If you’ve recently been fitted with a new hearing aid, you know it’s an expensive hearing instrument. With super-sensitive electronics, it’s also delicate and requires specific daily care to keep it working optimally. Caring for your hearing aid is not difficult or time-consuming, but consistency is the key. Follow these three important daily practices, and you’ll go a long way in preserving the longevity and functionality of your new hearing aid.

Establish a cleaning routine

Whatever time you choose to clean your hearing aid, it’s important to do it on a daily basis to remove any earwax, dirt or moisture it has accumulated during its last running cycle. Use only a soft, dry clot (preferably one specifically made to clean hearing aids) and approved cleaning tools on the electronic components. The earmold is the exception. One you’ve removed it, you can clean it with mild soap and water, then air dry it or use a forced air blower (but never a blow dryer). Only reattach the earmold when it is completely dry.

Keep moisture at bay

Moisture is one of the worst things for your hearing aid’s electronic components, but considering the moist environment of the ear canal, body sweat, atmospheric humidity and precipitation, it poses a constant threat. Whenever you hearing aid can be protected from direct moisture, do so – whether wearing a hat, staying inside a rainy days or removing your hearing aid before vigorous physical activity. When you can’t prevent it from getting a little damp, eliminate residual moisture by storing it in a drying container at night with the battery removed.

Perform listening checks with your devices

Maintaining your hearing aid also includes staying tuned in to how well it’s doing its job. Using a listening tube and the instructions provided by your audiologist, conduct listening tests to make sure sound is clear and strong, rather than scratchy, weak, intermittent or exhibiting internal feedback. If you hear any of these problems, contact your audiologist to have them checked, adjusted or repaired professionally.

You don’t have to be an expert in hearing aid care to follow these simple tips for maintaining your hearing aid’s optimum functionality. Take good care of your hearing aid by being diligent, careful and responsible with it and it will take care of you.