Receiver-in-the-ear Hearing Aids

Also known as RITE hearing aids

Man being fitted with a receiver in the ear hearing aid

When you think of a flower, you might picture a rose. When you think of a weapon, you might picture a sword. When you think of a superhero, you might picture Superman. And when you think of a hearing aid, you probably picture a receiver-in-the-ear hearing aid (known as a RITE hearing aid).

Despite the diversity amongst the different kinds of hearing aids, RITE models have established themselves as the iconic spearhead. If you don’t know exactly what we mean, then read on, as this article covers RITE hearing aids in depth.

If you’re interested in a RITE hearing aid, or any other kind of hearing aid, your first step is always to have a hearing test. If you’d like one, you can get a free hearing test by filling out this form.

What are RITE hearing aids?

We’ll make a clarifying statement right off the bat: RITE hearing aids are different products to receiver-in-the-canal hearing aids, known as RIC hearing aids. These two kinds of hearing aids look very similar, and no one could blame you for mistaking one for the other.

Both of these types have a behind-the-ear shell, housing the digital components used to convert sound into the appropriate levels needed for the user. They both also have a flexible wire attached to an earpiece that goes into the ear.

The main difference is the kind of earpiece attached to each model. RIC hearing aids’ receivers go deeper into the ear canal – hence the name “receiver in the canal.” RITE hearing aids’ receivers are placed into the pinna, the part of the ear that you can see – often incorrectly called the earlobe.


RITE earpieces are made using a cast of the user’s ear, meaning that the receiver will fit snugly in the ear. This makes them a common talking point when discussing the most comfortable hearing aids.

RITE hearing aid features

RITE hearing aids fall under the umbrella of “behind-the-ear” (BTE) hearing aids. This means that they can have any features that BTE hearing aids have, which are all discussed in our article about BTE hearing aids.

The main feature of RITE hearing aids is, obviously, the hard in-ear receiver. This provides a great level of comfort for the wearer, due to it being crafted for the wearer’s specific ear shape.

Other than that, RITE hearing aids don’t offer much when it comes to a unique hearing aid experience – they do their job, and they do it well. Otherwise, they’re a standard pick for any level of hearing loss.

RITE hearing aid costs

RITE hearing aids are generally on the more expensive end of the hearing aid spectrum. The need for a personalized silicon cast means that the price can be a fair bit higher than more uniform hearing aids.

RITE hearing aids also pack more power than the average hearing aid, and can be used for more severe cases of hearing loss. For more specific pricing estimates, as well as the rough costs behind your hearing aid, you can look at our page on hearing aid costs.


Receiver in-the-canal hearing aids are just one kind of hearing aid. They might not be the fit for you, and if not, there are other kinds that may suit you better.

It’s not your job to know, however – it’s the job of a qualified hearing specialist. If you need an appointment with a hearing specialist to discuss hearing aid options, you can get a free consultation by filling out our quick form. Happy hearing!

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Duncan is an Australian-born American-raised creative writer with a passion for healthy ears. He continues to build upon his audiology qualifications with research and various courses.

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