About Us

Our Audiologists

Advanced Hearing & Balance Specialists has been providing audiology services for more than 40 years.

With offices in 8 communities throughout Southern Utah and Nevada, we make it convenient for you to receive the highest levels of hearing and balance care.

We always put our patients’ concerns first, matching each individual’s needs with the treatments and tools that fit their lifestyle.

Our Patients Choose us Because:

We have a walk-in service lab that makes it convenient when there is an issue.
We have been serving the hearing community for over 45 years.
We give you a free lifetime supply of batteries with our premium service plan.
We have special financing option available subject to credit approval.
We provide a 60-day risk-free trial period with your hearing aids.
We work with hundreds of physicians throughout the region to help with their patients’ hearing and balance problems.

Our Providers

Our staff is made up of only highly-trained, experienced clinicians. All clinicians are licensed professionals who stay up-to-date with extensive continuing education.

Dr. Lance F. Greer, Au.D.

First Doctor of Audiology in Southern Utah

Dr. Lance F. Greer, Au.D—He has been practicing with Kimball for the past 23 years and is a co-owner and provider in the practice with over 24 years of experience. He specializes in hearing loss counseling, hearing device selection and service; medical hearing assessments for adults; Veteran Administration (VA) Compensation and Pension examinations for military veteran's hearing loss and tinnitus, diagnostic balance and dizziness assessments, treatment solutions for dizziness, industrial hearing conservation testing and Newborn Infant Hearing Screening Director at St. George Regional Medical Center and more.

Lance, his wife Shannon and their 5 children have loved living in Southern Utah and have grown their roots deep with the St. George and surrounding community by being involved with their children's school and sporting activities, volunteering in community events and many church service opportunities.

Dr. Eric L. Maxwell, Au.D

So the first thing you need to know about Dr. Maxwell is that he LOVES to sing!! Unfortunately, those around him prefer that he doesn't sing. He continually hopes and prays that one day his voice will magically sing all the notes on tune. However, even now, on your birthday he is happy to sing a rousing version of Happy Birthday in Portuguese.

The second thing you need to know is that he loves to travel, explore new places, and be outside. So you may find him on the mountain hiking, or on a trail or road bicycling, or walking with his wife, or exploring some exotic place. Most of all he loves spending time with his wife, children, soon to be grandchildren, and helping out at church. He thoroughly enjoys helping people be able to hear better so that they can be part of life again and to teach about the importance of protecting hearing.

Some of the more mundane things are that he grew up in St. George and his dad grew up in Enoch so there is extended family all over southern Utah. He graduated with his Masters in Audiology from University of Utah 23+ years ago and with his Doctorate in Audiology from A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ. Finally, he likes clean, funny, and appropriate jokes.

Kimball B. Forbes, MCD (Retired)

Kimball B. Forbes, MCD, has enjoyed helping patients hear well again for 34 years, making him the longest-tenured audiologist in southern Utah. He earned a Master of Communication Disorders in audiology from Brigham Young University and went on to establish 11 hearing clinics in Utah and Nevada, all of which continue to thrive under his direction and leadership.

Dr. Forbes specializes in hearing aid sales and service; counseling; earmolds and protective hearing devices; and diagnostic medical hearing assessments for adults and children. His own hearing loss makes him uniquely qualified to treat patients using the latest hearing technologies.

He is married to his wife Jonna; the couple are the proud parents of eight children and twelve grandchildren. He enjoys visiting his children and grandchildren as well as his parents. He and Jonna love serving in the LDS temple and teach in the church. He also enjoys reading history and biographies and watching the Hallmark Channel.


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Dr. Heather A. Smith, Au.D.

Dr. Heather A. Smith, Au.D., recently moved to St. George from Southwestern Idaho where she has lived for the past 15 years. She graduated from Idaho State University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders in 2012 and her Doctor of Audiology degree in 2018.

Dr. Smith completed her residency at St. Luke’s Elks Hearing and Balance in Idaho with a special emphasis on balance assessments and auditory brainstem response evaluation and interpretation. She enjoys working with adults and children and is passionate about providing excellent patient care in an individualized manner. She has served two foreign missions: one in Italy as a proselyting missionary and the other in Peru as a medical missionary.

Dr. Smith and her husband Jeff are the proud parents of seven children. She enjoys running, hiking, and bicycling and is excited to explore the hiking and biking trails of Southern Utah.

Dr. Nicole Thiede, Au.D.

Dr. Nicole Thiede, Au.D., has traveled as far as El Salvador and the Dominican Republic to help fit people with hearing aids. Dr. Thiede graduated from Utah State University and earned her Bachelor of Science in communicative disorders and deaf education, eventually moving on to earn her Doctor of Audiology.

Her passion for working with the deaf and hard of hearing community is what led her to become an audiologist. She then had her first externship at Bridgeland Audiology in Logan, Utah. Dr. Thiede now specializes in adult hearing aids and diagnostics.

Her proficiency in American Sign Language helps her to better communicate with patients who may have severe hearing loss. In her spare time, Dr. Thiede enjoys hanging out with her family and dog, crafting and listening to true crime podcasts.

Dr. Kimberly Redford

Dr. Kimberly Redford has worked in the field of audiology since 2008 and as an audiologist since 2014.  She graduated from Utah State in 2009 with her Bachelors in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education.  She then graduated from University of Utah with her Doctorate in Audiology in 2014.  

She has an extensive background treating a variety of patients with traumatic brain injuries, stroke, sudden hearing loss, brain tumors, medicinal ototoxicity, tinnitus, hearing conservation, neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring, pediatric hearing loss, and adult hearing loss.  She also has experience with cochlear implant candidacy testing and mapping.  She has her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A). She finds helping patients rewarding and appreciates the impact of good hearing to enhance quality of life.

Dr. Kimberly Reford enjoys spending time with her husband and children, going to farmer's markets, listening to music, gardening, camping, and traveling.

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