Let's Talk: Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) Hearing Aids


Niamh Harnett


Receiver in Canal hearing aids are one of the most popular hearing aids on the market. Thanks to advances in hearing aid technology these devices may be small, but they are certainly mighty.

Often RIC hearing aids are confused with BTE hearing aids due to their visual appearance as well as the clever technology they house. However, there are some significant differences, and you can read more about RIC vs BTE here.

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) hearing aids have a small casing that sits behind the ear, and this houses the microphone, amplifier and processor. The speaker or receiver of the hearing aid is located behind a small dome that sits directly in the ear. The casing of the hearing aid and the dome are connected by a thin wire. This design means that the RIC hearing aid is smaller than BTE devices. This also allows the RIC hearing aid to produce a more natural sound resulting in less feedback for the wearer.

The advantages of a Receiver-in-Canal hearing aid:

RIC hearing aids are ideal if you suffer with high frequency hearing loss, for many people this is one of the first signs of hearing loss. RIC devices excel at amplifying high pitched sounds while still creating a natural listening experience. This ability makes RIC hearing aids a particularly good fit for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. Although it is important to note some RIC hearing aids have been specially designed for those with more severe levels of hearing loss.

The size of Receiver in Canal hearing aids is also a very common draw. Due to their two-part design, RIC hearing aids are extremely small and lightweight making them incredibly comfortable and often the wearer will forget they are even there!

What is the best Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) hearing aid?

The Phonak Paradise P90 hearing aid is a premium model within the phonak hearing family. this inconspicuous device pushes boundaries of technology to create that delivers excellent sound quality easy use and provides true sense clarity.

Another top tier device worth considering is the ReSound ONE 9 which delivers a truly individualized, complete listening experience.

Where to next…

With perks like these we guarantee the perfect RIC hearing aid for you is right at your fingertips.

If you need help choosing the right hearing aid for your level of hearing loss, or would like more information please contact us and we would be delighted to help.

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