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The D.i.Y. Open Fit RIC (Receiver In Canal) also called a Receiver In Ear hearing aid is the most popular hearing instrument in the D.i.Y. hearing aid product lineup. It includes the very latest premium level hearing aid technology available and is automatically shipped with our Virtual Technician Programmer when two instruments are purchased. Traditionally, BTE hearing aids have sent the amplified sound from the hearing aid down into the ear canal through a clear plastic tube. This hollow tube is then connected to an earmold for more severe hearing losses to help hold the sound in or to an open fit tip or dome for more moderate hearing losses. Usually the tubes that have a custom mold provides more gain or amplified sound required for the user to hear. The greater the hearing loss, the thicker the tube needs to be. The D.i.Y. RIC receiver in the canal hearing aid is able to achieve a higher gain or volume while still implementing a small thin tube footprint. This is done by removing the receiver / speaker that normally would be in the hearing aid itself and placing it down into the ear canal and focusing it toward the eardrum. The thin tube is used only to guide and protect the small micro wires inside down into the ear canal and which is attached to a high tech speaker placed there. This produces an exceptionally good sound quality.
The "D.i.Y. RIC Open Fit BTE" is a Virtual Technician compatible instrument and is a 100% digital hearing aid that is a fully programmable hearing instrument that automatically adjust itself in various types of environments to accomodate for loud or uncomfortable noises. The D.i.Y. RIC is a very small, comfortable and nearly invisible Open-Ear type hearing instrument with a case that is as small as any competing hearing aids in the industry. It comes with nearly invisible thin tubes and sound domes or tips. The D.i.Y. RIC is designed to naturally "blend-in" with your hair and skin tones due to it's size and color variences. This instrument is designed with the receiver (speaker) inside of the ear canal as mentioned which will widen the fitting range as well as provide greater volume capacity in the higher frequencies and thereby reduce the possibility of high frequency feedback. This is determined on a case by case basis as every persons frequency specific volume requirements are different.
"D.i.Y. RIC Open Fit BTE" is designed for listeners mainly needing assistance with high frequency hearing correction which is where approximately 60% of the sounds needed to understand speech are occurring. With the use of a custom earpiece, the D.i.Y. RIC’s fitting range can be extended even further, but is especially effective in the lower frequencies for those needing assistance in that area to assist with a more predominant hearing loss.
Hearing instruments generally consist of three main components – the microphone(s) to receive the sounds, a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) which is an amplifier that is designed to process the sounds you are listening to, and a speaker or receiver to deliver the sound to the listener, in the case of the D.i.Y. RIC it is processed by the small wires down through the thin tube. Once assembled, an operating system is installed on the Digital Signal Processor much like on your personal computer, which brings the hearing instrument to life. The finished hearing aid can then be programmed to meet the frequency specific hearing needs of the wearer based on the hearing test at the time of purchase. The operating system and the fitting application enable adjustment of the hearing instruments over time as listener needs and preferences may change.
D.i.Y. offers several types of hearing instruments. The choice of hearing instrument for each patient depends on the type and severity of their hearing loss, their power requirements and options and the shape of the ear canal. A defining factor in many cases is the lifestyle and personal preferences of the hearing aids owner.
This RIC (Receiver In Canal) is an advanced hi-fidelity digital circuit that offers greater fitting range capabilities and the following features:
NOTE: Adaptive Directional Microphones upon request, at additional charge of $125 each.
D.i.Y. RIC Instrument Specifications
Battery Size ........................................................ 312 and 13
Battery Life (Hrs.) Size 312 = 130 Hrs and Size 13 = 220 Hrs
SSPL90 (dB OSSPL)..................................125 dB (SSPL90 (Saturation Sound Pressure Level)
HF Average SSPL90 (dB SPL)................. 113 dB
Peak Gain (dB).............................................. 50 dB
HF Average Full On Gain............................. 45 dB
Frequency Range (Hz)............. 200 Hz - 8000 Hz
Available Options At Additional Cost:
- Phase matched directional microphones (The directional microphone system enhances the hearing aids ability to pick up sounds that come from the front of the user. This is the direction that the hearing aid user is looking. Using the hearing aid in directional mode also allows the device to filter sounds that origionate from the sides and behind the hearing aid user)
- TeleCoil (Prevents feedback while using telephone) (Telecoil option is a induction coil that is used to pick up the signal directly from the telephone. This works with the Electro Mangnetic Field (EMF Signal). This also prevents feedback from the microphone)
- Custom earmolds (If you can find an Audiologist or ENT office that will do an ear impression for you locally.)
NOTE: Included with purchase of a pair of D.i.Y. Open Fit RIC BTE hearing aids is everything necessary for do-it-yourself hearing aid programming and adjusting.
The Programming Kit Includes:
- hearing aid programming manual
- Virtual Technician eMiniTec hearing aid programmer
- hearing aid programming cables
- USB cable
- hearing aid batteries
- hearing aid cleaning tools
- extra silicone tips
- 1 year warranty
- 1 year support service and programming assistance
D.i.Y. RIC Fitting Chart
D.i.Y. RIC Open Fit MIcro BTE Specifications