Behind-the-ear (BTE)

Behind-the-ear hearing aids are fitted behind the ear with a connecting tube to an earpiece which sits in the ear canal. The benefits are:

  • best reliability
  • most powerful for more significant hearing losses
  • easiest to use
BTE Hearing Aid

Receiver-in-the-canal (RIC)

Receiver-in-the-canal hearing aids are similar to BTEs in shape and style, but are smaller because the loudspeaker is placed in the ear canal instead of the housing. Sound is therefore sent directly to the ear drum, without passing through a tube as in traditional devices, giving improved sound quality and clarity.

RIC technology is often paired with “open-ear” fittings where the loudspeaker in the canal doesn’t completely close the wearer’s ear. The benefits are:

  • outstanding sound quality
  • improved cosmetics
  • better ventilation
  • reduced sensation of blockage
  • more natural sound – less echo and improved quality of the wearer’s own voice
RIC Hearing Aid

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