Have you ever experienced an itch that you just couldn’t reach?
You might consider this in a couple of different ways: First, you consider something you always wanted to do in life but so far you haven’t got around to (skydiving, for instance). Or, that itchy spot on your back that you just can’t manage to reach might spring to mind.
That’s so annoying! Feeling that itch and being desperate to get to that spot on your back. That’s why we invented back-scratchers.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a device that can get rid of itching in your ears. That itchy feeling is coming from inside your ear canal, someplace that you physically can’t reach (no matter how hard you try). It’s even worse than that spot on your back, and it’s not surprising that itchy ears are most likely driving you mad.
Itchy ears can affect your daily life
It might sound like a small issue, superficially. It’s just itchy ears, right? At least you aren’t in terrible pain.
Here’s something to consider: There’s no alleviation for an itchy ear. If it occurs now and then, sure, it’s not that big of a deal. But what if your ears are continuously itchy? It might end up having a real impact on your quality of life.
Maybe you stay home and quit socializing with friends. Or perhaps you try to overwhelm the sensation by listening to excessively loud music.
It stinks. But treatments and solutions do exist. Finding the best way to deal with itchy ears means understanding what causes them to begin with.
So what causes your ears to itch?
So why are your ears itchy? And what can you do about it? The solution for itchy ears is going to differ depending on the underlying cause. Your ears could be being affected by many underlying causes, as with many medical conditions. Here are a few of the most prevalent:
- Improper hearing aid fitting: Hearing aids are designed to fit snugly in your ears. That’s how you get the best sound and the most effective results. 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. Schedule an appointment with us for a proper fitting is the solution. We may even be able to mold your hearing aid so it fits your ear better.
- You have an earwax blockage: Look, it’s completely normal for your ears to generate a copious amount of wax. That’s because wax is good for your ears and (counter-intuitively) helps keep them clean! But there are several reasons why blockages can form. One reason is due to the use of cotton swabs to “clean” your ears, so if you’re doing that, you should stop immediately. We can, in any case, help you get rid of any earwax troubles. So scheduling an appointment can help bring you some relief.
- Allergies: Allergies can sometimes cause itching. In some instances, an over-the-counter allergy medicine, like an antihistamine, can alleviate itching caused by allergies. It can be difficult to pin down, sometimes, exactly what you’re allergic to. But itchy ears can be caused by a wide variety of allergens, including pollen. Itchy ears could easily come from your spring hay fever. An allergist will be the best place to seek a solution to this.
- Skin disorders: Certain skin disorders can, occasionally, trigger itching that is hard to get to. There’s even a condition called ear dandruff that can happen. You should talk to your doctor about what your solutions are. putting moisturizer in your ear isn’t a viable or safe solution, after all. If you have this type of skin condition, your doctor is, once again, your best option.
- Ear infections: That’s right, the source of your itchy ears can be a normal ear infection. Ear infections can arise 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 fluid buildup, inflammation of the tissue can happen. Combined, this can result in trapped fluid, irritated tissue, and very itchy ears. The fix is to consult your doctor and treat the underlying infection. Your ears will normally stop itching when the infection goes away.
Finding relief for your itchy ears
Itchy ears can take the pleasure out of pretty much anything. Finding the best treatment, and getting lasting relief can be completely life changing. Often, these itchy ears will not go away 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 likely just prolong your suffering.
Stop focusing on your itchy ears and go back to enjoying your life. Contact us for a consultation.