About Us

Carolina Ear & Hearing Clinic, PC is a private practice in Raleigh, North Carolina specializing in the care of ear diseases affecting adults and children. As experts in the fields of otologic and audiologic care, we strive to diagnose and treat ear diseases that affect your everyday life. 
Our Specialties

Over two decades ago, Dr. John T. McElveen founded Carolina Ear & Hearing Clinic, PC, a private medical and surgical practice specializing in the diseases of the ear. As experts in Otology and Neurotology, our team focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders involving the ear, its related skull base structures, and specific areas of the central nervous system. Both are highly specialized areas, requiring at least five years of residency training, in addition to completion of medical school and Otology and Neurotology fellowship training. 

Our Mission

Each and every day, we fulfill our mission of providing world-renowned otological and audiological care. By helping each patient understand the full scope of their diagnoses and treatment options, we create an ideal experience that leaves them feeling understood and in good hands. 

Dr. John T. McElveen, Jr. MD


Dr. McElveen, a graduate of Davidson College, received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. His ENT residency was  performed at Stanford University Medical Center and his sub-specialty otology/neurotology fellowship was completed at the renowned House Ear Clinic where he was trained by Dr. William F. House, the father of neurotology and skull-based surgery. After becoming an Associate of the House Ear Clinic, Dr. McElveen was recruited by Duke University Medical Center in 1987 to head up their Otology/Neurotology program. Six years later, in 1993, he founded the Carolina Ear & Hearing Clinic and the Carolina Ear Research Institute in Raleigh, NC.  


Dr. McElveen is board certified in Otology, Neurotology and Otolaryngology. He is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine, the American Neurotology Society, the Triological Society, the American Otological Society, the Otosclerosis Study Group, as well as other local, national, and international medical organizations. Dr. McElveen is well published and recognized internationally for his teaching abilities. He has over 50 publications and has contributed articles and chapters in over 11 textbooks. He trains Otolaryngologists in otologic surgery in both the U.S. and Europe. He continues to dedicate himself to scientific research, resident education and to providing the best hearing healthcare possible for his patients.

Doctors of Audiology

We are a team of Board Certified Doctors of Audiology committed to providing our patients with the best care possible

Nurse Practitioner

Leah Fleischhauer

Dr. Leah Fleischhauer completed her undergraduate studies with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders (Speech Pathology) and Spanish Language & Literature, as well as a Minor in International Studies at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. After graduating, Dr. Fleischhauer continued her higher education in Communication Disorders and the Hearing Health Sciences at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, where she obtained her Master’s of Education degree (M. Ed.) in Audiology.


Returning to North Carolina, she completed her final fellowship year at the Carolina Ear & Hearing Clinic, PC and received her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A). After working in the field of Audiology for over 15 years, Dr. Fleischhauer completed her Doctor of Audiology through A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ.


Dr. Fleischhauer specializes in vestibular disorders and rehabilitation, electrophysiology, as well as intraoperative monitoring. She is also a member of the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (FAAA). In her spare time, she enjoys teaching and practicing Martial Arts.

Courtney B. Richards

Dr. Courtney Richards joined the Carolina Ear and Hearing team in January 2019. She had previously worked in audiology private practices around the triangle and an Ear Nose and Throat group in Louisville, Kentucky.


Dr. Richards earned a Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Tennessee in 2007 and has been in the Raleigh area since 2011. She has a clinical competence certificate in audiology from ASHA and is licensed by the State of North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists since 2011.  Her primary interests in the field of Audiology are diagnostics and adult hearing aid fittings, enabling individuals to maintain communication with their loved ones.


She grew up in Southern Maine but now considers the southeast her home. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending her time with husband, their three daughters, and two pups.

Becky L. Milam
MSN, NP-C Otology Nurse Practioner

Becky L. Milam MSN, FNP-C joined Carolina Ear and Hearing in 2019. Mrs. Milam’s prior experience is predominantly in the intensive care setting at various institutions including Virginia Commonwealth University, Duke University, and University of North Carolina.


Mrs. Milam grew up in Virginia and relocated to North Carolina in 2013. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing program in March of 2019 and was certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in June 2019. She specializes in Otology for patients of all ages and sees new patient referrals as well as performs preoperative and postoperative visits. She treats patients for vertigo, dizziness, ear pain, earwax removal and more. Becky works closely with Dr. McElveen to utilize a patient-centered, team approach to treatment.


In her spare time, Mrs. Milam enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and 3 fur babies.

Carolina Ear Research Institute

Each and every day we strive to create a better experience for our patients. To do so, we equip our physicians and audiologists with educational opportunities that enhance their education and practice so that we can better serve our patients.
Temporal Bone Surgical Dissection Courses
Didactic Symposiums
Journal Club Roundtable Discussions

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