Receiver In canal Hearing Aids

Similar to the BTE aids sitting on the ear, but smaller, receiver In canal (RIC) or Receiver In The Ear (RITE) hearing aids are a popular choice of aid as they are discreet and comfortable. They provide quality sound, whilst being comfortable enough to not notice yourself once you’re used to wearing them – let alone passers-by!

Receiver-in-canal hearing aids.

What is a Receiver In canal Hearing Aid?

Receiver In canal hearing aids sit on top of the ear and have a thin wire that comes out of the main body. This wire is attached to the receiver (or speaker) this then along with either a dome or custom mould sits closer to the eardrum to give the best quality sound.

How do Receiver In canal Hearing Aids work?

Microphones in the hearing aid unit collect sounds and convert this into electrical signals. These signals are then transmitted down the wire into the receiver, and converted back into sounds, which then comes out next to your eardrum.

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Things to consider

  • Discreet – Receiver in canal hearing aids are very discreet, in fact due to their smaller size, most people won’t even notice that you have one in! The smaller sizing also means they are lightweight and comfortable.
  • Less acoustical feedback – Due to the microphone and receiver being relatively far apart it can cut down feedback to virtually nothing. Your Audiologist will help with the fit and comfort to ensure this.
  • Bluetooth – Most RIC hearing aids also have Bluetooth and streaming capabilities Which allows for direct mobile phone calls and the ability to listen to music and or tinnitus relief sounds*.
  • Battery Life – receiver In canal hearing aids are available in both rechargeable and battery operated options, giving flexible options for more convenience and ease.
  • Dexterity – Depending on the dexterity of a patient, the size of the RIC aids could be difficult to use so a BTE or ITE hearing aid might be more suitable as easier to handle!

Your Audiologist will be able to help you decide what style of hearing aid is best suited to your hearing loss and needs.

* Not all phone and Hearing aids compatible – it is important to check this with your Audiologist.