Dalton ENT Hearing Center - Comprehensive, Compassionate, Committed Hearing Care
Dalton, GA
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About The Dalton ENT Hearing Center

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 doctor of audiologyJack 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.

lana swope audiologistLana Swope M.A., CCC-A

Ms. Swope received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication (1991) and Master of Arts degree in Audiology (1993) from the University of Memphis. She has been a licensed audiologist for over 18 years.

Lana was originally interested in studying Speech Pathology but became interested in the field of Audiology as an undergraduate. She found the combination of patient interaction and the technology involved in hearing aids to be fascinating.

Ms. Swope’s primary interest in the field of audiology is in the area of amplification (hearing aids). She continues to be amazed by the tremendous improvements in technology over the years she has been in practice.

Outside of her professional work, Lana enjoys swimming and yoga. She’s an avid college basketball fan and loves her Memphis Tigers.

Ms. Swope is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

kristen vrieswyk audiologistKristin 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.

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