The RIC Report is the consumer’s guide to buying hearing aids with the most current hearing aid models and their average internet pricing. Below you will find a summary of the criteria we use in selecting those models along with a link to each criteria’s online chapter from the book. Each model’s average internet pricing is derived from those published at middle-men web sites like Hearing Planet and Zip Hearing.
RIC Styles Only
Introduced only 12 years ago, the RIC has grown to dominate the industry with over 60% market share. Due to its superiority in every aspect of hearing aid design, it is the only style to own.
Big Six Manufacture Only
Six companies control 98% of the world market. As such, only these firms have the resources needed to innovate and thrive in a fast paced technology market.
Flagship Brands Only
Like major automakers, each Big Six company has a brand that carries its highest performing technology. Until manufacturers begin publishing comparison specs on their sub-brands, owning flagship brands is the only way to know you’ve received the best they offer.
Current or One-Back Circuits Only
RICs are powered by a computer chip known as the “circuit.” Older generation circuits remain in the market long after new introductions have rendered them obsolete. We only select RICs that feature the most current circuit, or the circuit one-back of the most current. This criteria alone eliminates a thousand or more outdated models from consideration.
Premium or Advanced Performance Only
The Big Six produce each circuit in at least three performance levels. Without a magnifying glass, it’s practically impossible to tell one level model from the other. We only list RICs with “premium” or “advanced” feature sets, and specify the EXACT model ID you must seek out. The lower grade models remove or degrade current technology features as a way of creating lower price points. Don’t go there.
Wireless Capabilities Only
Wireless features allow hearing aids to connect to each other and with BlueTooth devices like TVs and smartphones. Only consider RICs with wireless features.
If you are planning on buying hearing aids some time in the near future, check back with the RIC Report often as new introductions and changing market conditions are reflected here.