You need to clean your ears, but never use the q-tip or cotton swab. Instead, lay on your side and pour a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in your ear and let it bubble up for several minutes, then turn and do it to that ear. You do this twice, swapping back and forth. Then you take a shower with a gentle stream of warm water flushing into your ears to flush them out the rest of the way to properly cleaning your ears.
Using a cotton swab in your ears moves the wax around and can cause you issue with compacted wax. You’ll want your ears cleaned to keep your hearing aids from being gunked up, however the hearing aids will still need to be cleaned regardless regularly. Talk to your ENT or audiologist for more information for the proper care for your specific brand of hearing aid.
Always make sure you have a protective binder to store all your medical records within. I keep mine in a brown, zipped portfolio case. This kind of thing is important for a specific reason. You never know when you’re going to need to pull out that medical information out to show off to Social Security or whatever have you. If you have paperwork showing that you’re deaf, have a series of mental disorders, serious medical conditions, high blood pressure, etc, keep all that information in that portfolio.
Likewise keep all information about medications with that portfolio as well and store everything in chronological order.
Should you need something from the portfolio, you’re going to want to make a copy of that to send rather than sending the original risking it getting lost.
I would recommend getting a printer like this, something you can simply just press a button to make a new clean copy. It also doesn’t hurt to have a redundant copy in your portfolio/binder that’s kept with the original in it’s correct chronological order.
Keep all medical records with you, regardless of how trivial you may think it is.