Allergic contact dermatitis from hearing aid materials

Apra Sood, James S. Taylor

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A 65-year-old woman presented with dermatitis of the ear canal. The dermatitis had developed after she started wearing hearing aids that fit into the ear canals. Patch-test results were positive for (1) several acrylics, including polyethylene glycol dimethacrylate and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate, which were present in the hearing aid shell; (2) the hearing aid shell materials; and (3) the finish coat. The dermatitis resolved after she discontinued wearing the hearing aid, and a device with a silicone earpiece to be worn behind the ear was recommended as an alternative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-50
Number of pages3
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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