Currently, RIC (Receiver in the Canal) or RITE (Receiver in the Ear) hearing aids are easily the most commonly recommended and utilized style of hearing aids at this time. This style of hearing aid combines benefit of ITE (in the ear) and BTE (behind the ear) hearing aids. They are amongst the most flexible, durable, and esthetically appealing hearing aids currently on the market. RIC and / or RITE hearing aids are also simple to care for. Here are some tips for taking care of, properly utilizing, and getting the best benefit from your current RIC / RITE hearing aids.
If your hearing aid utilizes traditional hearing aid batteries this style will generally utilize either a size 10, 312, or 13 battery. These batteries are color coded either on the package or the stickers on the positive side of the battery (see below). Your hearing healthcare professional can tell you the correct size of battery for your device.
Battery Size Color
When using traditional batteries you should open the battery door when you are not wearing the hearing aids. This will help to extend battery life and keep the hearing aids from making noise while they are in the case and not in your ear. You will likely be changing your battery every 5 to 7 days depending on how much you are wearing the hearing aids and on what situations you are wearing them in. You should keep a spare set of batteries on you at all times to deal with the unexpected dead battery especially since they always die at the most unexpected and inopportune times.
This style of hearing aids also offers several options in rechargeable form. In the case of rechargeable hearing aids they should be placed in or on the charger (depending on particular model) nightly.
Hearing aids should be brushed or wiped down each and every night. By brushing the portion of hearing aids that go in the ear you will prevent the build-up of ear wax and keep the hearing aid working optimally. Every few months you may need to change your wax guards which are located at the end of the speaker under or in the earbud.
If the hearing aid is not functioning at all, is weak, or seems to “go up and down” changing the wax guard is a good trouble shooting tip.
Final Important Tip:
Daily use of your hearing aid will improve you acclimatization to hearing aids. Part time hearing aid users (people who wear them when they “feel like it”) never do as well as patients who wear their hearing aids consistently.
Remember if you wear your hearing aids consistently you will get used to them and end up hearing and understanding better and better the longer you use them. BE CONSISTANT