Receiver in Canal (RIC) Hearing Aids

What is Receiver-In-The-Canal (RIC) hearing aid?

Receiver-In-The-Canal (RIC) hearing aids are slim and light in weight with a miniature case. They are mostly preferred by adults looking for their cosmetic advantage. It is sometimes called Receiver-in-Canal hearing aids (RIC). Its ease of wearing and effectiveness makes it the most popular type of hearing aid.

The Receiver-In-The-Canal (RIC) hearing aid is different from the Behind-The-Ear (BTE) by the mechanism of sound transmission.

There are three parts of Receiver-In-The-Canal (RIC) hearing aid

  • 1

    The case

  • 2

    The wire-earpiece: Used to connect the earphone and the case

  • 3

    The earpiece: It is directly placed in the ear canal unlike the Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing aid

Who should use Receiver-In-The-Canal (RIC) hearing aid?

This hearing aid is suitable for people with mild to moderate hearing loss and that are slightly to moderately active.

Benefits of Receiver-In-The-Canal (RIC) hearing aid

  • Sleek and light

  • Minimizes sounds of your own voice

  • Nearly invisible tubing

  • Larger batteries for longer battery life

Receiver in Canal


A small, discreet RIC hearing aid is designed to assist individuals with hearing loss. The device comprises three components: A small casing behind the ear, a thin cable connecting it to the receiver in the canal, and an earpiece for a comfortable fit. The receiver placed in the canal delivers amplified sounds directly to the ear.

The receiver- in-canal hearing aid captures sound using a microphone in the casing. The internal components of the hearing aid process and amplify the sound. The sound is amplified and transmitted to the receiver in the ear canal via a thin wire. The receiver then transforms electrical signals into sound that is delivered to the ear. This technology provides a more natural hearing experience.

There are several advantages. Its discreet design makes the hearing aid less noticeable than traditional behind-the-ear devices. Open-fitting style provides better airflow, reducing the feeling of occlusion. The receiver-in-canal design delivers sound directly to the ear canal, resulting in a more natural hearing experience. The customizable fit also ensures comfort and prevents whistling or feedback sounds.

They can be used for milder or moderately severe hearing loss. In cases of profound loss of hearing, there may be other options. Consult a hearing healthcare specialist who can help you determine your hearing needs. They will also guide you to the best hearing aid for you.

Cleaning and maintaining your receiver- in-canal hearing aids is essential to ensuring optimal performance and durability. Wipe the casing with a soft cloth to remove moisture or debris. Use water or cleaning products sparingly on the device. You can clean the earpiece or receiver using a soft toothbrush or a cleaning tool. Check the battery contacts for corrosion regularly and replace them as necessary. You should follow the manufacturer's instructions or ask a hearing healthcare specialist for cleaning and maintenance tips.

Yes, this is possible. The design of the hearing aid allows it to be worn comfortably and securely, which makes it ideal for active lifestyles. It is important to protect your hearing aids from moisture, such as rain or sweat, which can damage them. Use accessories such as sweatbands and covers for additional protection. It is best to remove your hearing aids if you are involved in water-based sports or activities. This will prevent any water damage.

Wearing a receiver- in-canal hearing aid should not be uncomfortable if it is properly fitted and adjusted. The earpieces and casings are designed to minimise irritation and provide a comfortable fit. You may experience some discomfort as your ears adjust to the device. If you experience any pain or discomfort, please get in touch with us.