid is the icc kind and to tell you the truth, I've never cleaned it. I just put it in my dry and store machine when I go to bed at night.

    I do live in a humid state (Florida) and wondered if moisture from the heat and humidity is getting trapped in my ear and causing the itchiness.

    I still like to see a doctor however. What kind of doctor would y'all refer to? I just moved to the city I'm living in three weeks ago so I'm going to have to do some research.

    Thanks for responding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatedigitalhearingaids View Post
    Well my hearing aid is the icc kind and to tell you the truth, I've never cleaned it. I just put it in my dry and store machine when I go to bed at night.

    I do live in a humid state (Florida) and wondered if moisture from the heat and humidity is getting trapped in my ear and causing the itchiness.

    I still like to see a doctor however. What kind of doctor would y'all refer to? I just moved to the city I'm living in three weeks ago so I'm going to have to do some research.

    Thanks for responding.
    I would clean the HA each night or even several times a day and see if that helps. As to which doctor, I would make an appointment with an ENT, I have never had to much success with regular doctors and ear problems, there pat answer seems to be "it looks ok to me," ENT's see this all the time and can steer you to what will work the best to clear it up. Also stop using anything to scratch your ear canal, you probably have an infection going on inside the canal if you are feeling something wet after you scratch it, see the doctor ASAP!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatedigitalhearingaids View Post
    I still like to see a doctor however. What kind of doctor would y'all refer to? I just moved to the city I'm living in three weeks ago so I'm going to have to do some research.
    Any primary care doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner can diagnose an outer ear infection and prescribe antibiotic eardrops. I think going to a specialist would be an unnecessary expense. Try visiting a walk-in clinic at CVS or Walgreens.

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    I'm new to wearing hearing aids and have had some intense itching in my ear canal. It comes and goes. Thing is, I have pretty bad allergies to many things (epi-pen) level. So sometimes my skin in general will itch. It doesn't come with a rash, but it seems that certain things may bring it on, exposure to allergens especially. Sometimes I don't know what it is. Like maybe if someone with cat dander on them sits next to me. That will trigger other allergies (it's a cascade effect).

    I asked to have the little piece in the ear canal (dome?) replaced and the itching went away. I get allergy shots currently so maybe it will someday go away. I asked if there were both silicone and plastic pieces, but the audiologist did not give a clear answer. Different kinds of plastics?

    It sounds like you have an infection, but just something else to consider.

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    When my ear itches like that, I wipe down the dome with an alcohol prep pad. While it's drying, I use a Q-tip in my hear.

    Before anyone says it... I know all about the warnings about using Q-tips. I've been doing it longer than some of you have been alive and I haven't damaged anything yet. I do take precautions, just to be safe.
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    There are products like Eargene that address the itch rather well. An alternative might be olive oil or baby oil. Baby oil addresses the same general condition. Just soak a Q-tip and apply or use a dropper. I've used both Eargene and olive oil with success. Olive oil is mildly antiseptic.
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    I have yet too wear any hearing aids but have them ordered. When testing out the HA's prior to ordering I noticed a lot of itching. My Audiologist gave me a sample of something called ProEar which seemed to help. I ordered some on line while awaiting my aids to arrive.

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