Almost half the hearing aids sold in the United States in 2013 were RIC/RITE models, and their popularity looks set to increase. In general, hearing aid users prefer these types of hearing aids because of their discreet appearance, comfort and exceptional sound.
However, despite these advantages, some problems persist; in particular lateral migration - where the receiver moves or falls out of the ear canal; and what is known as the cosmetic gap – the space between the earwire and the side of the user’s head.
This study questioned 284 hearing care professionals to determine the prevalence of these particular problems. It then looked to examine the extent to which the new Widex wire and receiver ear-tip solution (EASYWEAR) could help improve both lateral migration and the cosmetic gap.