RIC's are fairly new hearing aids on the market. They sit behind the ear but are smaller than typical BTE hearing aids. RIC hearing aids differ from BTE's because they have a thin wire with a receiver on the end which sits in the ear canal. The benefits of having the receiver in the canal are twofold; improved cosmetic appeal as well as improved sound quality as the speaker sits closer to the ear drum. RIC's are very sensitive to moisture and wax so the audiologist will advise whether they feel you are a candidate for this hearing aid.
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