Allergic reaction to Ear Buds Pro

I purchased the Ear Buds Pro back in February and coincidentally (or so I thought) had an ear infection in both ears shortly thereafter. The symptoms were itchy ears with drainage. Disgusting, I know.

I stopped using the Ear Buds Pro out of necessity, having gone to a specialist and being prescribed ear drops to remedy the infection. Several weeks passed and I put my Ear Buds back in. Within hours, I had the symptoms of a full feeling in both ears and eventually the itchy feeling with drainage. I began to wonder if it was still the remnants of the ear infection of the Ear Buds themselves. So I waited for the symptoms to clear (roughly 72 hours) and then I tried them on again. Same symptoms.

After doing much research, I thought it may be the silicone tips. So I replaced them with foam and hypoallergenic silicone tips. Same symptoms!

Having done more research, I’m finding that there may be nickel in the Ear Buds that is causing this allergic reaction. It seems to be not uncommon with AirPods Pro and Galaxy Buds Pro.

I’m wondering if anyone else is experiencing the same symptoms. Perhaps, this is something Wyze should look into for future revisions of the hardware.

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OMG You described my issue exactly! Thank you for posting! I have had my Wyze Buds Pro since they first came out and only in the past 2 months did I start having those issues. (Thought I was crazy when I had that drainage and I’m a nurse) I too went to doc and received ear drops. I finally narrowed it down to these ear buds after an hour long session again with them yesterday (which I love and use sometimes more than my apple air pods). I was just googling anyone’s suggestions for replacement tips as I thought it must be the silicone tip…but seeing your post has made me question if this will help. Thank goodness I have the over-the-ear Wyze version as well…

I’ve had sinus issues over the past few weeks but am recently feeling better. So I tried them again today and so far no drainage. HOWEVER, I did have the feeling of fullness in the ear and itchiness in the ear canal - which has been a precursor to the drainage overnight. I’m not entirely confident I won’t have a reaction but will give it another night and see what happens in the morning.

Hopefully, Wyze will give me a free pair of their next-gen Earbuds for using myself as a human guinea pig :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:. At this point, I’m subjecting myself to these experiments out of pure curiosity.

Well, it’s the following morning and I’m having the same reaction with the drainage. I’m almost certain it’s the EarBuds. Actually, it’s definitely the EarBuds.

I wonder if anyone from Wyze is actually monitoring this thread. I would love to get some feedback from them. Hopefully, they’ll have us test their next version.

I suspect we have a nickel allergy, based on my Google-Fu.

Important: I am not a doctor or am offering medical advice. It’s just a layperson’s opinion based on internet research.