Hearing & Balance Specialists of Kansas City is a clinician-owned private practice specializing in hearing loss, tinnitus and sound sensitivity, dizziness and imbalance, concussion, auditory processing disorders. Hearing & Balance also provides customized rehabilitative plans through hearing aids and other amplification options, physical therapy, and speech therapy.


Our Providers

Samuel Bittel, Au.D.

Vestibular Audiologist

Dr. Bittel is a specialist in the evaluation and treatment of vestibular disorders, dizziness, disequilibrium, and vertigo. He is regularly invited lecturer locally and nationally, is actively involved in research, and well published in the scientific literature.

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Laura Flowers, Au.D.

Tinnitus and Sound Sensitivity Audiologist

Dr. Flowers has been identifying, evaluating, and managing hearing loss, tinnitus, and sound sensitivity conditions for more than 13 years. Her passion for providing excellence in hearing health care has been fundamental to successful interactions and lifelong relationships with her patients and their families.

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Lainey Lake, Au.D.

Hearing and Auditory Processing Audiologist

Dr. Lake specializes in diagnosing hearing loss and tinnitus, offering her patients the most advanced hearing aid technology available. Her goal is to improve her patients’ lives through better hearing and auditory rehabilitation.

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Liz Fuemmeler, Au.D.

Vestibular and Concussion Audiologist

Dr. Fuemmeler is a specialist in the evaluation and treatment of vestibular disorders, dizziness, disequilibrium, and vertigo. She also performs specialized objective assessments following concussion or head injury.

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Paul Carter, Au.D.

Clinical Audiologist

Dr. Carter has been practicing in the Kansas City area for over eight years in various specialties including ear, nose, and throat (ENT), vestibular outpatient, and occupational health. His clinical interests include hearing loss, hearing aids, aural rehabilitation, hearing conservation, and musicians’ health.

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Julie Shoemake, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Julie works with patients with impairments in auditory processing, receptive language, expressive language, speech sounds, and cognition.

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Ashley Reed, DPT, AIB-VR/CON

Vestibular and Concussion Therapist

Dr. Reed specializes in the treatment of patients with dizziness and vestibular disorders, imbalance, concussions, and musculoskeletal or neurological disorders requiring physical therapy care. 

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Laura Frye, MA, SpEd, MS, CCC-SLP

Dyslexia Specialist

Laura Frye has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of dyslexia. She provides dyslexia evaluations for families all around the greater Kansas City area.

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