If you wear hearing aids every day, you may notice you have excessive ear wax and moisture building up inside your ear canals. This may be especially true on hot, humid days. If this is happening to you, use the following homemade solution for cleaning your ears after you remove your hearing aids.
What You Will Need
Before you begin, gather the following supplies and ingredients. You can find what you need in pharmacies and department stores.
- Small glass
- One teaspoon of rubbing alcohol
- One teaspoon of white distilled vinegar
- One drop of tea tree oil
- One toothpick
- Two cotton swabs
Because of the minute amounts of the cleaning solution, a shot glass may work best for mixing the treatment. It will keep the ingredients in a smaller space and make applying the treatment to the cotton swabs easier.
The alcohol in the solution absorbs excess moisture and dries out the skin. It also kills germs. The vinegar also serves as an anti-bacterial.
The tea tree oil is a natural anti-fungal. If you are having problems with a lot of moisture in your ear canals, it could be creating an environment that promotes fungal growth. The tea tree oil can kill any existing spores, as well as prevent new ones from taking root in your skin.
Now that you have what you need, follow the directions below for mixing and using the homemade treatment.
- Pour the ingredients into the glass.
- Use the toothpick to thoroughly mix the ingredients together.
- Dip one end of one of the cotton swabs into the mixture, saturating the tip.
- Gently apply the treatment to the outer part of your ear and directly inside your ear canal. Do not force the swab deeply into the canal, as this could damage the ear drum.
- Dip the other end of the swab into the mixture and repeat the application in the other ear.
- After a couple of minutes, use the other swab to remove any excess solution from within the ear canal. Use one tip for each ear.
- Replace your hearing aids, if you desire.
Using the above homemade treatment should keep your ear canals clean. However, if you notice a strange odor or increase in your ear wax production, you may want to speak to the doctor who prescribed your hearing aids to see if they have any recommendations for keeping both your ears and appliances clean. For more information on hearing aids, talk to a professional like County Hearing And Balance.Share