Eczema in ears

I am writing on behalf of my sister who doesn't have access to a computer and would like to ask if anyone knows of hearing aids that are suitable for someone whose eczema is exacerbated by wearing these aids. Is there one on the market that is hyper allergenic?
Thank you.
  • It is very sad to read of the suffering some people go through because of a relatively minor condition such as eczema in the ear. Some posters have been to specialists, who have told them there is no cure.

    Why me? It may be the obvious question that you may ask yourself or the doctor when there is intense itching in the ear caused due to eczema in ears. Perhaps you may not be aware, that you are not the only one. There are thousands of cases of eczema in ear.

    Eczema is a skin condition which can occur anywhere on the body. It can affect any age group. The deep seated itching inside the ear due to eczema can be quiet maddening. This inflammatory response of the skin can be influenced by various factors environmental as well as internal.

    However, in adults eczema in ear can become a chronic affair. In this context it is important to know what causes eczema in ear and how to treat it.

    Symptoms Of Eczema In Ear

    Eczema in ear can occur either in the outer ear or in the inner ear canal. The first symptom that may appear is soreness in ear.
    The ear may become red followed by intense itching. Patient has constant urge to scratch.
    The skin around the ear becomes dry and parched. Fluid oozes out from the eczematous site.
    Swelling and pain in ear is another common symptom associated with eczema in ear.

    Remedies For Eczema In Ears

    Keep the ear moisturized as dryness causes irritation and aggravates itching. Apply Vaseline, it is a good moisturizer. Even coconut oil acts as a good moisturizer. It is more suitable when eczema is inside the ear.
    Avoid being in dry air. It encourages the skin to become drier and cause more itching.
    Always clean your ear with warm water before applying the moisturizer. In case of inner ear, use an ear bud cleaner, but be gentle.

    Warm oil is one of the best ways to soothe an itchy ear and it can help to remove excess ear wax.

    One of the simplest ways to do this is to use olive oil to relieve an itchy ear.

    Water and Vinegar

    A water and vinegar solution can be helpful to prevent itchy ears. Dr. William H. Blahd on WebMD recommends a natural remedy to treat itchy ears. Mix one part white vinegar with one part water. Make sure the solution is at body temperature. Using a bulb syringe, gently rinse your ear. and many more remedies you can find online..



  • Hello,  I have eczema, as well, since a few years ago and for me it has been really difficult to accept it. Finding a treatment that actually worked for my type of skin and eczema was a whole journey! Finally, I discovered foderma and the results have been amazing!

  • Hi,

    You can google hypoallergenic ear mold and ask the clinic to use that material for the earmold.

  • Hi kimWright2

    Thank you for your post and welcome to the forum. My name is Jess and I work on the Information Line here at Action on Hearing Loss.

    There is an alternative way of fitting behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids that doesn’t involve an earmould. This is called an ‘open ear fitting’ and uses a thinner tube and a smaller, soft earpiece at the tip of the tubing instead of an earmould. Open- fitting hearing aids are now also fitted routinely on the NHS. These fittings can be less visible than earmoulds and can give you a more natural sound, but they are only suitable if your hearing loss is mild or moderate.

    Some audiology departments are also beginning to issue receiver-in-the-canal aids. They look similar to open fitting aids, but are more suitable for severe hearing loss.

    Therefore we would encourage your Sister to go back and discuss her symptoms with the Audiologist. At the appointment a full assessment would be carried out to help identify her condition and get her hearing aids changed if possible.

    I hope this information has helped and I'm sure our other forum members will post shortly to offer some further information.

    Best wishes,
  • My hearing aids were coated in a special substance which has made quite a bit of difference...which got even better when I started using Simple colour no fragrance