Hearing Aid Complications

Posted by jenmc22 @jenmc22, Oct 8, 2019

Hi, I wear hearing aids and several years back I developed eczema in my ears as a result. I initially used the type that were flexible domes but then changed to custom moldings and the eczema is worse than ever. Aside from topical steroid cream is there anything else that others have tried? Thank you in advance.

@jenmc22

Hi, I don’t have eczema but I do get itchy dry ears. Been wearing allergenic molds for years and currently have a soft left mold and a hard shell right mold with my BTEs. My ENT suggested that I use Mineral oil ….daily is okay. I bought a large bottle and a smaller bottle with a dropper. Sometimes I put a drop in at night and very often just swab around the outer ear before inserting them in the morning. It’s just like using a moisturizer and has helped with itchiness.
Ears get more moist, especially here in the south, so I have to swab them out with a tissue once or twice during the day.
The ears are not getting enough air when we wear custom snug fitting molds and dryness and itchiness will always be a problem. I also use a manual ear drier (a bulb like thing) that swimmers use for swimmers ear. When going to the beauty parlor, I put Vaseline onto cotton and use them as plugs.
Helps not to get the canals wet . You could also have some allergy to hair products that lack of air will make worse.

I’ve been using the mineral oil for years. It doesn’t build up..just gets absorbed into the skin. Ant drugstore has it. And I have less ear infections…something which I am prone to.

Try it….it might help. It’s awfully uncomfortable to have problematic ears and hard to ignore. I would not want to be on steroids for any length of time except for a severe episode.

FL Mary

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@jenmc22

Hi, I don’t have eczema but I do get itchy dry ears. Been wearing allergenic molds for years and currently have a soft left mold and a hard shell right mold with my BTEs. My ENT suggested that I use Mineral oil ….daily is okay. I bought a large bottle and a smaller bottle with a dropper. Sometimes I put a drop in at night and very often just swab around the outer ear before inserting them in the morning. It’s just like using a moisturizer and has helped with itchiness.
Ears get more moist, especially here in the south, so I have to swab them out with a tissue once or twice during the day.
The ears are not getting enough air when we wear custom snug fitting molds and dryness and itchiness will always be a problem. I also use a manual ear drier (a bulb like thing) that swimmers use for swimmers ear. When going to the beauty parlor, I put Vaseline onto cotton and use them as plugs.
Helps not to get the canals wet . You could also have some allergy to hair products that lack of air will make worse.

I’ve been using the mineral oil for years. It doesn’t build up..just gets absorbed into the skin. Ant drugstore has it. And I have less ear infections…something which I am prone to.

Try it….it might help. It’s awfully uncomfortable to have problematic ears and hard to ignore. I would not want to be on steroids for any length of time except for a severe episode.

FL Mary

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Thank you. I will try the mineral oil. I do have a product called Miracell, I think its called and it is a oil of sorts but I terrible about remembering to use it. I will also look into the ear drier that you mentioned as my ears are so uncomfortable and just a little scratch when they itch unbearably sets off a very undesirable chain reaction of wet, gooey and more itchy ears which sometimes leads to painful infections.

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@jenmc22

Hi,
Miracell is pricey and has a lot of ingredients although they are suppose to be botanicals. Big bottle of mineral oil is so cheap.
You might be able to find the bulb drier in the drugstore. They have electric ear dryers also online. Be sure to clean those molds every night and again in the morning. I occasionally twist off the tube and wash them with soap and water and put the aids in my dry and store at night.
Put the oil by your bed so you won’t forget. You can also put a small drop on the mold prior to insertion.
So tempting to scratch or q tip an itch. I found that rubbing my outside ear vigorously helps. Key is to keep the canals free from moisture.

Hope you find relief soon.

FL Mary

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There are non-steroid treatments for eczema. Ask your doctor about protopic or elidel. I have seborrheic dermatitis on my face and protopic helps me.

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@mjhst65

There are non-steroid treatments for eczema. Ask your doctor about protopic or elidel. I have seborrheic dermatitis on my face and protopic helps me.

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I will, thank you!

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Are you using a dryer with an ultraviolet light? There are many types of ear molds. Have your audiologist research more.

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