Invisible In-The-Canal (IIC) Devices
These super small instruments take advantage of the latest miniaturized components, allowing a completely discreet, all-in-the ear fit. For certain types of hearing loss, these custom-fitted devices offer the most inconspicuous hearing solution without compromising sound quality. Unlike other "extended wear" instruments, these can be removed and inserted by the user on an "as-needed" basis.
Receiver In-Canal/Receiver In-The-Ear (RIC/RITE)
Receiver In The Ear (RITE) or Receiver In the Canal (RIC) instruments offer the ultimate comfort, cosmetics, and sound quality. The microphones and processor are placed behind the ear, with the signal transmitted to a tiny speaker (called the "receiver") placed in the ear canal. They are much smaller than conventional behind-the-ear instruments because the speaker has been removed from behind the ear, and can provide more natural sound quality since the speaker is closer to the eardrum. Furthermore, they are nearly invisible from the front and side. Finally, the ear canal can remain more "open," allowing improved comfort for new users; especially those with hearing loss only in the high frequencies. Recent advances in technology now allow even severe hearing losses to be fit with RIC/RITE hearing aids.