Our Audiologists

Expert Audiologists

Many patients in the early stages of hearing loss are nervous about where they should purchase hearing aids. They can be unfamiliar with the differences between an audiologist and a Hearing Aid Dispenser who sells aids at a retail hearing aid store. The answer is simple: specialized medical training.

Audiologists are trained in colleges and universities. Our audiologists have a minimum of a Master's Degree in Audiology. Audiologists work closely with physicians to accurately evaluate a patient’s hearing and provide individualized medical diagnosis, as well as treatment options to improve hearing and quality of life.

 

Christy B. Burns, M.A., CCC-A

Christy BurnsChristy Burns' clinical area of interest is in the evaluation, diagnosis and rehabilitation of pediatric and adult hearing and disorders. She specializes in fitting patients with modern hearing aid technology, including extended-wear and bone-anchored hearing aid devices.

She earned her Master of Arts in Audiology from the University of Tennessee in 1995. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia in 1993. She practiced audiology for four years in Atlanta after graduating. 

Christy is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She is licensed to practice Audiology and dispense hearing aids by the Georgia State Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology.  

Rachel L. Crout, Au.D., CCC-A

Rachel Crout specializes in diagnostics and amplification for pediatric and adult patients. She provides comprehensive hearing aid services, including nontraditional osseointegrated hearing devices.

Rachel earned her Doctor of Audiology from Auburn University. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Armstrong State University. Prior to joining the practice, she began her career working at an ENT clinic in Asheville, North Carolina.

Crout is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She is licensed to practice Audiology and dispense hearing aids by the Georgia State Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology. 

Trisha L. Dibkey, Au.D., CCC-A

Trisha Dibkey is the Director of Audiology and Hearing Aids at Georgia Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists. Her clinical area of interest is advanced hearing aid technology for both adults and children.

She obtained her Doctor of Audiology from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Mesa, Arizona. She achieved a Master of Arts in Audiology from the University of Iowa. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and a minor in Psychology from Truman State University.

Before joining the practice, Dibkey worked as the Chief Audiologist at UT-Houston Medical School in Houston, Texas. She also held an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Otolaryngology. Dibkey is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology and a member of the Georgia Academy of Audiology. She is licensed to practice Audiology and dispense hearing aids by the Georgia State Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology.  

Mary Jane McGowan, M.S., CCC-A

Mary Jane McGowan's clinical area of expertise is in the evaluation, diagnosis and rehabilitation of hearing loss and tinnitus. She provides comprehensive hearing aid services including bone-anchored hearing aid services for pediatric and adult populations.

McGowan obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Georgia. She then earned her Master of Science in audiology from Vanderbilt University. She began her career in Atlanta working at a children's hospital and an ENT clinic. 

McGowan is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She is licensed to practice Audiology and dispense hearing aids by the Georgia State Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology.