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Fit and Remove RIC

Fit a RIC or Thin Tube BTE

Most users find it easiest to turn the hearing aid on (by closing the battery door) before they insert it into the ear. Note that by doing so you might not always hear the ‘start up tune’ that your hearing aid plays.

Before you begin, make sure you know which aid goes in which ear.

The instrument can be fitted in 2 ways, and generally only required thumb and index finger.

Method one

Grip the dome or custom made tip/speaker ensuring that the thin wire or tube is angled upwards.

Bring the speaker up to the ear maintaining the orientation of the hearing aid.

Introduce the speaker into the ear canal and use your thumb or a finger to push it gently into place. The perfect position is when the tube or thin wire fits snugly to the side of the face, but not every facial shape allows this, so don’t worry if you don’t quite achieve it.

Carefully and slowly reach up to the electronic device, which will be hovering near the top of your ear.

Without pulling, rotating or twisting, ease it gently over the top of your ear. Be careful not to pull it so as to avoid pulling the speaker out of your ear canal.

If you have a retention wire, tuck this into the bottom of the ear bowl (concha).

Gently firm the speaker into the ear if it has moved during the second half of the fitting process. Do not push it in too far.

Method two

Take the electronic portion of your hearing aid and check its orientation. You must hold it so that the speaker wire or tube comes out in front of it and angles downwards.

Bring the device up to the ear maintaining the orientation, and place it on top of (not behind) the ear, so that the wire or tube comes down in front of your ear and hovers by the entrance to your ear canal.

Grip the dome or custom made tip/speaker between thumb and finger, and introduce it into the ear canal without rotating or twisting.

Insert the speaker into the ear canal and use your thumb or a finger to push it gently into place. Do not push it in too far.

The perfect position is when the tube or thin wire fits snugly to the side of the face, but not every facial shape allows this, so don’t worry if you don’t quite achieve it.

Be careful not to pull it so as to avoid pulling the electronic portion off the ear.

If you have a retention wire, tuck this into the bottom of the ear bowl (concha).

Removal

If you have a removal filament on your custom tip or a retention wire, locate this (it will be just by the notch at the bottom of your ear bowl of your ear).

Gently pull backwards and downwards to remove the speaker section and then once it is clear, unhook the electronic portion from the top of your ear.

Alternatively unhook the electronic portion first and then pull downwards and backwards to remove the speaker from the ear.

If you experience any discomfort during any of this process it is possible you are doing something wrong, pushing too hard, inserting too far or you have the aid in the wrong ear. Stop, check what you are doing and try again.

If in doubt seek help from your hearing professional