RIC Hearing Aids—What Are They?
The newest development in behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids is here – receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aids! These aids may also be called receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) hearing aids. So slim, discreet, and stylish, these hearing aids are hard to detect, other you’re your suddenly improved hearing! Great sound quality due to deep placement of the speaker (receiver), these may be your hearing aids!
Very similar to open-fit BTEs cosmetically, there are a few major differences between the two. Open-fit BTEs are made up of the hearing aid sitting on top of the outer ear, a small tube running along the front of the ear, coupled to a small pliable tip or custom ear piece in the ear. The tube and ear piece funnel sound from the hearing aid to the ear. RIC hearing aids, however, house the speaker in the ear by replacing the tube with a small thin coated wiring connected to the speaker protected by a flexible tip or ear piece in the outer ear canal. Placing the speaker in close proximity with the ear drum allows for less loss of sound and improved sound quality!
These tiny advanced digital hearing aids fit a wide range of hearing losses, from mild to severe. A variety of styles, brands, and colors are available from skin tone to more bold color choices! Nearly undetectable, these aids are a great choice for those worried about cosmetics! One may be ready for you! Ask your hearing healthcare professional about your candidacy and purchase of a RIC hearing aid!