Receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids are essentially the same size as in-the-canal hearing aids. They are, however, extremely discreet, comfortable, easy to wear and provide remarkable acoustic performance. They can be used in cases of slight to severe hearing loss.
The device consists of two parts. The housing of the hearing aid sits discreetly behind the flap of the ear. Almost invisible tubing connects the first part to a receiver located in the hollow of the ear canal. This second part remains in place with a soft dome and a custom-made miniature earmold.
The Advantages of RIC Hearing Aids
RIC hearing aids leave more space to accommodate a larger battery, which enables greater autonomy. In addition, some laboratories have developed RIC models with a rechargeable battery for simplified use for individuals with reduced dexterity. They also enable the use of directional microphones. These microphones amplify sound sources directly in front of you. You will be better able to focus on what people are saying to you without being bothered by ambient noise. These hearing aids are quite practical in noisy environments, such as restaurants or offices. Since only the receiver is placed in the ear canal, the earmold allows for better airflow in the ear, so you will not feel an occlusion effect.
What is the occlusion effect?
The occlusion effect is defined by the feeling of a clogged ear and a change in the perception of your own voice. When they experience this phenomenon, patients often mention a resonant voice. Also, chewing may seem louder.
RIC hearing aids are available in many colours and designs and most are compatible with wireless communication systems that enable hearing the television and telephone.