My Itchy Ears Are Driving Me Nuts

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

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

That’s kind of a terrible experience, right? Desperately trying to scratch that itchy spot on your back. It’s the reason why back-scratchers exist.

Sadly, there isn’t a device that can get rid of itching in your ears. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t reach up inside your ear canal where that itch is coming from. It’s worse than that spot on your back, and it’s not surprising that itchy ears are most likely driving you crazy.

Your everyday life can be impacted by itchy ears

It may sound like a minor issue, superficially. Itchy ears? It could be worse, right? At least you aren’t in terrible pain.

But think about it: There’s no alleviation for an itchy ear. No big deal, if it only occurs now and then. But if your ears are itchy constantly? You might find yourself, and your quality of life, significantly impacted.

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

It’s not at all fun. But treatments and solutions do exist. 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? The treatment for itching ears is going to vary depending on the root cause. Your ears could be being impacted by many underlying causes, as with most medical conditions. Amongst the most common are the following:

  • Improper hearing aid fitting: Hearing aids are made to fit snugly in your ears. This will produce the best returns and the best sound. But this snug fit can lead to irritation and itchiness when your hearing aids don’t fit properly. Your hearing can be negatively impacted if this causes you to stop using your hearing aids as frequently. The solution is to come in and consult us for a proper fitting. In some instances, hearing aids may even be custom molded to custom fit your ears.
  • Ear infections: That’s right, the cause of your itchy ears could be a regular ear infection. Ear infections can occur at any time in life 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 happen. Combined, this can result in trapped fluid, irritated tissue, and extremely itchy ears. Treating the infection with your doctor’s help is the answer. Once that’s cleared up, the itching in your ears should go away.
  • Allergies: Allergies can sometimes cause itching. In some instances, an over-the-counter allergy medication, like an antihistamine, can relieve itching caused by allergies. It’s often challenging to determine precisely what you’re having an allergic reaction to. But a great many allergens, including pollen, can cause your ears to itch. So your spring hay fever could quickly translate into itchy ears. If the itching persists, you should talk to an allergist about finding a solution (and relief).
  • You have an earwax blockage: If your ears are creating a substantial amount of wax, that’s not unusual. You may be surprised to learn that wax is actually cleaning your ears. But this blockage can develop for a number of reasons. One thing you should stop doing right away is using cotton swabs to “clean” your ears. We can, in any case, help you get rid of any earwax difficulties. So you will get some relief by making an appointment with us.
  • Skin disorders: Certain skin disorders can, at times, trigger itching that is hard to get at. There’s even a disorder called ear dandruff that can happen. Your doctor will be able to help you understand what your options are. putting moisturizer in your ear isn’t a practical or safe option, after all. If you have this type of skin condition, your doctor is, once again, your best bet.

Finding treatment for your itchy ears, and comfort

Just about every activity becomes less fun with itchy ears. Finding the correct treatment, and getting lasting relief can be completely life changing. Often, these itchy ears will not clear up by themselves (and if they do, it’ll feel like it takes ages), so there’s no point in trying to wait it out, you’ll likely just extend your suffering.

If you find that your itchy ears are driving you mad, make an appointment with us so you can stop thinking about the itch, and get back to the normal, everyday activities you like.

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.