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Old 05-21-2005, 04:16 PM   #1
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Ear swelling, tenderness from wearing hearing aids

Hi....I've been hearing-impaired for many years and am really frustrated at not being able to hear (and it is getting worse). I do have hearing aids but they only amplify everything that I don't want to hear and what I do want to hear sounds the same way, just louder. For those of you who wear hearing aids, I have a question.....have you ever gotten outer ear infections, where your ear swells and really hurts and there's no way you can get the aid in?? What causes this? It happens to me quite often. I'm thinking it is bacteria from having these aids in all the time, but I don't know. Is there somthing I need to get to clean the aids with each day?? I also suffer from tinnitus in both ears, and it never stops. Sometimes I can hear 2 or 3 different sounds at one time in my right ear, but I've learned to live with it. One hearing specialist told me that I should consider the cochlear implant, but I don't think so. (1....seems to me it wouldn't be normal hearing at all, and 2), there's no way I could afford it as it is very expensive and I'm not sure that there is any insurance company that would pay for this surgery, and 3), would I want go through all of this just to be very disappointed that it wasn't what I hoped for? Hope you can give me some advice here. Not on the cochlear implant, as I've already decided that I'm not having it done. Thanks for listening.
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Old 05-21-2005, 05:26 PM   #2
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Re: Ear swelling, tenderness from wearing hearing aids

hi! Bless your heart I know this must be frusterating. On May 5 this year I started 2 days before my birthday having a ear infrection and it went away a week later then I started having a e/f again but this time with sinis. Do you have any symtoms of sinis or could be ear wax. They say try a nasal degongetion it worked for me and got rid of my e/f in 1 day.
You may have a problem with the hearing aid bothering your ear and causing problems a infection.
I hope you get it taken care of soon. I know from my ears it was the left then the right one started stopping up then started ringing how aggervating this is just for 1 week and again.
I hope you get the problem solved.
please let us know I care.
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Old 06-01-2005, 10:36 AM   #3
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Re: Ear swelling, tenderness from wearing hearing aids

First do you use an audiologist?
An audiologist has a master's degree in speech and hearing and can detect medical diseases of the ear, and the hearing aid specialist is a technician who understands the technical aspects of hearing aids.

I've always gone to audiologist for my insurance doesn't accept any other.
Several years ago I had some that didn't fit correctly at first and made my ears sore.
Last few years I use the ones that fit completely inside the canal and never have a problem. They cost $5600 a pair but do an excellent job. They have been the best I've ever had.

 
Old 06-07-2005, 06:27 PM   #4
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Re: Ear swelling, tenderness from wearing hearing aids

I've worn a hearing aid since I was 5 years old and I'm 26 now. I get those infections at least once a year. I guess it's inevitable since I wear this thing for most of my waking hours. I absolutely despise them cos they really drill me into the ground from pain, but I've gotten used to them by now.

I have tinnitus every now and then, but it's no biggie. It came from the sounds that the audiologist pumps in my ears to test me. beep. beep. BEEP. lasts maybe 5 seconds and I get it once every 2 weeks maybe.

I am also deaf in my right ear and I have considered a coclear, but I think I'm going to hold out till something better comes along. They already regrew inner ear hairs in mice with stem cell research, so who knows? I lost my hearing from meningitis and I'd rather wait for a possible cure than have a box mounted to my skull.

 
Old 06-08-2005, 01:54 PM   #5
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Re: Ear swelling, tenderness from wearing hearing aids

Hi there. I've been wearing hearing aids since I was 4 years old and I am 22 now. I wear the behind the ear kind and every once in a while my ears get raw from wearing the hearing aids. Usually I just try wearing one hearing aid at a time, until it feels better.

I completely understand how you feel about the hearing aids amplifying EVERY THING and it can be very annoying. My hearing aids did that at first but I was assured that I would get used to it, and my ears and brain would block out the annoying sounds after awhile. What I did to help myself get used to it was turn my hearing aids down to wear I can bare it. Then gradually turn them up after a few days when I've gotten used to it.

The reason I like hearing aids, is the freedom to take them off as I please. About your ears swelling up, I would contact your doctor.

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Old 07-31-2005, 10:55 PM   #6
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Re: Ear swelling, tenderness from wearing hearing aids

i've had my hearing aids for about seven months. they've been fine. should i worry about an outer ear infection? I normally just have cronic inner ear infections.

 
Old 09-10-2005, 06:44 PM   #7
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Re: Ear swelling, tenderness from wearing hearing aids

I have worn hearing aids for over 40 years. Learned early that infection starts because clean air is not getting into the ear. Went to the doctor, paid him $56.00 to tell me to put alcohol in my ear. Not just any alcohol, but La****l. You can get it off the shelf or you may have to have it ordered. I pour a cap full in each ear once a week and it keeps the infection away.

I have tried other brands of alcohol, but La****l is the only one that is pure enough to do the job it is supposed to, so don't accept any subistution.

At times the ears hurt because the earmolds are changed slightly. Maybe you put in a new tube or cut off a little off the tube and the mold does not sit the way it is used to. It will take a little time, but the ear will adapt.

 
Old 09-10-2005, 07:36 PM   #8
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Ouch...sounds harmful to me, but I'm not a doctor. I put my aids in when I wake up and don't take them out until it's time for me to take a shower at night. They can really be smelly...I know that sounds gross, but it's true. Do you use anything in particular to clean your hearing aids?? I wipe mine with an anti-bacterial wipe (like baby wipes). I know I have to be careful not to let anything get inside or it would ruin them. As far as the little tube, I have to cut the thing off, as I can't stand it jabbing my ear. My right hearing-aid doesn't fit right and I have some feedback, which other people can hear but I can't, so I'm constantly pushing that aid in to make sure it's in all the way, and that litle tube hurts. I lost a good amount of weight, and when I told my audiologist about it not fitting right, the first thing he asked me was if I had lost weight. He used some kind of compound (?) to supposedly fill in where it was too loose. The feedback is not nearly as bad since having that done, but I still have to have someone tell me when they hear it. Funny thing is, my left aid never causes me any problem.
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Old 09-11-2005, 03:42 PM   #9
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Re: Ear swelling, tenderness from wearing hearing aids

I've noticed the odor also. Only notice it when I wear them all day. I've cleaned mine with Listrene... very carefully.

Little tube? What is that? Maybe because mine are in the canal and don't have a tube?

 
Old 09-11-2005, 07:11 PM   #10
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Re: Ear swelling, tenderness from wearing hearing aids

I wear an in-the-ear hearing aid also. Do you wear the really small ones? Mine is not one of the small ones (unfortunately) but when I purchased the aids, they both had a small clear plastic tube protuding from the end that sits directly into your ear canal. Are you referring to Listerine mouthwash that you use to clean yours? Thanks.
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Old 09-12-2005, 08:23 AM   #11
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Re: Ear swelling, tenderness from wearing hearing aids

Yes, mine are really small, they are hardly noticeable. This is my second pair and I really like them.
Yes, I'm talking about Listerine mouthwash... seems to help with the odor.. probably due to the 27 % alcohol content.
I think the above poster, omurra, is right about the cause of odor. I don't know what he means when he says he is using La****??

 
Old 09-12-2005, 04:24 PM   #12
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Neither do I....must be a brand name and maybe brand names aren't allowed on this board?? You are lucky that you only have to wear the small ones. I don't wear behind-the-ear aids, but mine are big enough that they are noticable. I wear my hair short but keep my ears covered. I must have been experiencing feed-back today. I stopped at a convenience store on the way home from work, and a girl in front of me turned around with this grin on her face and covered her ears. I'm going, OMG.....the stupid thing is whistling again LOL. If I put my hand over the side of my face and cover my aid, I can definitely hear that whistling noise, but when it's not in properly, or the battery is getting low that causes the feedback, now that I cannot hear. It's so embarrassing!! I could use a new pair even though mine are only 3 years old but they are so expensive!!! Health insurance doesn't help pay for them.
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Old 09-12-2005, 05:06 PM   #13
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Re: Ear swelling, tenderness from wearing hearing aids

Maybe so about brand names but I did mention one... it may get deleted.

Sorry about your feed-back problem. Feed-back can be very annoying. I had it in one of my last pair but the audiologist was able to make an adjustment to correct it. I guess you have discussed the problem with your audiologist.

You mention about battery getting low... on mine they beep twice just seconds before the battery goes dead.

I'm very lucky about my hearing problem for it's not severe, also that Workers Comp pays for mine... they are very expensive. I feel for people that have to purchase their own.

 
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