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We’ve all had that itch that seemed impossible to reach.

You may consider this in a couple of different ways: The first thing you might think about is that bucket list item you just never seem to get done. Or, if you’re a bit less of a romantic, you think about that spot on your back that you just can’t quite reach.

That’s really frustrating! Feeling that itch and being desperate to scratch that spot on your back. That’s why we created back-scratchers.

Sadly, there’s no such device that can get rid of itching inside of your ears. Regardless of how hard you try, you just can’t reach up into your ear canal where that itch is coming from. If you’re ear itches like this, it’s even more irritating than that spot on your back.

Itchy ears can affect your daily life

At first glance, it sounds like a small thing. Itchy ears? It could be much worse, right? At least you’re not in horrible pain.

Here’s something to consider: Your ear is itchy, and you can’t get any relief. No big deal, if it only occurs from time to time. But if your ears are itchy all the time? You could find yourself, and your quality of life, considerably affected.

Maybe the sensation is so uncomfortable that you stop eating out or seeing friends. Maybe you begin listening to music at increasing volumes trying to drown out that itchy feeling.

It’s not fun at all. But treatments and solutions do exist. Understanding what’s causing your itchy ears is the first step to finding a suitable treatment.

So what are some of the causes of itchy ears?

So why are your ears itching? And what can you do about it? The treatment for itching ears is going to vary depending on the underlying cause. Your ears could be being impacted by many root causes, as with many medical conditions. Amongst the most common are the following:

  • Improper hearing aid fitting: Hearing aids are made to fit snugly in your ears. That’s how you get the optimum sound and the most successful results. But this snug fit can lead to irritation and itchiness when your hearing aids don’t fit properly. Your hearing can be negatively affected if this causes you to stop using your hearing aids as frequently. The answer is to come in and see us for a proper fitting. We may even be able to mold your hearing aid so it better fits your ear.
  • Allergies: Allergies can frequently cause itching. You can sometimes minimize your symptoms by taking an over-the-counter allergy medicine, like an antihistamine. It can be hard to pin down, sometimes, precisely what you’re allergic to. But itchy ears can be a consequence of a wide variety of allergens, including pollen. So your spring hay fever could quickly become itchy ears. An allergist will be the best place to look for a solution to this.
  • Ear infections: That’s correct, the source of your itchy ears could be a normal ear infection. Ear infections can occur at any age but happen more often when you’re younger. And when they do, fluid can accumulate in your ears. Along with accumulation of fluid, swelling of the tissue can occur. Combined, this can lead to trapped fluid, irritated tissue, and very itchy ears. The solution is to talk to your doctor and manage the underlying infection. Your ears will normally stop itching when the infection clears up.
  • Skin disorders: Some skin disorders can, at times, trigger itching that’s hard to get to. There’s even a condition called ear dandruff that can happen. You should speak with your doctor about what your solutions are. putting moisturizer in your ear isn’t a practical or safe solution, after all. Once again, your provider will be the best person to help you treat skin conditions that cause itchy ears!
  • You have an earwax blockage: Look, it’s completely normal for your ears to produce a copious amount of wax. You may be surprised to find out that wax is actually cleaning your ears. But this blockage can develop for a number of reasons. One reason is due to the use of cotton swabs to “clean” your ears, so if you’re doing that, you should stop right away. In any case, we should be able to clear up most earwax blockages. So you will get some relief by making an appointment with us.

Finding treatment for your itchy ears, and relief

Itchy ears can take the fun out of just about everything. Your life can actually be changed by getting relief with the correct treatment. Often, these itchy ears will not clear up on their own (and if they do, it’ll feel like it takes ages), so there’s no point in trying to wait it out, you’ll probably just prolong your suffering.

Stop focusing on your itchy ears and go back to enjoying your life. Contact us for a consultation.

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