Reliable and convenient, the receiver-in-the-canal device is among our most popular styles with a lightweight feel and a flexible fit.

For Patients with:

All Levels of Hearing Loss

I have been wearing hearing aids since the 1950s, but it wasn’t until I found Highline Hearing Professionals that I really learned about them. I found Highline about 20 years ago, and for the first time, things were explained to me. I found I had choices for hearing aids and did not have to just take the one that the doctor wanted to sell me. Everyone at Highline is very knowledgeable, friendly, and caring. They work hard to fit you with just the right one. And they have a follow-up and maintenance program that really helps. Give them a try, and I am sure you will like them as much as I do.
- B. Smith

Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC) hearing aid model


1. Natural sound clarity

2. Less feedback and occlusion

3. Efficient at amplifying high-frequency sounds

4. Lightweight for more comfort

5. Includes wireless Bluetooth® options

6. Relatively discrete wearing


1. Require more frequent repairs to the receiver

2. Less likely to notice when you lose them

3. More expensive

Overview of Receiver-In-Canal Hearing Aids

The comfortable, open-fit design that’s perfect for almost all types of hearing loss, Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC) devices make better hearing a breeze. Although the speaker and microphone are both located on the shell of RIC devices, the speaker is fed into the ear canal with a comfortable, flexible dome that allows sound to pass through the ear canal naturally, which helps reduce wind noise and feedback.

RIC devices sit behind the ear, but their small, sleek design makes them barely visible when worn, while their lighter weight makes them more comfortable, helping provide clear, confident communication

RIC hearing aid placement

Special Care/Maintenance

As with all styles of hearing aids, daily cleaning is essential to get the most out of your RIC hearing instrument. Follow the instructions provided by your hearing care professional or the device manufacturer when cleaning.

Unlike BTE earmolds, the domes or tips of RIC hearing aids are not removed and soaked for cleaning, instead, they are replaced approximately every 30 days. Depending on whether your unit is rechargeable or uses batteries, you will also need to change batteries to keep your RIC hearing aids working properly.

Frequently Asked Questions About RIC Hearing Aids

Do they have the latest in hearing aid technology?
RIC style hearing aids have some of the most advanced features of digital technology in the industry, including feedback elimination, noise reduction, speech preservation and more.
What's the difference between Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) & Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE) devices?
They are the same concept and type of technology, but some manufacturers label them RIC, while others call them RITE.
Which hearing aid brands manufacture RIC hearing aids?
All of them deliver RIC, or RITE, hearing technology with the same open-fit receiver in the canal. Most even offer more than one model choice.
What is the receiver?
Essentially, a receiver is a speaker, which is attached to the main body of the device by an electronic wire, while traditional BTE hearing aids transmit sound from a receiver on the processing unit through acoustical tubing to an earmold. Because the receiver is an electronic component, wax and moisture often lead to performance problems.
Am I a good candidate for RIC hearing aids?
RIC hearing aids work well for all types of hearing loss. Your hearing care professional will help guide you through the process of choosing the best device to meet your unique hearing needs.

Scheduling a Hearing Assessment

If you are concerned about your hearing or that of a loved one, your first step is a comprehensive hearing assessment conducted by an audiology professional for an accurate evaluation of your hearing loss and help selecting the right hearing device to address your hearing challenges.

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