Oticon Ruby miniRITE

Oticon Ruby Hearing Aids

Models, Reviews, and Prices

Ratings

4 stars stars

3.8 stars from 6 reviews

About Oticon Ruby

Ruby is the latest budget-friendly, behind-the-ear style hearing aid from Danish hearing aid manufacturer Oticon. Ruby is available in rechargeable and non-rechargeable models and comes in a variety of power levels to suit a large range of hearing needs. If you have a mild, moderate, or severe hearing loss, you can benefit from Ruby.

Oticon designed Ruby to provide modern speech processing at an affordable price point, while providing access to the same connectivity and rechargeability available in more advanced Oticon products from the same generation, like the Oticon Opn S.

Five models available

Ruby is available in three receiver in canal (RIC) models and two behind-the-ear (BTE) models. The miniRITE and miniRITE-T (includes telecoil) models both use a size 312 disposable battery, while the miniRITE-R utilizes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The miniRITE is the smallest form factor available, but is also the only form factor to not offer a volume rocker switch. All miniRITE models are IP68 rated for moisture and dust protection and provide sound using wired speakers that sit inside the ear canal.

The BTE and BTE PP both operate on a size 13 battery, and use traditional earmolds and tubes or thin tubes that connect to interchangeable ear canal domes or custom fitted earpieces. The PP model includes a more powerful speaker for more severe losses, and both BTE models use IP68 rated for moisture and dust protection.

All five Ruby models are compatible with the Oticon CROS. A CROS device is used for those patients who have single-sided deafness.

Ruby technology overview

Ruby runs on Oticon’s Velox S sound processing platform, which was launched in 2019 and powered Oticon’s previous flagship, Opn S. Oticon has since launched More, which runs on their latest sound processing platform, Polaris. Ruby replaces Oticon’s previous budget-friendly behind-the-ear solution, Siya. Siya utilized Oticon’s Velox sound processing platform, which was first launched in 2016 and powered the original Opn device. Oticon still sells in-the-ear Siya hearing aids, but no longer offers the behind-the-ear models.

Ruby is available in two different technology levels: Ruby 1 (more expensive, and more sophisticated) and Ruby 2 (less expensive, and less sophisticated). Both levels utilize the Velox S platform, which utilizes Oticon’s BrainHearing™ technology. Oticon claims that BrainHearing enables “less listening effort” and “better speech understanding and capacity to remember more of what one has heard.” The following is a list of key features available within this platform for improved communication.

  • Noise Reduction LX - reduces background noise interference, even in-between words
  • Speech Rescue LX - provides high frequency speech information in a more audible range custom to your hearing levels (not available in Ruby 2)
  • Multiband Adaptive Directionality LX - analyzes the sound environment and adjusts microphone focus according to hearing needs
  • Wind Noise Management - provides better listening in windy environments
  • Single Compression LX - concentrates speech sounds into a more audible range custom to your hearing levels
  • Feedback shield LX - suppresses feedback over time
  • SuperShield - prevents whistling feedback from occurring in the first place. Works in tandem with the Feedback shield LX. (not available in Ruby 2)
  • Tinnitus SoundSupport - presentation of sounds to provide relief for patients experiencing tinnitus

Oticon On Smartphone App

Ruby is compatible with Oticon’s latest app, Oticon ON, which allows you to customize and control your listening experience. This is helpful if you prefer to override or adjust the automatic environmental adjustments provided by Oticon’s Velox S platform. Of note, many patients do well in the automatic settings and may never change their devices themselves. The app also allows connection to Bluetooth cell phones and options to help you find your hearing aids if you lose them.

Oticon Ruby and the Oticon On Smartphone App

Oticon Ruby and the Oticon On Smartphone App

The Oticon ON app allows you to switch between programs, adjust volume, connect to an array of Oticon wireless accessories, and control Internet of Things (IoT) devices like light bulbs and coffee makers. Accessory options from Oticon include remote microphones, remote controls, and TV adaptors for those who still struggle to hear with their hearing aids. These are the same options available to all Oticon product lines.

The Oticon On app also allows you to connect to your hearing healthcare provider through RemoteCare. Basic adjustments and fine-tuning for your hearing aids can be completed via virtual appointments from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Considering the other options

While Ruby is a good budget-friendly hearing aid, there are other manufacturers that offer more modern lower-priced options . For example, Phonak offers the Audeo Paradise P30, which runs on Phonak’s current technology platform (unlike Ruby, which runs on Oticon’s previous generation platform). Purchasing a product from a manufacturer’s most recent platform may be helpful to ensure you get the most out of your investment.

Oticon claims the technology in Velox S enables reduced listening effort in complex listening environments, like restaurants. However, since Ruby runs on a previous-generation technology platform, it won’t perform as well on noise processing and speech enhancement as products running on Oticon’s new Polaris platform.

If you are an existing, successful Oticon user interested in an upgrade — but not a high price tag — consider Ruby. Many audiologists have found that patients are typically successful with new technology from a given manufacturer, if they’ve been successful with that manufacturer in the past — even if the new technology isn’t from the flagship technology level. As always, ensure you go to a provider who knows the technology inside and out, and therefore can adjust the devices to suit your needs in the most optimal way, regardless of the bells and whistles involved.

Oticon Ruby Model Comparison

Oticon Ruby miniRITE Oticon Ruby miniRITE-T Oticon Ruby miniRITE-R Oticon Ruby BTE PP Oticon Ruby BTE
Oticon Ruby miniRITE Oticon Ruby miniRITE-T Oticon Ruby miniRITE-R Oticon Ruby BTE PP Oticon Ruby BTE
Rating
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1 review

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5 reviews

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Android Compatibility
Bluetooth® Audio Protocol
  • Made for iPhone (MFi)
Protocol
  • Made for iPhone (MFi)
Protocol
  • Made for iPhone (MFi)
Protocol
  • Made for iPhone (MFi)
Protocol
  • Made for iPhone (MFi)
Disposable Batteries Battery Size
312
Battery Size
312
Battery Size
13
Battery Size
13
Hands-Free Calling Protocol
  • Accessory required
Protocol
  • Accessory required
Protocol
  • Accessory required
Protocol
  • Accessory required
Protocol
  • Accessory required
IP Rating (Liquid) 8 8 8 8 8
IP Rating (Solid) 6 6 6 6 6
Made For iPhone Lowest iOS Version
9.2
Lowest iOS Version
9.2
Lowest iOS Version
9.2
Lowest iOS Version
9.2
Lowest iOS Version
9.2
Push Button Push Button Options
  • Program control
  • Volume Control
  • Mute control
Push Button Options
  • Program control
  • Volume Control
  • Mute control
Push Button Options
  • Program control
  • Volume Control
  • Mute control
Push Button Options
  • Program control
  • Volume Control
  • Mute control
Push Button Options
  • Program control
  • Volume Control
  • Mute control
Rechargeable Batteries Battery Type
Lithium-ion
Telecoil
Volume Control
Water Resistant Coating
Downloads
Colors
Accessories

Model details listed above may be incomplete or inaccurate. For full specifications please refer to product specifications published by the original equipment manufacturer. To suggest a correction to the details listed, please email info@hearingtracker.com.

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Oticon Ruby Technology Levels

Technology specifications listed above may be incomplete or inaccurate. For full specifications please refer to product specifications published by the original equipment manufacturer. To suggest a correction to the details listed, please email info@hearingtracker.com.

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Oticon Ruby Accessories

ConnectClip

ConnectClip

Functions

Compatible Aids

  • Ruby miniRITE
  • Ruby miniRITE-T
  • Ruby miniRITE-R
  • Ruby BTE PP
  • Ruby BTE

CROS

CROS

Functions

  • CROS System

Compatible Aids

  • Ruby miniRITE
  • Ruby miniRITE-T
  • Ruby miniRITE-R
  • Ruby BTE PP
  • Ruby BTE

CROS PX

CROS PX

Functions

  • CROS System

Compatible Aids

  • Ruby BTE
  • Ruby BTE PP
  • Ruby miniRITE-R
  • Ruby miniRITE-T
  • Ruby miniRITE

On App

On App

Functions

  • Smartphone App

Compatible Aids

  • Ruby miniRITE
  • Ruby miniRITE-T
  • Ruby miniRITE-R
  • Ruby BTE PP
  • Ruby BTE

Oticon charger

Oticon charger

Functions

  • Battery Charger

Compatible Aids

  • Ruby miniRITE-R

Phone Adapter 2.0

Phone Adapter 2.0

Functions

  • Landline to Streaming

Compatible Aids

  • Ruby miniRITE
  • Ruby miniRITE-T
  • Ruby miniRITE-R
  • Ruby BTE PP
  • Ruby BTE

Remote Control 3.0

Remote Control 3.0

Functions

  • Remote Control

Compatible Aids

  • Ruby miniRITE
  • Ruby miniRITE-T
  • Ruby miniRITE-R
  • Ruby BTE PP
  • Ruby BTE

TV Adapter 3.0

TV Adapter 3.0

Functions

  • TV Streamer

Compatible Aids

  • Ruby miniRITE
  • Ruby miniRITE-T
  • Ruby miniRITE-R
  • Ruby BTE PP
  • Ruby BTE

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Oticon Ruby Reviews

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Overall Ratings

Hearing Tracker uses a ten-question survey to assess consumer feedback on hearing aids. The percentage bars below reflect the average ratings provided per question, averaged across all hearing aids belonging to this family of devices.
Note: Original answers provided in star rating format.

Benefit in Quiet
No data available
79%
Benefit in Noise
No data available
66%
Benefit on the Phone
No data available
66%
Clear and Natural
No data available
75%
Music Improvement
No data available
70%
Physical Comfort
No data available
79%
Reliability
No data available
66%
Feedback
No data available
66%
Hearing Improvement
No data available
75%
Value
No data available
70%
Anonymous
Anonymous 01 October 2021
2 stars stars
Oticon Ruby 1 Oticon Ruby miniRITE

Budget-friendly means cheap! Start up chimes plays for no reason when in use. Also the aids will beep as if the volume has been adjusted when no change has been made. There is nothing to like about these aids. Sound quality is not that great either. Also the last but not least, words flutter. Sounds like someone talking under water.

Anonymous
Anonymous 13 May 2021
5 stars stars
Oticon Ruby 1 Oticon Ruby miniRITE-R

The new units come with a thin plastic puller to remove the ear unit. On mine the right side tucks around the inner ear. Left side pops out every 5 minutes. It was not positioned right to tuck in. I'm trying to bend the plastic to stay in my ear. I have the Ruby unit. Hearing is good. Gotta get used to all sounds. It could use more Bass but that might just be me. Just received them 2 days ago. 

Anonymous
Anonymous 23 October 2020
5 stars stars
Oticon Ruby 2 Oticon Ruby miniRITE-R

- Appears invisible once on

- hearing and sound improvement is amazing, my eyes popped open and more alert, tension dissolved too - no more straining to hear 

- recharges quickly and lasts all day long

- crispness of voice sounds, clarity of words heard, being able to hear fully again is wonderful

- programmable, modern technology, can to connect to my phone, keyboard and computer, great for zoom meetings 

- able to distinguish clearly in crowds when someone is talking to me

Thank you, I love my Ruby 2 miniRite-R

Anonymous
Anonymous 22 October 2020
2 stars stars
Oticon Ruby 2 Oticon Ruby miniRITE-R

In less that a month using the Rubi 2 they stop functioning. First the left hearing aid. After replacing them the right one stop functioning. This is very ridiculous.

Anonymous
Anonymous 21 October 2020
5 stars stars
Oticon Ruby 1 Oticon Ruby miniRITE-R

Clear sound and easy to use. Adapts very well to background environments like a cafe.

Roy A
Roy A 27 July 2020
3.5 stars stars
Oticon Ruby 1 Oticon Ruby miniRITE-R

expensive

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