Audiologist in Ashburn, VA
Dr. Kristen Hood
Dr. Kristen Hood is the Audiologist at the offices in Ashburn and Leesburg, Virginia. She is originally from New Market, Maryland and currently resides in Middletown, Maryland. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech & Language Pathology and Audiology from Towson University and her Doctorate in Audiology from West Virginia University. She completed her residency at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia and her graduate thesis, “Audiology Awareness of Undecided College Students,” was published in The Hearing Journal. Born with a hearing loss, Dr. Hood understands what her patients experience on a personal level. She enjoys being able to share her own experiences with people as she helps them improve their health and ability to communicate with loved ones. Along with building lasting, meaningful relationships with her patients, Dr. Hood is also very passionate about raising awareness of the field of Audiology. She is licensed by the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Outside of the office, Dr. Hood enjoys boating and camping with her husband and their Great Dane, Maiden. She also loves exploring new restaurants and breweries.
Ashly Wilcox is an audiology resident at Live Better Hearing + Balance from Central Michigan University. Ashly chose Audiology because she's always had a passion for helping others. She loves that audiology allows her to get to know patients on an individual level. It also gives her opportunities to think "out of the box" when it comes to problem-solving and finding a solution that best fits someone's life. She is an avid lover of learning. When it comes to Audiology, the profession is continually improving and growing, which allows her to do the same. Her capstone project was a research study that consisted of researching the Effect Varying Signal to Noise Ratios and Reverberation Times has on a Listeners' Speech Perception with a Mild to Severe Sensorineural Hearing Loss. She received a research grant, the Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions Student Grant, to fund her research. She has received the J. Dean & Betty L. Eckersley Audiology Scholarship honoring clinical and academic excellence in September 2018 and The Nicholas Redfield Award, recognizing outstanding clinical and academic excellence in September 2019. In her free time, she loves to sew, knit, and crochet along with playing with her bearded dragon, Mushu. She also likes to hike.
Patient Care Coordinator
Donna Arefian is the Patient Care Coordinator at our offices in Ashburn and Leesburg. She is originally from New Jersey, but she moved to Maryland when she was ten years old and eventually moved to Virginia after she got married. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland in College Park and is currently studying to become a licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist. Donna’s motivation for working at LBH is improving the lives of her patients. For her, the expression a person makes when hearing something for the first time in years is, “priceless and beyond rewarding.” When she isn’t enriching the lives of her patients, Donna enjoys working with organizations that give back to her local community. She also loves hiking with her family and loves the fact that she is able to balance motherhood with her career and social life.