Bacteria development is often expected in hearing aids because of the moisture that develops when you are wearing them. Unless this moisture is removed immediately, it creates a breeding ground for all types of bacteria. The bacteria will transfer to your teen's ear, and this can result in a painful ear infection. Therefore, it is always important to help your teen keep bacteria at bay. One of the easiest ways to do this is with the help of antibacterial sprays. Finding and buying or making the right sprays could be overwhelming for your teen to do on their own. Fortunately, there are a few sprays that you can make for them.
Peppermint and Orange Spray
Sprays made of oranges and peppermint are some of the most common household sprays because of their smell and antibacterial properties. Oranges are lusted after not only because of their citrusy taste and scent but also because they are packed full of antiviral and antifungal properties. Peppermint is full of its own share of bacteria-fighting properties called antibacterials. In order to get the best hearing-aid spray, boil a pot of hot water and remove it from the stove. Add several drops of both peppermint and orange oil to the mix along with fresh peppermint leaves. Allow the items to sit for a few hours and then transfer the liquid to a small spray bottle. Spray the contents of the bottle onto your teen's hearing device and use a clean cloth to work the spray over the entire device. Allow your teen's hearing aid to dry completely before placing it in their ear.
Lavender and Grapefruit Spray
Lavender and grapefruit are often used for different purposes. Lavender is seen as a calming herb and contains antibacterials. It is used in time of sickness in order to prepare the body for sleep. Grapefruits are often used as an awakening scent in order to jolt the senses. Each herb contains antiviral properties that are great for use in hearing devices. In order to create the mix, you will need both lavender and grapefruit oil. Heat a small pot of water on the stove and transfer it to a small spray bottle. Add several drops of lavender and grapefruit oil along with a few fresh lavender leaves. Allow the mixture to soak before using on your teen's hearing device. Use a clean cloth or cotton ball to thoroughly clean it.
It is important for your teen to keep their hearing aid as free of bacteria as possible. Therefore, use these natural sprays to help them accomplish this goal. For more information about taking care of hearing aids, talk to a company such as Waters ENT Sinus & Allergy.