In 2015, 3.36 million hearing aids were sold in the United States, up 7.17% from 2014; RIC’s accounted for 63.7%, up 5.7% from 2014 and 11.7% from 2013.
This is a considerable increase. The technology of RIC-style hearing aids has improved significantly so that many more people can best be served from this style of hearing aid.
As hearing care practitioners, we know from experience that people use their fingertips to insert, or try to insert, the receiver properly (deeply enough) into their canals. They may use any finger or thumb. When, the patient has arthritis in their hands, they must choose a finger that is still straight enough to use. Their fingernail may face upward or downward, to the front or to the back, depending on which wrist-position is more comfortable.
And – we are well aware that the Return For Credit rate was 18.5% for RIC-style hearing aids in 2014.* This number is also considerable and it means that too many people are not getting the help they need and it can only be deleterious the reputation of the industry’s products.
Our experience also tells us that too many people give up on RIC-style hearing aids because of the difficulty they experience with insertion.