Receiver in the Canal (RIC) or Receiver in the Ear (RITE) Hearing Aids

Next in our series on navigating your way through the maze of Hearing Aid options. To read earlier blogs in this series click here.

Receiver in the Canals are a new category of Behind the ear (BTE) models which has the microphone ‘behind-the-ear’ and the loudspeaker/receiver in the ear. They are similar to Behind the Ear Hearing Aids in shape and style but are smaller as the receiver (or loudspeaker) is placed in the ear-tip instead on in the hearing aid housing. They have become very popular because they are as discreet as ‘slim tubes’ but offer more power (particularly in the bass) and don’t get blocked with moisture in the tube. They tend to be more discreet than other models, but are easier to repair than in the ear models because the receiver can be replaced in house avoiding having to send them away.


  • Smaller, more discreet design like a micro BTE
  • Servicing can often be carried out ‘in house’ by simply switching the receiver, rather than returning to the manufacturer.
  • As discreet as a slim tube, but often with more power available.


  • Moisture is still a problem in very hot climates.
  • The receiver, in the ear, is susceptible to the effects of ear wax and moisture.

The Receiver in the Canal (RIC)  Hearing Aids are very similar to the Receiver in the Ear (RITE) models. The difference lies in where the receiver is placed  – in the canal or in the ear as the names imply. In RIC Hearing Aids the sound is sent directly from the housing behind your ear through a thin wire to the receiver in your ear canal. This provides outstanding sound, a discrete fit and fully automated operation. The RITE Hearing Aid transmits sound to a receiver that sits just outside your ear on the concha – the hollow next to your ear canal.

This is the fourth in our series about the types of hearing aids and as you can see there are many options which come with differences in prices and features. This is why getting professional advice is important. Buying a hearing aid that best suits your needs rather than guessing is important. To read earlier blogs in this series click here. One of the recurring themes we see in the feedback at Hearing Care Professionals is how good Nolene is at outlining which Hearing Solutions best suites your situation and will enable you to live well with hearing loss.

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All information is provided in the interests of Hearing Health education and is of a general nature. In all cases you should consult your doctor or other allied health professional for advice regarding your individual circumstances.