Blount Hearing and Speech Services
At Blount Hearing & Speech Services in Maryville, TN our audiologists and speech language pathologists treat each patient with the upmost care and work thoroughly to deliver better hearing.
At BHSS, no two people are fit with a hearing aid in the same way. Recognizing the solutions to hearing loss are found on an individual basis. Our Maryville Audiologists will never sell you a hearing aid until you are completely satisfied. The needs of each patient and their satisfaction are our number one priority.
It is a privilege to serve the Maryville, TN community and the surrounding areas. We offer a range of diagnostics and procedures to determine the cause of your hearing or speech issue, and we work to find a solution to help you hear or speak more comfortably.
Meet Our Providers
John Berry, M.S.
John Seymour Berry received a BA from Saint Edwards University in 1968. During his tenure at the University of St. Edwards, John worked as a house parent and supervisor at the Texas School for the Deaf. Because of this experience, John began his Masters in Deaf Education at the University of Texas in 1968. He transferred to the University of Tennessee where he received his MS in Deaf Education in 1972.
After graduating, John worked at the University of Tennessee for 10 years and served as a teacher-clinician and coordinator of the Verbotonal Preschool Program. He was an instructor and supervisor of the Verbotonal Adult Aural Rehabilitation Program. John also studied in Zagreb, Croatia, at the Centre SUVAG to become a trainer in the Verbotonal Method and is a certified Verbotonal Aural Rehabilitation Therapist.
John’s career goals have included establishing both domestic and international hearing aid assistance programs; being involved in research to explore the field of auditory perception, and establishing a therapy and training center to promote the principles and strategies of the Verbotonal System.
Paul D. Rook, M.S., CCC-A
Paul Rook earned his Master of Science Degree in Audiology in 1974 at the University of South Florida. As a research project, he standardized the Myatt and Landes Picture Discrimination Test for preschool children.
While at the University of South Florida he was also inducted into the academic Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a Fellow and Life Member of the American Academy of Audiology and is a member of the Tennessee Hearing Society. Paul continues to be active in the audiology community. He served on the ASHA’s Audiology Standard Setting Study and served two terms as President of the Tennessee Hearing Society. He has presented papers on various topics in audiology, including cochlear dead regions and middle ear pathology. Currently, he is interested in the association between hearing loss and dementia.
Beth Galloway, Au.D., CCC-A
Beth Galloway has been with Blount Hearing and Speech Services (BHSS) since May 2011. She graduated with her Doctor of Audiology degree (Au.D.) in 2011 from the University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville. She also received her Master’s in 2009 and Bachelor’s in 2007, both degrees in Audiology from UT.
Beth Galloway is interested in modern hearing aid circuits and the effect it has on the interaction between auditory and speech perception. “I enjoy studying the technology,” she says. “Our field is constantly advancing its technology and algorithm solutions. Having a better understanding of the differences in technology helps me to better understand my patients’ needs, and fit them with the right hearing aids.” She added, “Patients expect their audiologists to know exactly what the technology does and will do for them, not only to improve their hearing but improve their quality of life. My job truly is rewarding. I am constantly reminded of the miracle of hearing given to us by our Creator. I feel blessed to be in a field that reveals this gift.”
Among her rewarding experiences, Beth enjoys frequent trips to Jamaica where she fits hearing aids on children in several area Deaf schools through The Hearing and Speech Foundation. Beth is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She grew-up in Athens, Tennessee and currently lives in Knoxville with her Husband, Daniel.
Natalie McAmis, M.A., CCC-A
Natalie McAmis graduated from The University of Tennessee with her Master’s Degree in Audiology in May 2000. Although Natalie specialized in pediatric audiology and auditory processing disorders, she works with all age patient populations. She has been with Blount Hearing & Speech Services since 1998. She was instrumental in establishing the newborn hearing screening program and its protocols at Blount Memorial Hospital.
Natalie is a native of Blount County. She and her husband, Brad, have two children, Laine and Luke. She enjoys camping with her family and is very active in the preschool ministry at her church. Natalie is a member of The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Kathy L. Bennett, M.A., CCC-SLP
Kathy earned her Master of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1986 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Kathy has a state license in Speech-Language Pathology from the Tennessee Board of Communication Disorders and Sciences. She is also licensed by the Tennessee State Department of Education.
Kathy has been with Blount Hearing and Speech Services, Inc. since 2007. Kathy has over 30 years of experience providing speech-language evaluations and treatment services in a variety of settings such as preschools, schools, private schools, and private practice. Her interests include speech sound production, receptive and expressive language, early literacy, hearing impairments, cochlear implants, and auditory processing disorders.