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Richard Harrell

Dr. Harrell earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Radford University with an internship at North Carolina Baptist hospital. He holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Dr. Harrell moved to the New River Valley from New York where he served as professor of Audiology at the State University of New York–New Paltz. He served as assistant professor of Audiology at Radford University from 1994 to 2000 and founded The Hearing Clinic, Inc. in 1995.

In 2000, the Audiology department at Lewis-Gale clinic was purchased and became part of The Hearing Cinic, Inc. Dr. Harrell served on the Virginia Department of Health task force for infant hearing screening and was one of the authors of the original protocol for universal infant hearing screening in Virginia. His academic research interests included central auditory processing and Otoacoustic emissions for which he has presented numerous lectures. He has been an invited speaker for various national conferences and organizations and is a contributing author to The Handbook of Clinical Audiology’s fifth edition. Dr. Harrell’s personal interests include skiing and cycling.

Jeff Akers

Jeff Akers earned his B.S. and M.S. from Radford University. His first audiology position was in Charlottle, NC where he worked with both otolaryngologists and rehabilitation centers. In 2000 he joined The Hearing Clinic to serve as Director of Audiology for the office at Lewis-Gale Clinic in Salem, VA. His current professional interests included vestibular evaluation for patients with dizziness and vertigo as well as providing advanced hearing aid technology to patients with hearing loss. A native of Floyd County, he has enjoyed his return to the mountains of southwest Virginia. His personal interests include golf and horseback riding. Additionally, he also happens to be an accomplished third-generation stone mason for which his friends frequently take advantage.

Regina Talbert

Regina is a 1993 graduate of Radford University. She completed an extensive internship at the Medical College of Virginia prior to receiving her Master’s degree in Audiology. Upon receiving her degree she was bestowed Radford University’s best research thesis award. Her previous work experience included tenures at North Carolina Eye and Ear Hospital in Durham, NC and Wake Forest University / N.C. Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. She specializes in diagnositics and hearing aid dispensing. Her personal interests include watersports, bicycling, and reading.

Dr. Ashley MerrifieldDr. Ashley Merrifield

Dr. Merrifield earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from West Virginia University in 2009. She then traveled to Ohio State University where she earned her Doctor of Audiology degree in 2013. In 2011 she was the first recipient of the “Richard Gans Scholarship in Vestibular Science” award. Dr. Merrifield completed her 4th-year Audiology Externship at the Mountain Home VA Medical Center in Mountain Home, Tennessee where she focused on audiologic rehabilitation and tinnitus counseling in the Veteran population. Dr. Merrifield’s professional interests include tinnitus assessment and counseling, pediatric audiology, as well as vestibular evaluation. In May of 2013, Dr. Merrifield joined The Hearing Clinic, Inc in Blacksburg, Virginia.
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