Gentlemen, Is Excess Ear Hair Affecting the Performance of Your Hearing Aids?

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Noticing muffled sounds or constantly having to fiddle with the placement of your hearing aids in your ears? Part of the reason could be from your ear hair dislodging your hearing aids!

One of the most common traits of aging in men is an abundance of hair in places it shouldn’t be – especially in the ears.

Many men deal with excessive ear hair; it’s exceedingly common and a topic that should be addressed for men that wear hearing aids, as it could be affecting their performance.

Noticing muffled sounds or constantly having to fiddle with the placement of your hearing aids in your ears? Part of the reason could be from your ear hair dislodging your hearing aids!

Why Is There Hair in My Ears?

There are two different types of hair found in and around the ear: vellus hairs, which grow on the outer portion of the ear and can grow long and thick with age, and tragi hairs, which are thick terminal hairs that become prominent in the ear canal’s opening, often occurring more in men than women.

Ear hair protects the ear canal by preventing debris, dust, and even insects from entering, but thick tragi hairs can cause several hearing health issues.

If your in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids won’t stay in your ears, it’s not just immense frustration that you’re facing – you’re losing the hearing they’re giving you back as a result of thick tragi hair pushing against the earmolds. Custom earmolds will be taken for your fitting, but tragi hairs are trimmed if needed, which can lead to dislodging when the hairs grow again.

Excessive ear hair can block your hearing aids from working properly, but keeping it under control is easy and an important part of getting the most out of your hearing aids. Round-tipped scissors or specific ear hair trimmers will work best for removing it.

Permanent laser removal can also be considered if you find it hard to trim it regularly or if your hair grows back fast. When performed by a licensed professional, it could save you a lot of frustration.

Taking care of your ear health is just as important as your hearing health. With the help of hearing care professionals like our team, you can get your ear hair under control and fully utilize your hearing aids once more!

Concerned about Your Hearing Aids?

If you’re reading this and you think you’re not getting the most out of your hearing aids, you’re missing out on more than just the things you can’t hear.

No matter whether your hearing aids are limited by excessive ear hair, earwax, moisture, or other conditions that are hindering their true potential, the team at South Shore Hearing Center is here to help you get your hearing aids back to fighting form.

Schedule a hearing aid repair with us here, or find your closest clinic and give us a call at

South Weymouth: 781-337-6860,
Hanover: 781-826-4711, or
Sharon: 781-784-1944.

Schedule Your Hearing Assessment Today—Hear Better, Live Longer

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Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Jennifer G. Mayer purchased South Shore Hearing Center in January 2016. She was born and raised in Swampscott, MA. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing in 1996 from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and her Master’s degree in audiology from the Northeastern University in 1998. Dr. Mayer fulfilled her Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) in 1999 at Hear USA and Cape Cod Ear, Nose and Throat. Following her CFY, Dr. Mayer was a staff audiologist in various clinical settings, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She joined the South Shore Hearing Center staff in 2006. Dr. Mayer obtained her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from the A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2008. Dr. Mayer’s specialties are diagnostic audiology, pediatric and adult amplification and educational audiology. Dr. Mayer is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Audiology and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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