Meet the Team
Better hearing and a better quality of life can be yours for many years with the help of the right hearing professional. At The Audiology Center, we pride ourselves on developing long-term relationships with our patients. Relationships based on unsurpassed personal service that begins the first time you walk through our doors and continues long after your initial appointment.
Talk to the experts.
Jackie Niedringhaus, Au.D.
Dr. Niedringhaus and her family have lived in Rock Hill for over 25 years. She has been in private practice for 20 years. In May, 2000, by completing the Doctor of Audiology Degree at the University of Florida, she became the first audiologist in South Carolina to earn a doctoral degree in audiology. She continuously attends seminars and courses to stay abreast of new techniques and technology in all areas of the hearing healthcare field.
The goal of her practice is to provide the best hearing healthcare in the area. Whether it is fitting hearing aids or counseling patients about hearing loss and hearing conservation, the practice is equipped to provide a variety of services.
She grew up in Camden, SC and received her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Georgia. After working for several years as a speech language pathologist, she returned to graduate school at the University of South Carolina to earn a Master’s Degree in Audiology.
Dr. Niedringhaus has been licensed to practice Audiology in South Carolina since 1984.
She is a Fellow of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology and Academy of Dispensing Audiology. She is past president of the South Carolina Association of Audiologists and past president of the Audiological Resource Association from whom she was awarded “Audiologist of the Year” in 1992.
Dr. Niedringhaus is also certified as a CAOHC course director. Each year she teaches several CAOHC courses for certification of occupational hearing conservationists as mandated by OSHA. Dr. Niedringhaus manages hearing conservation programs for over 200 companies throughout the southeast and is the corporate audiologist for Celanese.
Dr. Niedringhaus’s interests and expertise is in the area of hearing aids and hearing conservation. She is knowledgeable and trained in the latest and most sophisticated hearing aid technology. She provides service to area assistive living facilities and contracts with local school districts and government agencies.
Sarah Vair, Au.D.
Sarah Vair grew up with her parents and sister in a small farming town in NorthEastern Ohio. She received her undergraduate degree from Thiel College in Pennsylvania, and her Doctoral degree from Kent State University in Ohio. In 2007, Dr. Vair and her husband relocated to Rock Hill, SC. She worked in an ENT setting for 8 years before joining the private practice sector. She provides a diverse array of services to patients from newborns to older adult and has experience with patients of all ages. Her main focus is hearing and hearing aid technology.
Dr. Vair lives with her husband, son, and rescue dog in Rock Hill, SC. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends. Her list of favorite activities includes; reading, exercising, dog walking, and shopping.
Dr. Rebecca Barrett was born in Danville, Virginia. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders in 2003 and her Doctorate of Audiology in 2007 from James Madison University. She worked for a year in Harrisonburg, Virginia at a private Audiology practice before relocating in 2008 to Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates where she worked until 2018. She has a passion for working with hearing aids and helping her patients achieve their best quality of life. She is excited to join our practice and begin working with new hearing technology and assisting in the management of tinnitus.
Dr. Barrett recently moved to Rock Hill and is looking forward to a short work commute. She enjoys spending time with her furry family; cats (Jake, McGhee, and Gibbs) and dog (Sterling). When she isn’t working or spending time with her family, she is an avid reader and loves crafting.
Nina has been with the Audiology Center since January 2014. She has worked in the healthcare field for ten years. She is currently the Business Office Manager and our in-house Audiology Technician at our practice. She is responsible for the office billing, patient services, and in-house repairs, cleaning and testing of hearing aids. Prior to pursuing a career at The Audiology Center, she worked as a medical assistant for a primary care office.
Nina has two children and a dog. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, traveling, and attending concerts. She chose a career path within the Audiology field because she loves working with people and assisting in taking care of their hearing needs.
Cindi is our Administrative Office and Industrial Assistant. Her medical office background includes Wound Care, Pediatrics and Chiropractic Care as well as office management in non-medical facilities.
Cindi lives with her husband on 5 acres in the country and has 17 chickens, and 2 dogs. She loves to be outdoors at the beach or camping. …or preferably both at the same time!
Thelmore (Tim) Wilkes
Thelmore (Tim) Wilkes, III, is a native of Chester, SC and is our Industrial Tech Manager. He worked for several years in manufacturing as a Process Technician and Quality Control Supervisor. Having relatives and friends who have experienced hearing loss, he sees this career path as an opportunity to educate people on hearing conservation.