Receiver In Canal (RIC):
Receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids sit behind the ear and deliver sound directly into the ear. This is because the receiver is located outside of the hearing aid itself and instead inside ear canal. The hearing aid and receiver are connected by a discreet ‘receiver wire’ which houses an electrical cable.
Receiver-in-canal models, small, stylish and superbly discreet; its high-end features deliver outstanding hearing, so that wearer with practically all levels of hearing loss can hear effortlessly in every situation. It is attached to the main body of the RIC hearing aid by an electronic wire. With RIC hearing aids, sound is sent directly from the housing behind your ear through a thin wire to the receiver which is in your ear canal. Not only do they provide outstanding sound, they are discreet and are fully automatic.
- A more natural and crisper sound quality given the receiver is located inside the ear canal.
- Can often be more discreet and invisible than custom invisible-in-canal (IIC) and completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aids.
- Different receiver power levels can be fitted and therefore suitable for even profound hearing losses.
- The ability to change receiver power levels means the hearing aid is somewhat ‘future-proof’ if your hearing deteriorates.
- Different ear domes can be fitted to the receiver inside the ear making them suitable for a variety of types of hearing losses.
- Dual-microphones help to improve speech understanding in noise.
- Wireless and telecoil options.
- Discreet design
- Variety of color options available
- Easy to adjust Receiver-in-canal.
- For mild to severe hearing loss
- Not always appropriate if you have poor vision or manual dexterity.
- Microphone more susceptible to damage due to dead skin from behind the ear.
- Loss of natural acoustics provided by the external ear (pinna) that help with localising the direction of sound from in front and behind you.
- Telephone receiver needs to be held in slightly unnatural position over the top of the ear next to the hearing aid microphone.