One of the newest subsets of behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid styles is the receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aid. Nearly invisible, while still providing superior sound quality, RICs are an excellent choice for many who are seeking better hearing in a small, unobtrusive package! You may be a great candidate for this style!
Also known as receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) hearing aids, RICs are purported to improve the quality of sound over similar open-fit BTEs available in today’s market. Like open-fit BTEs, RICs have a similar fit.
A small casing, housing the internal workings of the hearing instrument, sits atop the outer visible portion of the ear. This casing is usually low profile and nearly invisible.
With traditional and open-fit BTEs, this casing houses the entire mechanics of the hearing instrument and sends the signal to the ear by means of a thin tube connected to a small flexible dome or custom ear piece. With RICs, the receiver (small loudspeaker) actually sits in the outer ear canal, and the tubing connecting the behind the ear portion is replaced by a small thin wire leading to the receiver.
A small flexible dome or custom ear piece houses the receiver, protecting the speaker as it sits in the ear. This deep placement of the receiver has been shown to provide better, more natural sound quality.
These hearing aids are well suited for a wide range of hearing impairment (mild to severe)! A variety of styles, colors, and options are available.
They are so small; many will not even know you are wearing anything! Ask your hearing healthcare provider about your candidacy for RIC hearing aids today!
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