Receiver-in-Ear hearing aids (RIE hearing aids) are the most popular type of hearing aids. They can also be called receiver in canal hearing aids, RIC hearing aids or RITE hearing aids.
RIE hearing aids are small, discreet and very versatile. These digital hearing aids - which people also refer to as 'Bluetooth hearing aids' - typically offer great connectivity and audio streaming from everyday devices, e.g. smartphones and TVs. They also work with hearing aid accessories and apps. Rechargeable hearing aids are very convenient, giving you power without battery worries, and they are available in the RIE hearing aid style.
Design-wise, RIE hearing aids sit behind the ear. Traditionally, microphones in the main body of the hearing aids send sounds down through a thin, virtually invisible tubing, curving discreetly around the back of your ears, into a receiver covered with a comfortable dome. The dome-covered receiver sits in your ear canal. That is why Receiver-in-Ear hearing aids also belong to the ‘in ear’ hearing aids category, i.e. the sound processing takes place in your ear.
The best hearing aids can sound so natural that you don’t really feel like you are wearing them at all. They do that by collecting sound with microphones, just like one your favorite singer might use.
ReSound ONE™ with M&RIE (Microphone and Receiver-In-Ear) uniquely uses three microphones to pick up voices and the sounds of your life.
The third microphone is placed in the ear to capture sound organically, so you hear naturally!
Standard RIE hearing aids position microphones on top of the main body of the design. Sound is first collected behind your ears, and then channelled into your ear canal.M&RIE hearing aids have an extra microphone, which is placed with a receiver in your ear. Together they utilise the unique shape of your pinna (the curved part of your ear) to organically collect sound in your ear. Two microphones on top of the M&RIE hearing aids also collect sounds around you, so you get three mics on each hearing aid.
10 Reasons why Receiver-in-Ear hearing aids could be ideal for you:
- Less chance of feedback sounds (whistling)
- Good at amplifying high-pitches of sounds
- Give you a clearer, natural sound quality
- Small, discreet, lightweight, and easy to wear
- Straightforward to fit by a hearing care professional
- Numerous microphones help with best features for hearing in noise
- A choice of many colours, from statement tones to ‘blend-in’ neutrals
- Receivers, earmoulds and domes are replaceable at a hearing clinic
- Rechargeable RIE hearing aid options with convenient, portable chargers
- Suitable for many types of hearing loss
Now you know what your options for hearing aids are, the next step is to see a hearing care professional. They can help you narrow down your search and find the best hearing aid for you, your lifestyle, and your style. They will also fit and fine-tune your hearing aids.