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Dr. Kelley Linton


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I'm an audiologist in private practice in Arkansas. I graduated from the University of Florida medical school. I specialize in hearing loss; hearing rehabilitation; hearing aids; noise induced hearing loss; occupational noise exposure; OSHA guidelines and regulations; hearing protection; tinnitis; newborn hearing testing; children and hearing loss and diagnosis and etiology of hearing loss.

Experience in the area

I've been a practicing audiologist for 20 years and have owned a private practice for 14 years. I am also an audiologist in the United States Army where I teach DOD hearing conservation regulations and manage 3000 DOD employees at an army industrial facility.


Arkansas Academy of Audiology American Academy of Audiology Academy of Doctors of Audiology American Speech and Hearing Association National Hearing Conservation Association


Journal of the Academy of Audiology Southwest Times Record, Fort Smith, Arkansas Press Argus Courier, Van Buren, Arkansas


Au.D. - Doctor of Audiology, University of Florida American Academy of Audiology fellow member Audiology Board Certification American Speech and Hearing Association certification Arkansas State Audiology license-current CPT United States Army Medical Corps

Awards and Honors

American Speech and Hearing Association "ACE" award x 7 years United States Army Accommodation Award Arkansas Academy of Audiology elected board of director x 3 years Better community award, Fort Smith, AR for volunteer audiology service to free community health clinic

Past/Present Clients

Serving newborn to geriatric ages.....unable to provide specific names.

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Recent Answers from Dr. Kelley Linton

2017-01-20 tinnitus:

The eardrum may take a couple of weeks to heal.  If has already been that long then it probably will not heal with this new medicine and will probably need surgery to repair it.  There is no guarantee

2017-01-19 tinnitus:

Manish,    The medicine will certainly not hurt the healing and may help, however, the eardrum will usually repair itself.  The tissue that makes up the eardrum regrows and repairs itself.    In some instances

2016-11-11 Random loud sounds:

Anta,    That level of sound might be loud and possibly uncomfortable but should not cause permanent ear damage.  According to NIOSH (researchers of noise exposure and ear damage) you would have to be

2016-10-28 Hearing:

Agapi,    As long as you were wearing the earplug, your ear will be protected around sound that loud and for that short of time.  Although you could actually "feel" the sound pressure, the earplug will

2016-09-08 EAR WAX: pretty much have it!    We recommend oil for a few days (natural oil like olive, tea tree oil) then flush with 1/2 water, 1/2 hydrogen peroxide (luke warm temp).  You can add a dash of vinegar


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