My first post on this wonderful site (despite being a lifelong HA user for about 40 years)
Has anyone made the switch from wearing custom aids (over many years) to the RIC style, and what was your experience?
Having worn custom styles (CIC, ITE) for the past 20 years I like how effortless they are – I can hold a phone to my ear, put on headphones to listen to music, wear a headset for video calls at the office, and wear glasses all the time (now with the occasional mask of course).
Now that I no longer care about appearances or discreetness (in fact I want my next aids to be as flashy as possible to give others a visual cue about my hearing impairment), I’m shopping for my next aids and seeing how many RICs are out there, and the additional features they (usually) offer over the same aid in a custom style.
Custom aids just feel more natural to me, but wearing RICs recently for a few days made me realise how used to occlusion I have been (and I have long suspected that the way I hear my own voice affects my interaction with others).
RICs seem to offer more in power and/or features (Bluetooth, rechargeability, etc.) but to me feel a bit ‘fiddly’ as if I could easily damage them by pulling the cable too hard. Are they more rugged than I think?