My Itchy Ears Are Driving Me Crazy

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Have you ever had an itch that you just couldn’t scratch?

You might consider this in a couple of different ways: First, you consider something you always wanted to do with your life but you never got around to (skydiving, for instance). Or, that itchy spot on your back that you just can’t seem to reach may spring to mind.

That’s so aggravating! Having that itch and being desperate to get to that spot on your back. It’s the reason why back-scratchers exist.

Sadly, there isn’t a device that can get rid of itching inside of your ears. That itching sensation is coming from inside your ear canal, somewhere that you can’t physically reach (no matter how hard you try). If you’re ear itches in this way, it’s even more aggravating than that spot on your back.

Itchy ears can affect your everyday life

On the surface, it sounds like a small thing. It’s just itchy ears, right? At least you aren’t in terrible pain.

But think about it: There’s no alleviation for an itchy ear. No fuss, if it only happens from time to time. But what if your ears are constantly itchy? It could end up having a real affect on your quality of life.

Maybe you stay home and quit interacting with friends. Or perhaps you attempt to overpower the sensation by listening to excessively loud music.

It sucks. But there are strategies and treatments. Discovering the best way to address itchy ears means knowing what causes them to begin with.

So what are some of the causes of itchy ears?

So why are your ears itchy? And what can you do about it? Depending on the root cause, itchy ears will have differing solutions. As with most other medical conditions, there are a number of possible underlying conditions that may be affecting your ears. Amongst the most common are the following:

  • Improper hearing aid fitting: Your hearing aids should fit into your ears snugly. This will produce the best results and the best sound. But when your hearing aids don’t fit correctly, this snugness can quickly turn into irritation and itchiness. This, in turn, can cause you to stop using your hearing aids as often, and that can be detrimental to your hearing. Making an appointment with us for a proper fitting is the solution. In some instances, hearing aids may even be custom molded to custom fit your ears.
  • Allergies: Allergies can sometimes cause itching. You can sometimes minimize your symptoms by using an over-the-counter allergy medication, such as an antihistamine. It can be difficult to pin down, sometimes, precisely what you’re allergic to. But a great many allergens, including pollen, can cause your ears to itch. Itchy ears could quickly come from your spring hay fever. An allergist will be the best place to look for a solution to this.
  • You have an earwax blockage: Look, it’s perfectly normal for your ears to create a prodigious amount of wax. You may be surprised to learn that wax is actually cleaning your ears. But this blockage can form for numerous reasons. One reason is due to the use of cotton swabs to “clean” your ears, so if that’s happening, you should stop right away. At any rate, we should be able to remove most earwax blockages. So scheduling an appointment can help bring you some relief.
  • Ear infections: That’s right, the cause of your itchy ears can be a regular ear infection. Common in youth, ear infections can continue to strike at any age. Ear infection can cause an accumulation of fluid in your ear. At the same time, the tissues in your ears can start to become inflamed. Very itchy ears can be the outcome of this trapped fluid and irritated tissue. The fix is to consult your doctor and treat the underlying infection. Once that’s cleared up, your ears should stop itching.
  • Skin disorders: Certain skin disorders can, at times, trigger itching that’s difficult 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 feasible or safe option, after all. If you have this kind of skin condition, your doctor is, once again, your best option.

Getting treatment for your itchy ears, and relief

Itchy ears can take the joy out of just about anything. Your life can actually be changed by finding relief with the correct treatment. Often, these itchy ears will not go away on their own (and if they do, it’ll feel like it takes forever), so there’s no point in attempting to wait it out, you’ll likely just extend your suffering.

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

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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