This hearing aid is one of the most popular styles today. It sits behind your ear with a thin wire down the front leading to a receiver that sits in your ear. RICs can fit a wide range of mild to severe hearing losses. There are, of course, advantages and disadvantages to this style of hearing aid.
- Good for patients with dexterity issues
- Discreetly hidden behind the pinna
- Receiver is in the ear, close to the ear drum
- Can have a larger battery for a longer battery life
- Easy to repair in clinic office, but sometimes needs to be sent to manufacturer for repair depending on the issue
- Ear canal is not blocked, more natural sound quality
- Receiver can be prone to wax because it is in the canal
- Does not take advantage of outer ear resonance and collection of sound
Take Note: This hearing aid is a great choice for patients that are new to hearing aids. Talk to your hearing instrument specialist about this option, if it is something you are interested in.