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Itchy Ears

Noel Cohen, MD

November 3, 2003

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Question

What contributes to itching ears, not just for those who wear hearing aids, but also for those who do not?

Answer

The two most common causes of itching ears are infection of the outer ear canal, and excessive cleaning of the ears. Wax serves a protective purpose, by preventing the ear canal skin from drying out: removing all the wax allows the skin to dry, and dry skin is itchy skin.

Noel Cohen

Noel L. Cohen, M.D., FACS
Professor
Department of Otolaryngology
NYU School of Medicine


Noel Cohen, MD

Mendik Foundation Professor of Otolaryngology and Chairman, Departments of Otolaryngology and Administration New York University Medical Center


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