I joined this website solely to comment on this thread and let you know that those rumblings are true! I had the Widex Passion RIC’s last year with a standard domes and it was one of the most traumatizing experiences of my life. I’m 22, in college, with a moderate to severe loss and grew up with the bulky yet effective half shells. I was happy with the half shells but excited to try the new RIC hearing aids, as technology in hearing aids is getting better and better. HOWEVER…every single time I put in the Passion, I felt panicked all day that the domes would get stuck. I’ve never felt such anxiety before. And this was all before they actually got stuck! Before going to bed, I would have to slowly maneuver the dome out and I could actually feel it sliding off the receiver. On two occasions in two months, the plastic piece popped right off in my ear. They go too far into the ear canal to get out yourself so I spent two separate nights in the ER as the doctors contemplated whether or not I needed surgery…!! Fortunately, they were removed without cutting my head open.
This is, most likely, a worst-case scenario (or two) and most people won’t experience what I did. I do have very small ear canals and the audiologist did eventually make me a custom mold, which never got stuck. All I know is, I’ll never go back to any hearing aid, style OR brand, that causes me that much stress and anxiety.