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My ears itch when I wear my completely-in-the-canal hearing aids. The hearing aids are otherwise perfect. What can I do?

The first step is to contact your Hearing Care Professional and discuss this issue. Though the majority of people fit with custom hearing instruments do not experience any reaction, there is a possibility that your ears are not accustomed to the presence of the new objects themselves, or the physical make-up of the particular shells. Your Hearing Care Professional will need to assess your specific case to determine the cause and/or solution. It is possible that you may need to apply a liquid lubricant to the aids before inserting them into your ears. There are a number of brands available and your Hearing Care Professional will discuss the various options with you.

Another consideration is that your ear may be allergic to the specific composition of the shell itself. In this case, it may be necessary to have the shell reconstructed using a biocompatible process. One example of such a process is the Siemens LasR (laser accurate scan replication) shell manufacturing process. This process is designed using polymer materials and is currently standard for most custom-built Siemens hearing instruments. In addition, you should consider contacting your physician to ensure that you do not have an underlying infection that needs to be treated medically. Your physician may also recommend a topical cortisone type ointment to help diminish the itching.

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