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.

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Hover over to view RIC when worn

RIC hearing aids house either a size 10 (Yellow), size 312 (Brown) or size 13 (Orange) battery depending on the style and size selected. The typical lifespan of a size 10 battery is between 3-5 days, size 312 battery between 5-7 days and size 13 battery between 10-14 days but this can vary depending upon the number of hours per day the hearing aid is worn, the severity of hearing loss and the technology level of hearing aid.

Benefits

  • 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.

Limitations

  • 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.

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