About Us

Our caring, professional staff is available to provide a full range of diagnostic testing and state-of-the-art hearing aid services. The team of audiologists and physicians is dedicated to providing clinical excellence and unsurpassed patient service.

Our Mission

Blue Ridge Hearing Aids & Audiology Services

Our practice is working together to realize a shared vision of uncompromising excellence in medical care.

To fulfill this mission, we are committed to:

  • Listening to those we are privileged to serve.
  • Earn the trust and respect of patients, professionals, and the community.
  • Exceed your expectations.
  • Ensure a creative, challenging and compassionate professional environment.
  • Strive for continuous improvement at all levels.

A Note from Our Office Staff

The audiologists at Blue Ridge Hearing Aids and Audiology are pleased to welcome you to our practice. Our Doctors of Audiology work closely with our physicians to provide state-of-the-art care and treatment for patients with hearing loss conditions. After extensive testing, we are able to offer customized treatment plans and rehabilitative options for our patients.

We know how hectic life can be and are committed to making our practice convenient and accessible. And we want you to feel confident that when you choose Blue Ridge Hearing Aids and Audiology, you’re working with doctors and other professionals who are qualified, experienced and caring.

All professionals at Blue Ridge Hearing Aids and Audiology maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff’s experience and training.

Please take a few moments to look through this website to get a better feel for Blue Ridge Hearing Aids and Audiology’s capabilities and services. We also invite you to email or call our office at any time to request an appointment or ask any questions. Thank you.

Carole Stephens Read, M.Ed., CCC-A, FAAA

Carole Stephens Read, M.Ed., CCC-A, FAAA

Audiologist

Carole received her Masters of Education degree in Audiology at the University of Virginia and has been practicing audiology in Lynchburg since 1982. Prior to her employment at Blue Ridge Hearing Aids and Audiology she was Director of Services at Central Virginia Audiology Services.
More About Carole Stephens

Education:

M.Ed. – Audiology, University of Virginia (1980)

B.A. – Psychology, Averett College (1975)

 

Certification/ Licensure:

CCC-A, Certificate of Clinical Competence – Audiology (No. 00863670), The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (1981 – present)

FAAA, Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (No. 2917500)

Audiology License (No. 2201000170), Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (1981 – present)

Hearing Aid Specialist License (No. 2101000316), Commonwealth of Virginia Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians (1981 – present)

 

Personal Information:

Carole has been practicing audiology and fitting hearing aids in Lynchburg since 1982. She helped establish Central Virginia Audiology Services (CVAS) for Drs. Gilmer and Hengerer in 1994 and served as its Director of Services until she and the two physicians joined Blue Ridge Ear, Nose, and Throat in 2009. While at CVAS, she was instrumental in the startup of the neonatal hearing screening program for Virginia Baptist Hospital. Carole greatly appreciates the many friendships that have been made with so many people who have entrusted their hearing health to her care over the years.

Alyson Butler Lake, Ph.D., CCC-A, Au.D.

Alyson Butler Lake, Ph.D., CCC-A, Au.D.

Audiologist

Dr. Alyson Lake became part of the Blue Ridge Hearing Aids and Audilogy team in 2014. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in communication sciences and disorders from James Madison University and her Doctor of Audiology and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from East Carolina University. Her areas of research interest through her graduate studies included the effect of noise exposure on the ear and speech recognition in noise.

More About Dr. Lake

Education:

Ph.D. – Audiology, East Carolina University (2016)

Dissertation Title: The effect of noise exposure on auditory threshold, otoacoustic emissions, and electrocochleography (Andrew Stuart, Mentor)

Au.D. – Audiology, East Carolina University (2014)

B.S. – Communication Sciences and Disorders, James Madison University (2008)

 

Certification/ Licensure:

CCC-A, Certificate of Clinical Competence – Audiology (No. 14050355), The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2014 – present)

Audiology License (No. 2201001518), Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (2014 – present)

Hearing Aid Specialist License (No. 2101002089), Commonwealth of Virginia Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians (2014 – present)

 

Published Refereed Journal Articles:

Lake, A.B., & Stuart, A. (in press). The effect of short-term noise exposure on audiometric thresholds, distortion product otoacoustic emissions, and electrocochleography. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Lake, A.B., & Stuart, A. (2017). The effect of test, electrode, and rate on electrocochleography measures. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. DOI: 10.3766/jaaa.17081

Stuart, A., & Butler, A.K. (2014). No learning effect observed for reception thresholds for sentences in noise. American Journal of Audiology, 23, 227-231. DOI: 10.1044/2014_AJA-14-0005

Stuart, A., Butler, A.K., Jones, S.M., & Jones, T.A. (2013). Real-ear output measures of SpeechEasy™ fluency devices. International Journal of Audiology, 52, 409-412. DOI: 10.3109/14992027.2013.770567

Stuart, A., & Butler, A.K. (2012). Contralateral suppression of transient otoacoustic emissions and sentence recognition in noise in young adults. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 23, 686-696. DOI: 10.3766/jaaa.23.9.3

 

Refereed Conference Presentations:

Butler Lake, A., & Stuart, A. (November 17, 2016). Reliability of ECochG measures with two electrodes. Poster presented at the 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Stuart, A., & Butler, A. (November 14, 2013). No learning effect with reception thresholds for sentences in noise. Poster presented at the 2013 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

Stuart, A., Jones, G., Watts, K., & Butler, A.K. (November 16, 2012). Diagnostic evaluation of infants in rural eastern North Carolina via teleaudiology. Poster presented at the 2012 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA.

Stuart, A., Butler, A., Jones, S, & Jones, T. (November 15, 2012). Real ear output measures of SpeechEasy™ fluency devices. Poster presented at the 2012 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA.

Butler, A., & Stuart, A. (November 17, 2011). Contralateral suppression of TEOAEs and speech recognition in noise. Poster presented at the 2010 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.

Butler, A.K., & Stuart, A. (November 2, 2010). Contralateral suppression of transient otoacoustic emissions and speech recognition in noise in normal-hearing young adults. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Neuroscience Symposium, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

 

Awards & Recognized Publications/Presentations:

Stuart, A., Jones, G., Watts, K., & Butler, A.K. (November 16, 2012). Diagnostic evaluation of infants in rural eastern North Carolina via teleaudiology. Meritorious Poster Submission, 2012 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA.

Butler, A. (2012). Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award (ARTA), American Speech Language Hearing Association.

 

Personal Information:

Alyson was born and raised in Lynchburg, VA. She was married in 2013 and enjoys following Carolina beach music bands with her husband. Most of her time is spent with her daughter and miniature schnauzer. She also bleeds purple and gold – Go Dukes and Pirates!

Peggy Warner, Au.D., CCC-A

Peggy Warner, Au.D., CCC-A

Audiologist

Dr. Warner joined Blue Ridge Hearing Aids and Audiology in 2015. Prior to her employment at Blue Ridge Hearing Aids and Audiology she was selected for and completed a year-long externship at the VA in Seattle, WA where she had unique clinic opportunities such as vestibular testing and cochlear implant mapping.
More About Dr. Warner

Education:

Au.D. – Audiology, University of Florida (2015)

B.A. – Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Central Florida (2011)

 

Certification/ Licensure:

CCC-A, Certificate of Clinical Competence – Audiology (No. 14158168), The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2015 – present)

Audiology License (No. 2201001605), Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (2015 – present)

Hearing Aid Specialist License (No. 2101002168), Commonwealth of Virginia Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians (2015 – present)

 

Awards:

Warner, P.A. (2015). Thomas B. Abbott Scholarship, University of Florida.

 

Research Experience:

Protection Against Gentamicin Ototoxicity Using a Novel Therapeutic Agent MitoQ

Portable Listening Devices and Gender Differences with Usage

Novel Strategy for Protection from Ototoxicity using Localized Hyperthermia and Hypothermia

 

Personal Information:

Peggy enjoys camping, hiking, and playing with her two dogs, Bayou and Beignet.

Chastity Woody RT(R), RMA, MHA

Chastity Woody RT(R), RMA, MHA

Clinical Coordinator of Audiology/Allergy

Chastity Woody received her Associate degree in Radiology in 1997 and joined the American Registry of Medical Assistants in 2014. In 2018, Chastity received her masters degree in Heatlhcare Administration from Jefferson College of Health Science. In her spare time, Chastity enjoys spending time with her four boys and reading.

More About Chastity

Education:

Central Virginia Community College, Associate in Radiology ,1997

American Registry of Medical Assistants, 2014

Jefferson College of Health Science, Masters in Healthcare Administration, 2018

What is an Audiologist?

An audiologist is a professional who has received a Master’s or Doctoral degree from an accredited university graduate program. This means your services are being provided by a professional who has spent between two to four years exclusively in the areas of ear and hearing disorders.

The physician-audiologist team is trained to diagnose, manage, and treat hearing or balance problems for individuals from birth through adulthood. If a patient’s hearing problem is non-medical in nature, the audiologist will recommend a treatment plan that incorporates a hearing aid or other assisting devices. There are no other professionals better trained or able to serve your needs.

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Patient-Focused

Patient satisfaction is the principal reason why our practice and patient family has grown over the years. In fact, that is why 80% of our new patients are referrals from existing patients.

Technology & Knowledge

Anyone can sell a hearing aid, but it takes someone special to help you to hear your best. Technology is only as good as the person who fits it to you. Visit us and experience the difference.

Insurance We Accept

We are pleased to participate with most major insurance companies. Our list is constantly being updated. Please contact our office directly for the latest information.

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(434) 200-8753

 

2319 Atherholt Road Lynchburg, VA 24501

 

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