Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE) – sometimes also called Receiver-In-The-Canal (RIC) – hearing instruments include a case that sits behind your ear.
But unlike traditional Behind-The-Ear (BTE) devices, the receiver (or “loudspeaker”) piece goes inside your ear. This allows these devices to be smaller than BTEs.
This rather new type of hearing aid is extremely lightweight and so small that it is essentially invisible. The casing sits behind the ear and houses all of the electronic components of the hearing aid - except for the speaker. A thin transparent tube is attached to this case, through which very thin wires are run to attach to the speaker, which is placed in your ear canal.
These lightweight, nearly invisible hearing aids can be used with or without an ear mold to fit your individual amplification needs. Almost all types of hearing loss can be assisted with RIE hearing aids to benefit from the extremely natural sound quality.