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This entry was posted on 4th November 2014 by Gary.
Delving into the world of hearing instruments can prove a little daunting with so many different types of hearing aids to choose from and their accompanying acronyms. It’s not always easy to way up the difference between styles, or indeed their varying benefits. A classic example of this would be the receiver-in-canal versus the behind-the-ear hearing aids. Although they are both over the ear devices, many first time users remain unaware that there are two different options to choose from.
So what is a RIC?
A receiver-in-canal is an over the ear hearing aid, where the speaker is situated within the ear canal, connected by a tiny wire to the remaining elements encased behind the ear. The industry often resorts to using three different names, all of which refer to the same style of hearing aid.
• RIC – Receiver in Canal • RIE – Receiver in Ear • RITE – Receiver in the Ear
The size of receiver and the way it is protected may vary from model to model but fundamentally, the three acronyms mean the same thing.
So what is a BTE?
This is a hearing aid where all the technology is encased behind the ear; an ear mould sits firmly in the ear canal with tubing to attach the two elements. Thin tubing as an alternative to an ear mould can also be selected depending upon your particular hearing loss.
Advantages of an RIC over a BTE
Disadvantages of an RIC over a BTE
For more information about both types of hearing aids, check out the HearingDirect selection here. We’ve just introduced a brand new range we’re really excited about, including a fantastic BTE known as the P680MW and an equally impressive RIC called the P680RW. They’re both worth a closer look!
This entry was posted in Hearing Aids on 4th November 2014 by Gary.
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