Meet OUR AUDIOLOGISTS
Our team of audiologists is trained in hearing assessment and rehabilitation for both children and adults. As a division of Dalton Ear Nose and Throat, our close relationship with on-site physicians helps to ensure that you are receiving the highest quality of hearing healthcare.
Jack Hitchens, Au.D.Dr. Hitchens joined Dalton ENT Hearing Center in 2011. Originally from Dalton, Georgia,Dr. Hitchens received a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.Ed.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Georgia. He obtained a Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. Dr. Hitchens became interested in the field of audiology as he wanted to pursue a career in healthcare that would allow him to help others while also exploring his interests in acoustics, music, and communication. Naturally audiology was the perfect fit. As an avid musician himself, Dr. Hitchens spends most of his spare time playing the drums, guitar, or piano. He enjoys staying involved in local choir and theater. On Saturdays, he and his wife can be found cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs. Dr. Hitchens is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Kristin Vrieswyk, Au.D.Dr. Vrieswyk obtained her Bachelor/Masters degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Doctor of Audiology from A.T. Still University, Arizona University of Health Sciences. She has been serving patients in North Georgia and Tennessee since 2004 in both ENT and private practice settings where she performs diagnostic evaluations, hearing aid services, and vestibular evaluations. She lives in Ringgold, Georgia with her husband and their dog. Dr. Vrieswyk holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. “I find working with children and adults with hearing impairment very rewarding because I am able to provide solutions that allow people to reconnect with their loved ones. We as human beings need that connection to others and I get to help facilitate that.” Dr. Vrieswyk is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
What Is an Audiologist?
Audiologists are professionals who evaluate people with hearing and balance disorders. They work with medical professionals in finding direction for the treatment of these disorders.
Audiologists have specific training in the fitting and support of hearing aids and can offer counseling in dealing with hearing loss. With technological changes as they are, audiologists are the professionals most trusted in the fitting of hearing aids and assistive listening devices.
Our Satisfied Patients Say It Best
"When I was given the hearing aids for the first time, it was as if a door to the outside world opened. People, especially women and children, were speaking where I could understand them much better than before. I could hear birds and crickets which I had not been able to hear. My quality of life was much better from the very first day I had the devices.
All the people at Dalton ENT Hearing Center are knowledgeable and very courteous. My doctor, Jack Hitchens, always seems to have my best interest in mind as he developed the best hearing programs for my devices. It is a no-brainer to recommend this facility to my friends.
I would ask someone unsure about trying hearing aids, “what can you lose by trying the hearing devices?” There is no down side, except maybe the expense, but the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. The devices are so small now that you really have to look for them to see them. There is just no reason not to try them.
I would be happy to talk to anyone who is considering hearing aids. I will say that the devices are aids and not a total correction of all hearing problems, but at least my wife does not have to tell me things two and three times now. My hearing aids have saved a lot of frustration in our marriage and conversations with other people, especially women and children. I have had no second thoughts!!!"
"The hearing aids made me able to participate more actively in my new environment and be more sociable.
The service has been excellent from examination, to providing help with choosing, purchasing, and adapting to the aids.
Don’t hesitate! Do it. Life after hearing better is precious and ought not to be put off."
"I am now able to carry on a conversation with several people and can hear each one. I no longer have to say, 'huh' or, 'what did you say?'
The ability to hear adds so much to the quality of life for us as well as our family and friends. It would be worth the cost just for the safety hearing can provide.
I no longer have to have the TV turned high enough for my neighbors to hear."