Receiver in Canal Hearing Aids

Receiver In Canal hearing aids are worn behind the ear, much like the slightly larger BTE aids. RIC hearing aids are a popular choice as they offer a great balance between technology, discretion and comfort.

Receiver-in-canal hearing aids.

What are RIC hearing aids?

RIC hearing aids consist of a small shell that sits behind your ear, which contains the microphones. It is connected to a small wire that goes over the top of your ear, which has a dome on the other end containing the receiver (speaker). The dome sits in your ear canal, hence “receiver in canal”.

Laura James, Audiologist at The Hearing Care Partnership, adds “Receiver in canal hearing aids provide a comfortable fit and are easy to use. RIC hearing aids offer a versatile combination of discretion, advanced technology and enhanced listening experience, making them a great choice for people with various types of hearing loss.”

Benefits of RIC hearing aids

  • Discreet – RIC hearing aids are very discreet, as their small size means most people won’t even notice them. It also means they are lightweight and comfortable.
  • Less acoustic feedback – Due to the microphone and receiver being relatively far apart on RIC hearing aids, they don’t cause the same feedback that smaller in-ear aids can.
  • Connectivity – Most RIC hearing aids now have Bluetooth connectivity. This enables the wearer to stream phone calls directly through their aids, as well as music and video from a phone or TV depending on the capabilities of your device.
  • Battery options – Receiver In Canal hearing aids are currently available with both single use battery and rechargeable options, although rechargeable is becoming increasingly popular for its convenience and ease of use, particularly for individuals with dexterity issues who may struggle with small batteries.

How do RIC hearing aids work?

Audiologist Laura James explains, “the small shell of a RIC hearing aid that sits behind your ear contains the microphones. These collect sounds and convert them into electrical signals. Those signals then travel down the thin wire that comes out over the top of your ear and go to the dome that sits in your ear canal. Unlike with BTE aids where everything is in the outer shell, with RIC aids the receiver (speaker) sits within the dome, closer to your eardrum to give the best possible sound quality.”

How much do RIC hearing aids cost?

The cost of RIC hearing aids can vary hugely according to the level of technology that is inside, with prices for a pair of aids ranging from less than £2,000 to over £5,000 as part of our complete Hearing Care Packages

Why not book an appointment with your local audiologist for more information on the costs of the specific technology you are interested in?

What is the difference between CIC and RIC hearing aids?

There are a few differences to consider when choosing between RIC hearing aids and CIC hearing aids. Completely In Canal hearing aids are designed to be as discreet as possible. They are custom-moulded to sit comfortably inside the ear canal, which means they are almost invisible from the outside. However, their small size means they are often restricted on the level of technology they can include, with very few offering Bluetooth or other additional features.

Receiver In Canal hearing aids offer more of a compromise between size and technology. They are relatively small in comparison to BTE aids, but are still more visible than CIC hearing aids because one part of them sits behind your ear. However, this means that the receiver and microphone are much further apart than a CIC aid, so they are less prone to sound interference. It also makes them very versatile, suitable for many levels of hearing loss, and allows them to incorporate a huge range of technologies to support your lifestyle.

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If you think Receiver In Canal hearing aids might be a good choice for you, why not book a free hearing aid review at your local hearing centre? Alternatively, if you’re new to the world of hearing health, you can book a free hearing test?

Our expert audiologist will discuss your lifestyle needs and personal preferences, carry out a free assessment to check your current hearing levels and help you find your most suitable hearing aids. To book, call us on 0800 52 00 546 or click below to book online.

More Hearing Aids from THCP

In-the-ear hearing aid.


ITE hearing aids provide more powerful amplification than in-canal aids, while still using a relatively discreet custom-moulded shell.

Black in-the-canal shell hearing aids, Starkey Evolv model.


ITC hearing aids are custom-moulded to sit inside your ear canal, and are therefore smaller than ITE aids, but not as fiddly as CIC or IIC devices.

Completely-in-canal hearing aid.


CIC hearing aids are small, custom-moulded devices that sit inside your ear, ideal for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.

Invisible-in-canal hearing aid.


IIC hearing aids are the smallest devices available, packing incredible technology into a tiny shell that is virtually invisible when worn.

Behind-the-ear hearing aid.


Suitable for a broad range of losses, BTE hearing aids are powerful, easy to handle and full of the latest technology.