Hearing Aids Specialist

Bhama 'Bee' Pathak, MA, CCC-A, FAAA -  - Audiologist

Professional Hearing & Balance Services

Bhama 'Bee' Pathak, MA, CCC-A, FAAA

Audiologist located in Reston, VA

Those who have a hearing impairment often benefit from the use of hearing aids. These electronic devices use a microphone to pick up sounds, along with amplifier circuitry to make the sound louder and a miniature loudspeaker that delivers the intensified sound into the ear canal to help you hear better. To find out more about how hearing aids improve your quality of life, call or make an appointment online today at Professional Hearing & Balance Services in Reston, Virginia.

Hearing Aids Q & A


What styles of hearing aids are available?

The hearing aids offered, like BEYOND™, are tiny computers that adjust automatically to changes in your hearing environment. However, some basic digital hearing aids require you to make some manual adjustments in certain listening environments, including adjusting the volume or changing programs.

The most common styles of hearing aids include:

In the ear
Worn in your ear, this type of hearing aid gets custom-fit, based on a cast or impression of your ear and comes in several sizes, including:

  • Invisible in the canal: sits in or past the second bend of your ear canal
  • Completely in the canal: fits deeply and entirely within your ear canal, making them nearly invisible
  • In the canal: sit in the lower section of your outer ear bowl
  • Full shell: sit flush within your entire ear bowl

Discuss your choices with your audiologist at Professional Hearing Aid Service

Behind the ear

Fashioned to sit behind or on top of your outer ear, with tubing or wiring that routes sounds down into your ear, this hearing aid comes in a variety of colors and styles to accommodate both your personality and the different features, controls, battery types, and degrees of power. Some of the more common behind the ear styles include:

  • Mini BTE with slim tube and tip: hide behind your outer ear and offer a natural, open feeling
  • The receiver in the ear: similar to the Mini BTE, except the speaker is incorporated in the ear tip
  • BTE with earmold: offer a longer shape that follows the contour behind your outer ear to house many features

It’s best to have an audiologist at Professional Hearing Aid Service help you find the right hearing aid.


What are the most common brands of hearing aids?

A wide range of technology and a host of features are available in each hearing aid style. Professional Hearing Aid Service offers the most common brands, including:

  • earVenture: Favor, Savvy, reVel
  • Oticon: Opn™
  • Phonak: The Virto™
  • Resound: LiNX Quattro™, LiNX 3D™, LiNX2™, ENZO 3D™, Enya™
  • Signia/Siemens: including most of the the Pure® Nx models
  • Starkey: Halo iQ and TruLink™ Hearing Control app
  • Widex: EVOKE™, CUSTOM ™, BEYOND™, Unique, Dream, Super

Each brand, make, and model varies in price and available features.


What factors should you consider when choosing the right hearing aid?

To help you select the best hearing aid, your audiologist at Professional Hearing Aid Service takes several details into consideration, including:

  • The severity of your hearing loss
  • Manual and visual abilities
  • Budget
  • Cosmetics and skin sensitivities
  • Lifestyle and listening needs

To find out which hearing aid is best for you, call or make an appointment online today at Professional Hearing Aid Service in Reston, Virginia.