The RIC Report December 1, 2016

On the first of each month Hearing Found publishes The RIC Report – a listing of the most desirable hearing models available as derived from selection criteria detailed in the book “How to Win at Hearing Aids.”

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.

  • ch#5

    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.

    Read Chapter 5

  • ch#6

    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.

    Read Chapter 6

  • ch#7

    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.

    Read Chapter 7

  • ch#8

    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 This criteria alone eliminates a thousand or more outdated models from consideration.

    Read Chapter 8

  • ch#9

    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.

    Read Chapter 9

  • ch#10

    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.

    Read Chapter 10

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.