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I have had hearing aids for a few years now.  I first went to discuss my earing problem in my right ear only to be told I had a double perforation in my left!  Operation to skin graft a new drum over and I was left with 40% hearing on that side.  Now with 2 aids I have constantly suffered with infections and have been told the problem is that I need the aids to hear but the aids cause the build up of moisture which causes the infections.  Advice given is to use the aids only when I need to.

So now every conversation starts with, 'please excuse me while I put my hearing aids in'.  Surely theres a better way?  Advice anyone?

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    Is this a BTE (behind the ear with the speaker wire attached to a dome in the ear canal), or one molded to fit inside your ear?  I wear BTE and there are different kind of domes you can use, some are solid for a better fit and sound quality, others have perforations that allow for some ventilation.  I use those and so far (3 years now), no ear infections.  
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      I started with ventilated aids but now have solids, problems been the same with each.
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      Ouch. So sorry to hear that.  I would think that the solids would exacerbate this kind of problem, that's for sure.  Do you take them out when you're exercising or sweating? 
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      I try to be selective about wearing them to reduce the amount of time I have them in, but I find even for a short while, they cause me to sweat within my ears.

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