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Dr. Matthew J. Brown, AuD

Dr. Matthew J. Brown, AuD

Audiologist, FAAA, CCC-A


  • Au.D. – University of Kansas Medical Center, Doctor Of Audiology
  • B.S. – Missouri State University, Sociology with emphasis in Criminal Justice


  • Fellow – American Academy of Audiology
    Professional Member – American Tinnitus Association
  • Professional Member – American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Member – Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Member – Lawrence Area Partners on Aging (LAPA)

About Dr. Brown:

After spending over a decade protecting his community as a police officer, Dr. Brown decided to return to school to pursue his dream of becoming an Audiologist. This was an easy decision; his son was having difficulty hearing, which in turn affected his speech and articulation. This was the driving factor of becoming an Audiologist.

Dr. Brown received his Doctorate degree in Audiology from the University of Kansas. He is board certified (CCC-A) by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Brown has many years practicing in the Kaw Valley area, with extensive experience and expertise in pediatric audiology, adult and geriatric audiology, tinnitus evaluation, aural rehabilitation, hearing aid evaluations, fitting and service.

Dr. Brown originally hails from the Kansas City area, but now calls Lawrence home. He lives in the country, just outside of Lawrence, with his wife who is a school teacher in Lawrence. Dr. Brown and his wife, Kathy are active members in the Lawrence community where they serve on the Governing Board of Directors at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. In his free time, Dr. Brown enjoys scuba diving, fly fishing, and spending time with his family.

Dr. Brown would like to personally welcome you to Kaw Valley Hearing, where YOU come first!

Kara Barrus, HIS

Kara Barrus, HIS

Hearing Instrument Specialist

Kara comes to Kaw Valley Hearing with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders and a minor in Signed Languages. She decided to take her passion for individuals with hearing difficulties and pursue a career in Audiology as a Hearing Instrument Specialist.

Kara was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, but now lives in Lenexa with her husband who is the Director of Railroad for a concrete, asphalt and railroad construction company. In her free time, Kara enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and most recently taking in all of the great sites, foods and experiences that the Kansas City and surrounding areas provide. Kara is excited for the opportunity to work with all of you and looks forward to helping you in your continuation of care.

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