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Receiver-in-Canal (RIC)

The receiver-in-canal RIC style is an open fit hearing aid that sits behind your ear and feeds sound through a thin tube that connects to your ear canal. It's one of the smallest types of behind-the-e

RIC hearing aids are discreet with the largest part (containing the battery) tucked discreetly behind your ear. A thin, clear tube runs over the top of your ear and down to the ear canal where a cone-shaped speaker sits. The speaker is designed to allow some air to pass through, which reduces the occlusion effect or "plugged" feeling.

Despite its small size, the RIC hearing aid has ample room for a variety of features and is relatively easy to adjust, remove, and insert manually.

Standard BTE models typically house the loudspeakers in the case placed behind the ear, though the RIC hearing aid places the speakers inside the ear canal. As the sound is transferred directly to the ear, this model requires less energy and uses fewer batteries.

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  • Reduced Occlusion or “plugged up” feeling
  • Minimizes sounds of your own voice with ear canal space
  • Small casings tuck behind the ear
  • Discreet tubing
  • Longer battery life
  • The receiver is at risk of moisture damage
  • Less intrusive placement makes them easier to lose
More than half of all patients experiencing hearing loss are good candidates for RIC hearing aids. These can be used to treat mild to moderately severe hearing loss for people with reasonable dexterity and a moderately active lifestyle.

Hearing loss versus lifestyle

RIC hearing aids are popular because of their discreet appearance and comfort. Technological advancements have also made them more versatile with stream options such as wireless connectivity and streaming.