RIC Hearing Aids
RICs are a type of open-fit hearing aid that use a thin plastic “micro” tube that extends from the body of the hearing aid (housed behind the ear) over the outer ear and into the ear canal. A small, soft tip sits inside the ear canal without sealing it. This way, air and sound can continue to flow to the ear canal naturally, reducing feelings of being "plugged up."
Advantages of RIC Hearing Aids
RIC hearing aids are extremely popular – even moreso than tiny hearing aids that fit inside the ear canal. This is largely due to their physical comfort and cosmetic appeal. When you are fit for an RIC hearing aid, your hearing care professional will be able to choose from a selection of tips to find the size that fits your ear best. Because it doesn't close up the ear, the open fit tube avoids the “stopped up” feeling of in-the-ear aids, while minimizing the sounds of your own voice and chewing by allowing these sounds to escape the ear canal. And with tiny casings that are often totally obscured behind the outer ear and nearly invisible tubing, you may be surprised at how unnoticeable open fit hearing aids are.
Are RIC Hearing Aids Right for You?
More than half of hearing care patients are good candidates for RIC hearing aids. If your loss is in the mild to moderately severe range and you have the dexterity to manipulate small objects, these hearing aids may be a good option for you. Schedule a free hearing consultation to learn more: 1-888-426-6632.