The receiver-in-canal (RIC) model is a newer development in hearing aids and is suitable for mild to severe hearing loss.
Compared to a classic behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid, the receiver of the RIC (the loudspeaker) is placed in the ear-tip instead of in the housing, thereby reducing its size.
The RIC model consists of three parts: The housing, which sits behind the ear, and a thin earwire connecting the housing to the receiver. The receiver goes directly into the ear canal.
The RIC model is a very discreet, yet powerful hearing aid, which works fully automatically.
Note that the RIC model is quite similar to the RITE model. The difference is the placement of the receiver in the ear.