Receiver-In-Ear Versus Behind-The-Ear Hearing Aids Explained
The difference between RIC and BTE hearing aids is very small when you look at them. They both have the main body of the hearing aid fitting behind the ear and have a wire going into the ear. The difference between them is that RIC hearing aids have the receiver chip (or speaker) actually inside the dome which goes into the ear, whereas BTE hearing aids have the receiver in the main body behind the ear and the sound is sent down the tube. Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages.
What is a RIC Hearing Aid?
What is a BTE Hearing Aid?HD211 hearing aid is a great example of a small, discrete, and affordable Behind The Ear Hearing aid.
Advantages of an RIC over a BTE
- The receiver and microphone components are much further apart compared to a BTE. This usually results in less feedback than the equivalent BTE.
- A RIC can be smaller than a BTE with the same battery size. This is because one of the main components sits in the ear canal rather than the casing behind the ear.
Disadvantages of an RIC over a BTE
- A RIC will generally require more maintenance due to the positioning of the receiver within the ear.
- A RIC is more susceptible to blockages caused by earwax.
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