Dr. Heather Balsley was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland. While in high school she took American Sign Language courses at Maryland School for the Deaf and developed a deep interest in ASL, augmentative communication and hearing loss. She attended James Madison University and earned her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Special Education. Following her undergraduate work, she completed her Doctorate in Audiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her studies at UNC she was awarded a Pediatric Audiology Training grant which provided enrichment opportunities in the specialty of working with children and their families. Prior to joining Central Carolina ENT Associates, Dr. Balsley worked as an Educational Audiologist for the Wake County Public School Systems for five years.
Dr. Balsley is licensed by the NC Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologist and certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She is also fluent in American Sign Language. Her interests include pediatrics, hearing aids, assistive listening devices, diagnostics and early identification of hearing loss.
Dr. Balsley and her husband Brannon have three sons, Ben, Austin, and Elliot. Their family enjoys camping, hiking, boating and seeking adventure. In her free time, Dr. Balsley enjoys crafting, sewing and pottery.