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A receiver-in-canal hearing aid in the ear.

Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) Hearing Aids

Restore your hearing to its very best with receiver in canal hearing aids. These hearing aids are one of the most popular types available to buy. They are small and discreet and come with lots of available features.


Receiver in the canal hearing aids are a bit like behind the ear hearing aids — except that the loudspeaker sits inside the ear canal without sealing it up. The result is a very natural sound without a feeling of being “plugged up”.


Receiver in canal hearing aids are also sometimes referred to as receiver-in-the-ear (RITE hearing aids), or as canal receiver technology (CRT).

A receiver-in-canal hearing aid in the ear.

Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) Hearing Aids

Restore your hearing to its very best with receiver in-canal hearing aids. These hearing aids are one of the most popular types available to buy. They are small and discreet and come with lots of available features.

Receiver in the canal hearing aids are a bit like behind the ear hearing aids — except that the loudspeaker sits inside the ear canal without sealing it up. The result is a very natural sound without a feeling of being “plugged up”.

Receiver in canal hearing aids are also sometimes referred to as receiver-in-the-ear (RITE hearing aids), or as canal receiver technology (CRT).

Small, hardly noticeable receiver in ear hearing aids

Receiver in the ear hearing aids are so-called ‘open-fit’ hearing aids. The main body of the hearing aid sits behind the ear and a speaker connected by a thin plastic wire stretches over the ear and into the ear canal.

The speaker does not seal the ear canal itself. And so air and sound can flow in and out of the canal naturally. Many people find receiver in the ear hearing aids to be more comfortable and natural-sounding because the speaker does not fully block the ear canal itself. The RIC set-up also minimises the sound of your own voice for fewer distractions.

With RIC hearing aids the tubing itself is nearly invisible and the casings are virtually unnoticeable. Overall, they are smaller than standard BTE hearing aids but are still easy to use and have lots of great features available. They are available as rechargeable hearing aids, in wireless and telecoil options, and can be just as discreet as some invisible hearing aids.

Other great features include:

Small, hardly noticeable receiver in ear hearing aids.

Receiver in the ear hearing aids are so-called ‘open-fit’ hearing aids. The main body of the hearing aid sits behind the ear and a speaker connected by a thin plastic wire stretches over the ear and into the ear canal.

The speaker does not seal the ear canal itself. And so air and sound can flow in and out of the canal naturally. Many people find receiver in the ear hearing aids to be more comfortable and natural-sounding because the speaker does not fully block the ear canal itself. The RIC set-up also minimises the sound of your own voice for fewer distractions.

With RIC hearing aids the tubing itself is nearly invisible and the casings are virtually unnoticeable. Overall, they are smaller than standard BTE hearing aids but are still easy to use and have lots of great features available. They are available as rechargeable hearing aids, in wireless and telecoil options, and can be just as discreet as some invisible hearing aids

You’ll no longer need headphones to listen to music or to watch TV, and there will be no annoying feedback on the phone.
Most Bluetooth hearing aids come with an app you can download onto your smartphone, which you can use to discreetly and easily adjust the settings.
Most Bluetooth hearing aids are compatible with Android-based phones (using version 10.0 and above) and iPhones. Along with Apple’s iOS systems in general. Meaning you can connect seamlessly with all of your favourite smartphones and audio devices — including televisions and tablet computers.
And if you like, you can stream sounds to just one hearing aid. Keeping the other one free for sounds in the room.
If you have wireless hearing aids that don’t allow for direct streaming then you can get a Bluetooth hearing aid adapter called a ‘streamer’ to do this.
A streamer will provide a communications link between your wireless hearing aids and any Bluetooth-enabled device. Streamers are usually worn around the neck or placed in a pocket for hands-free convenience.

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‘Future proof’ receiver in the ear hearing aids

We’ll help you find the best RIC hearing aids to match your hearing loss and lifestyle.

What’s great about RIC or RITE hearing aids is that their power levels can easily be adjusted to your hearing ability — even if it continues to worsen over time. The earmoulds and domes are also easily replaceable.

RIC or RITE headphones have larger batteries that last longer than most other types of hearing aids. And because the sound doesn’t have to travel far from the receiver, the result is a lot less energy goes into transmission — preserving even more battery life.

It should be noted, however, that RITE headphones can be susceptible to moisture clogging and earwax build up. They may also be more difficult to use if you struggle with your manual dexterity or vision.

RIC hearing aids are straightforward to fit, and can be custom-fitted on the same day as your hearing test.

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‘Future proof’ receiver in the ear hearing aids

RIC or RITE hearing aids have power levels that can easily be adjusted to your hearing ability — even if it continues to worsen over time. The earmoulds and domes are also easily replaceable. 

RIC or RITE headphones have larger batteries that last longer than most other types of hearing aids. And because the sound doesn’t have to travel far from the receiver, the result is a lot less energy goes into transmission — preserving even more battery life.

It should be noted, however, that RITE headphones can be susceptible to moisture clogging and earwax build up. They may also be more difficult to use if you struggle with your manual dexterity or vision.

RIC hearing aids are straightforward to fit, and can be custom-fitted on the same day as your hearing test.

Click here to learn more about hearing aids.

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      Prices start from £995. But it all depends on the number of features and the type of care that you’re looking for.

      On average they need charging once every 5 days. Batteries in RIC hearing aids tend to be bigger and to last longer than most other types of hearing aids but battery length depends on how often you wear them.  

      But if you purchase rechargeable RIC hearing aids, you can charge them up indefinitely overnight — so you’ll never have to worry about the battery running out.

      Yes. Receiver in canal hearing aids are available to suit people with all types of hearing loss — even those with more severe degrees of hearing loss.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Prices start from £995. But it all depends on the number of features and the type of care that you’re looking for.

      On average they need charging once every 5 days. Batteries in RIC hearing aids tend to be bigger and to last longer than most other types of hearing aids but battery length depends on how often you wear them.  

      But if you purchase rechargeable RIC hearing aids, you can charge them up indefinitely overnight — so you’ll never have to worry about the battery running out.

      Yes. Receiver in canal hearing aids are available to suit people with all types of hearing loss — even those with more severe degrees of hearing loss.