I'm not aware of any high quality scientific study that has shown this to be the case, but the majority of my patients who have used Miracell have reported improvement or total elimination of itching. Miracell claims to contain numerous oils including apricot kernel oil, sesame oil, avocado oil, and jojoba oil. I'm not sure how they came up with this formula, but I think the mechanism of itchiness relief comes down to moisturization of dry skin. In the ear canal, overly dry skin can be caused overly aggressive rubbing of Q-tips.
There's more to it than a yes or no answer, unfortunately. Itchy ears can have a number of causes, anywhere from allergy to infection. It's important that the root cause of any prolonged or intrusive itchiness be addressed first with a qualified provider (i.e. family practice, ENT or dermatology), particularly if there is also pain or swelling involved. Itchiness can also be related to cerumen (earwax) problems, which can be addressed by ENT or audiology.
Most management plans for chronically itchy ears will include maintenance of a slightly lower ear canal pH level, treatment of any underlying allergic response, treatment of inflammation, then management of dry skin.
If itchiness is only in the areas touched by the hearing aid's earpiece, it's important to address any allergic responses by working with your provider to obtain a hypoallergenic device coating/casing/alternative. You might want to reduce exposure to shampoos/conditioners and hair products in/around the ears as well.
If all medical needs have been addressed and the current goal is just to manage dry skin induced itchiness, then yes, 1-2 drops of mineral oil per ear once a week has been suggested as a form of management.
It's usually best when handling itchy responses to reduce the amount of things the body is exposed to. Baby oil can be any number of different things, and often contains a mixture of oils (almond, sunflower seed, olive etc.) in addition to fragrances. Mineral oil, on the other hand, is just mineral oil. Pharmaceutical sweet oil (as opposed to health/beauty "sweet oil") is national formulary standardized olive oil.
What Cynthia Modrosic said is so true-it depends on what is causing the itching. I have patients use a few drops of mineral oil (baby oil is also often used by ENT physicians to keep flaky dry wax or skin from itching and becoming hard/difficult to remove) once or twice a week before bed if the ear canals are dry or there are issues with flaky wax or skin. I have had patients with psoriasis of the ear canal, a true dermatitis, fungal, and bacterial infections. I will have them see an Ear Nose and Throat physician for treatment. Regular disinfection of hearing aids can help reduce these issues as well. I have also used Miracell with patients and it works very well-it is just more expensive than mineral oil.
I hope this is helpful!
I told patients to use baby oil for years as recommended by one of my supervisors. My patients said it didn't help. I tried it myself and it didn't help. My coworker suggests using hand lotion with Aloe in it. I put a little on a qtip and that helped a lot. More recently I have recommended Miracell drops. You can find them at a pharmacy but a lot of Audiologist keep it in stock as well. It is an oily drop and it is backed by research to help repair the sensitive skin in the ear canal.
I personally think its a little strange to use an oil for cooking (mineral, sweet, olive) in the ears. But a lot of people do say it helps. The purpose of any oily drops in ears is to moisturize dry skin. Do not use any drops in your ears if you have a tube or hole in your eardrum. Otherwise all the options discussed should not be harmful to try.
My experience has found mineral oil or hypoallergenic baby oil is helpful to relieve itching in the ear.
Before retiring at night put a small amount of the oil on the tip of your little finger
and rub the inside of the canal. In the morning when you wake the oil will have been absorbed into the skin and give some relief
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