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Have you ever experienced an itch that you just couldn’t reach?

You may think about 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 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 scratch.

That’s sort of a terrible experience, isn’t it? Having that itch and being desperate to get to that spot on your back. That’s why we invented back-scratchers.

Unfortunately, there’s no such 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 (regardless how hard you try). If you’re ear itches like this, it’s even more aggravating than that spot on your back.

Itchy ears can affect your daily life

At first glance, it sounds like a minor thing. It’s just itchy ears, right? At least you’re not in horrible pain.

Here’s something to consider: There’s no alleviation for an itchy ear. No big deal, if it only happens now and then. But what if your ears are always itchy? You could find yourself, and your quality of life, significantly impacted.

Maybe the sensation is so unpleasant that you stop going out for dinner or seeing friends. Maybe you start listening to music at increasing volumes attempting to drown out that itchy feeling.

It’s not fun at all. But treatments and solutions do exist. 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 why are your ears itchy? And what can be done about it? The treatment for itching ears is going to vary depending on the root cause. Your ears might be being impacted by many root causes, as with many medical conditions. Among the most prevalent are the following:

  • Ear infections: That’s correct, the source of your itchy ears could be a normal ear infection. Ear infections can occur at any time in life but happen more frequently when you’re younger. And when they do, fluid can accumulate in your ears. In addition, the tissues in your ears can begin to become inflamed. Extremely itchy ears can be the outcome of this trapped fluid and irritated tissue. Addressing the infection with your doctor’s help is the answer. Your ears will normally stop itching when the infection clears up.
  • Skin disorders: Sometimes, a skin condition can cause a response in places you can’t itch. There’s even a condition called ear dandruff that can occur. Your doctor will be able to help you determine what your options are. putting moisturizer in your ear isn’t a viable or safe solution, after all. Once again, your doctor will be the best one to help you deal with skin conditions that cause itchy ears!
  • Allergies: Allergies are tricky, and it’s not unusual for them to cause itching. In some instances, an over-the-counter allergy medication, like an antihistamine, can alleviate itching caused by allergies. It’s frequently challenging to figure out precisely what you’re having an allergic reaction to. But itchy ears can result from a large number of allergens, including pollen. Itchy ears could quickly come from your spring hay fever. If the itching continues, you should talk to an allergist about finding a solution (and relief).
  • 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 turn into irritation and itchiness when your hearing aids don’t fit correctly. Your hearing can be negatively affected if this causes you to stop using your hearing aids as often. Making an appointment with us for a proper fitting is the solution. In some situations, hearing aids may even be custom molded to custom fit your ears.
  • You have an earwax blockage: Look, it’s completely normal for your ears to generate a copious amount of wax. You may be surprised to find out that wax is actually cleaning your ears. But there are a number of reasons why blockages can develop. 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. We can, in any case, help you get rid of any earwax difficulties. So making an appointment can help bring you some relief.

Getting treatment for your itchy ears, and comfort

Itchy ears can take the pleasure out of pretty much everything. Finding the right treatment, and getting sustained relief can be absolutely life changing. If you attempt to simply wait it out, you will most likely extend your suffering because it’s not likely that the itching will go away on its own.

Stop paying attention to your itchy ears and get back to enjoying your life. Call us for a consultation.

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