This style is typically known as either as “receiver in the ear” (RITE) or “receiver in canal” (RIC), depending on the manufacturer. But they essentially mean the same thing—an open-fit hearing aid style that has the speaker built into an insertable ear dome, instead of the main body of the hearing aid. In other words, the speaker of the hearing aid rests in the ear canal, but the microphone and processor sit in a tiny case behind the ear. They are connected by a thin wire. This style of hearing aid tends to have above-average sound quality and is made by all major hearing aid manufacturers.
If it gets damaged, the speaker portion of the hearing aid that fits in the ear can often be replaced at the hearing aid center, instead of having to be shipped off to the manufacturer for repair.
- generally the only style that comes with a rechargeable battery option
- most likely to come with wireless connectivity to devices like phones
- most likely to have advanced technology such as artificial intelligence
- the speaker can be replaced separately
- telecoil options are common
- smaller RITE sizes (known as mini-RITEs) can be a problem for dexterity
- speaker, which is inside the ear, is susceptible to moisture and ear wax damage
- the microphone and sound processor that sit behind the ear is visible