Karen Padgett, Au.D.


Karen wanted to be a part of the Audiology and hearing care industry after having grown up with a hearing impaired girl who wore a body hearing aid and taught Karen some sign language. Karen loves that she can improve individuals hearing which in turn improves their overall quality of life mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally.

Shelby Hearing Center is an absolute amazing team, and the dedication and passion of the entire team is like none other that Karen has ever been part of. Shelby Hearing Center gives Karen the time and resources to provide the best hearing care available to her patients.

Karen has a son who is finishing his senior year at UNC Chapel Hill, majoring in biology and plans on going to medical school. In Karen’s spare time she loves to spend time outdoors working in her garden, walking her dog, golfing, skiing and dabbling in skydiving.

Education and Training:

  • B.S. Ohio University
  • M.A. University of South Carolina
  • AuD. A.T. Still University

Awards & Certificates:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence

Work Background:

  • 1992-2009 ENT Carolina
  • 2009-2021 Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • 2021-Present Shelby Hearing Center