We’ve all experienced that itch that seemed impossible to reach.
Alright, there are two ways to consider it: 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 really aggravating! Desperately trying to scratch that itchy spot on your back. It’s the reason why back-scratchers exist.
Sadly, there’s no such device that can relieve itching in your ears. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t reach up into your ear canal where that itch is coming from. It’s worse than that spot on your back, and it’s not shocking that itchy ears are probably driving you mad.
Itchy ears can affect your everyday life
It might sound like a minor issue, superficially. It’s only itchy ears, right? At least you’re not 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 may end up having a significant affect on your quality of life.
Maybe the sensation is so uncomfortable that you stop eating out or seeing friends. Maybe you begin listening to louder and louder music trying to drown out that itchy feeling.
It stinks. But there are solutions and treatments. Discovering the best way to deal with itchy ears means knowing what causes them in the first place.
So what causes your ears to itch?
So what’s the cause of that itch? And what’s the treatment? The treatment for itching ears is going to differ depending on the underlying cause. Your ears could be being impacted by many root causes, as with most medical conditions. Among 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 best sound and the most effective results. But this snug fit can lead to irritation and itchiness when your hearing aids don’t fit correctly. This, as a result, can cause you to stop wearing your hearing aids as often, and that can be detrimental to your hearing. The answer is to come in and consult us for a proper fitting. We might even be able to mold your hearing aid so it fits your ear better.
- Allergies: Allergies are challenging, and it’s not uncommon for them to cause itching. In some cases, an over-the-counter allergy medicine, like an antihistamine, can alleviate itching caused by allergies. It’s frequently difficult to determine precisely what you’re having an allergic reaction to. But a great many allergens, including pollen, can trigger itchy ears. Itchy ears could easily 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 completely normal for your ears to produce a copious amount of wax. That’s because wax is good for your ears and (counter-intuitively) helps clean them! But there are several reasons why blockages can develop. 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 troubles. So you will get some relief by making an appointment with us.
- Skin disorders: Some skin disorders can, at times, trigger itching that’s hard to get at. There’s even a disorder called ear dandruff that can happen. You should talk to your doctor about what your solutions are. It isn’t exactly convenient to smear your ear canal with moisturizer, after all, nor would we ever suggest you try. If you have this kind of skin condition, your doctor is, once again, your best option.
- Ear infections: That’s right, the cause of your itchy ears could 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 accumulation of fluid, inflammation of the tissue can happen. Really itchy ears can be the outcome of this trapped fluid and irritated tissue. Addressing the infection with the help of your doctor is the solution. Your ears will usually stop itching when the infection clears up.
Getting treatment for your itchy ears, and comfort
Pretty much every activity becomes less enjoyable with itchy ears. Your life can actually be changed by finding relief with the correct treatment. If you try to simply wait it out, you will likely extend your suffering because it isn’t likely that the itching will clear itself up.
Stop focusing on your itchy ears and get back to enjoying your life. Contact us for a consultation.