Uncomfortable pressure when using hearing aid

Hearing aid user since 9 years old now 65 years old. Never had any problems until recently had ear infection cleared with antibiotics. Some fluid gathered in inner ear now clearing but when i use my hearing aid pressure builds until uncomfortable behind ear. I only have hearing in one ear so need my aid. Can anyone advise me

If you haven’t been to an ENT do so. If you have and everything looks ok then go to the Audi and get checked out. If your aid is 9 years old it mostly needs adjustments or replacing. Most aids least about 5 years on average.

ENT said all ok. Aid ok do you know what would cause the build up feeling. Could it be Aid is too loud. Only thing I can think of.

For me anytime it sounds that feels that way for me is when the vent is stopped up with wax or the wax guard is stopped up with wax. I wear ITE hearing aids, so I have to be very careful to keep the wax in my ears cleaned out. But if you have had a ear infection I would be a hearing test to see if maybe your hearing as changed. My Audi and I both agree that annual hearing test are extremely important.

Welcome to the forum.
As cvkemp mentioned, plugged vent. If you have had any discharge at all, look at the vent.

Are you using a BTE/RIC, custom aid, or a BTE/RIC with a custom mold?

Another thing I would ask is if you pull the hearing aid out slightly, does the pressure lessen?

Thank you for responding. I’m using a BTE with custom mould. If I persevere sometimes it settles again if I’m outside where I really need my aid. But if at hone I usually remove the aid. My main concern is will I be doing further damage if I leave aid in when pressure builds. My husband thinks my blood pressure could be affecting it when maybe I’m doing a more strenuous task. However my blood pressure is normal for my age in general. Thank you again for any assistance.

Could your ear canal be swollen causing pain with mold in place?

Do me a favor. The next time it happens, pull the hearing out just a tiny bit where it’s not seated all the way in your ear canal, but is still in the ear. Let me know if the pressure subsides when you do that.

I guess I’d want to know if by “pressure” you mean “occlusion”, which could be just a plugged vent or wax guard issue?

On the other hand, if that “pressure” is a form of pain or discomfort, it sounds like it’s related to your physiology - and you may have some kind of swelling or infection going on.

I have successfully “cleared” (or unplugged) my ears using PressureEze, which is a saline nasal spray. But you DON’T want to go clearing your ears if there is fluid around the eardrum.

Thank you for your feedback. I had an infection now cleared and some fluid in middle ear. I am presuming fluid may take time to clear. I was at a loss to work out why hearing aid was causing discomfort at times. I was concerned I could be doing damage by using hearing aid although as you will notice from my first post I am very reliant on aid. Thank you again for taking the time.

In answer to your question it helps a little.
Thank you for your feedback. I had an infection now cleared and some fluid in middle ear. I am presuming fluid may take time to clear. I was at a loss to work out why hearing aid was causing discomfort at times. I was concerned I could be doing damage by using hearing aid although as you will notice from my first post I am very reliant on aid. Thank you again for taking the time.
Having used an aid for 56years with no problems I am struggling to understand some things.

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I meant the mechanism of why aid may cause discomfort. I communicate with aid and lip reading. Sorry for any mus communication. Kind regards.

Thank you. My concern was that the mold may be too tight of a fit or may not have enough venting thereby creating an occlusion effect. If you pull out the mold slightly and get some relief, this is information your audi/specialist should know. I would urge you to let your fitter know this. He/she may be able to adjust the mold for you and give you more comfort while your ear heals. I would contact your fitter as soon as possible. I don’t think you are causing damage, but I’m not a doctor, and I would rather you be safe than sorry.