Behind-the-ear hearing aids are discreet, fitting neatly behind the ear. They are built using similar technology to in-the-ear devices, and share the same features such as automatic volume and settings adjusting to suit your surroundings.
Receiver in canal (RIC)
Receiver-in-canal hearing aids come in 2 parts: a small sound processor which sits neatly behind the ear, linked to a tiny receiver which fits discreetly inside the ear canal. These hearing aids are small and quick to fit, making them popular with first-time and long-term hearing aid users alike. They are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss.
Behind-the-ear devices consist of a single case which houses all of the electronics and receiver. The sound is passed to an ear mould via a small tube. BTEs with a ‘closed’ fitting have a custom ear mould which almost completely fills the outer ear and ear canal whereas an ‘open’ fitting uses a thin tube and an ear tip making for a more discreet look.