Once you’ve finally decided to move forward with the process of purchasing hearing aids, how do you know what hearing aid will be best? How do you decide between the many choices? Luckily, you won’t have to go back to school just to understand the jargon and technology behind hearing aids. That’s what a partnership with your hearing healthcare provider is all about. You can trust that he or she is going to suggest the best possible solution for your hearing loss as well as one that fits your budget. Part of that discussion will focus on the styles of hearing aids that are available. One of the more popular styles these days is the Receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aid.
The Receiver-in-the-canal hearing aid or RIC is a type of behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid. RIC’s consist of a case which houses the majority of the working parts of the hearing aid and a speaker/dome component. The case sits behind the pinna, which is the scientific name for the part of the ear that you see on the side of your head. In the case of the RIC, the case has a small speaker wire attached which travels down the front of the pinna and into the ear canal. The speaker itself sits in the ear canal and is responsible for producing sound. The dome on the end of the speaker is a small silicone cap that keeps the ear canal from being injured with the insertion of the speaker, while allowing for a comfortable grip on the ear canal itself, which prevents the speaker and its attached wiring from slipping out of the ear canal.
RICs can be used for mild to profound hearing loss. They are available in all the technology levels, making the RIC hearing aid a popular choice. One of the other benefits of this hearing aid is that it has a very effective moisture protection system, making it less likely to have corrosion over time. As the majority of the electrical components are located outside of the ear canal, the chance for earwax damaging the components is reduced as well. Both of these factors can decrease the likelihood of needing a repair and increases the life expectancy of the hearing aid greatly.
The Receiver In The Ear hearing aid is a great choice for just about anyone. Its smaller behind the ear components, the power availability and the fact that it is less likely to require repairs make the RIC a natural choice. If you’d like to know more about the Receiver In The Canal hearing aid, please give us a call. We’ll set up a no-obligation consultation so that you can determine if this type of hearing aid is right for you. Call Today! We’d be glad to help!