Your degree and type of hearing loss

Certain types of hearing loss warrant certain kinds of hearing aids.  A big hearing loss will require a more powerful hearing aid. Usually, bigger hearing aids have more powerful speakers and can get louder than smaller hearing aids.

Listening Requirements and Technology Needs

If you are frequently in noisy situations and difficult-to-hear places, you will likely benefit from a hearing aid with more advanced technology.


You should keep in mind your ability to handle a hearing aid and its controls.  Smaller hearing aids often use the smallest size batteries and have the smallest buttons.  Some hearing aids have a rechargeable battery option which is a big help for hearing aid users that have difficulty changing their batteries.

Ear shape and size

Depending on the shape and size of your ear, certain hearing aid styles, sizes, and types might be impossible to make!  At Hearing Beyond, we will work with you to determine any contraindications to certain hearing aid styles.

Receiver in the Canal (RIC)

The most common style of hearing aids is the Receiver in the Canal (RIC).  Approximately 80% of hearing aid users have this style of hearing aid.  Generally, RIC hearing aids are comfortable in the ear, sound great, and are easy to maintain.  Some hearing aid users with good low frequency hearing can take advantage of an “open-fit” RIC hearing aid, which are very comfortable and allows for excellent ventilation.

Traditional Behind-The-Ear (BTE)

Traditional Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing aids are an excellent choice for individuals requiring more power from their hearing devices.  BTE hearing aids are coupled to a custom ear mold. Often, children are prescribed BTE style hearing aids because the ear molds provide a consistently good fit, resulting in appropriate amplification.

Invisible in the Canal (IIC)

The smallest variety of hearing aids is known as Invisible in the Canal (IIC) hearing aids.  These hearing aids fit deep in the ear canal.  IIC hearing aids use the smallest size battery and electronic components since space is so limited deep in the ear.  An IIC hearing aid is only appropriate for mild to moderate hearing losses.

Completely in the Canal (CIC)

Completely in the Canal (CIC) hearing aids are slightly bigger than IIC hearing aids.

In the Canal (ITC)

In the Canal (ITC) hearing aids are often loaded with more features, more power, and a longer battery life than a CIC hearing aid.

In the Ear (ITE)

In the Ear (ITE) hearing aids are larger sized custom hearing aids.  They can be used to fit severe hearing losses, and are often loaded with more features and a longer battery life than ITC hearing aids.


Hearing Survey

Let's hear about your hearing! Take our 1 minute survey and find your hearing score.

First, tell us a bit about yourself!  We just need your first name and phone number.

1 / 7

Do you encounter situations where you cannot hear clearly?

2 / 7

Do family members and friends make remarks about you missing what was said?

3 / 7

Do you have trouble hearing on the phone?

4 / 7

Do others complain that you keep the TV too loud?

5 / 7

Do you have trouble hearing higher pitched voices (for example, children's voices)?

6 / 7

Do you need to ask people to repeat themselves?

7 / 7

Do you have trouble hearing in noisy places (restaurant, party, family get-together)?