What is RIE Hearing Aid?
RIE is a type of hearing aid which has its receiver or speaker located in the ear canal. It is an innovation from behind-the-ear hearing aid to render high quality sound through a smaller device. The device is usually worn with a dome or an insert eartip. Anyway, it can also be coupled with an earmold pertaining to the severity of hearing loss.
Who Can Preferably Use RIE Hearing Aid?
- People who have been diagnosed with hearing loss varying from mild to severe in severity.
- The device is not advisable for people with profound hearing loss.
- Individual with ample ear size and does not possess small or narrow ear canal.
- People who prioritizes cosmetic appeal especially the youths or individuals with active lifestyle.
The Pros And Cons Of RIE
If I have hearing loss and keen for RIE hearing aid, what should I do?
Please consult any trained audiologist. You will be given hearing aid trial before selecting suitable hearing aid.
What are the correct ways to care for RIE hearing aid?
- Avoid dropping the device or to come in contact with any liquid.
- Keep the hearing aid in the drying beaker after removing the battery. Failure to remove battery may lead to formation of rust in the device.
- Changing eartip or dome is recommended annually if it is broken or as part of good hygiene practice.
- Hearing aid should be serviced every 6 months once.
What should you do to a faulty RIE hearing aid?
- Send your hearing aid to hearing aid centre for service or repair.
- Check your hearing aid’s warranty period. The repairing cost is usually covered by hearing aid supplier within the warranty period unless the damage is caused by user’s carelessness.
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- Open fitting : performance verification of receiver in the ear and receiver in the aid. Maria Fernanda Capioni G. M et al, Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology, Vol. 81, Issue 3, pages 270-275, May – June 2015
- Sensori-neural Hearing Loss Client’s Performance with receiver-in-canal (hearing aid), S.G.R Prakesh et al., International Journal of Otolaryngology and head and neck surgey, Vol. 2, Number 2, March 2013.
- The effect of receiver placement on probe microphone, performance and subjective measure with open canal hearing instruments, Alworth et al. , Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, volume 21, number 4, 2010
|Last Reviewed||:||30 May 2018|
|Translator||:||Revathy a/p Sevasankaran|
|Accreditor||:||Roshila bt. Bujang|