Welcome to Hearken!

The mission of Hearken is defined by its name. Hearken is the old english spelling for the more modern spelling Harken. Although infrequently used in today’s vernacular, most people are familiar with the word from the beloved Christmas Song, “Hark! The Harold Angels Sing”. Additionally, the old english spelling of “Hearken” is used over 230 times in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. Proverbs 1:33 reads, “But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.” Just as the Lord pleaded for his people to listen and act on his Passion, the Passion of Christ, Hearken Hearing & Audiology exists to allow people to Hear Life with Passion, so that they can stay active and live life to its fullest.


Welcome to Hearken!

The mission of Hearken is defined by its name. Hearken is the old english spelling for the more modern spelling Harken. Although infrequently used in today’s vernacular, most people are familiar with the word from the beloved Christmas Song, “Hark! The Harold Angels Sing”. Additionally, the old english spelling of “Hearken” is used over 230 times in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. Proverbs 1:33 reads, “But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.” Just as the Lord pleaded for his people to listen and act on his Passion, the Passion of Christ, Hearken Hearing & Audiology exists to allow people to Hear Life with Passion, so that they can stay active and live life to its fullest.


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Benjamin A Pettit Au.D.
Founder & Owner of Hearken
Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Pettit has had close connections to Kirksville area for over 14 years. Although, originally from Oregon, Dr. Pettit first came to the Kirksville area in 2007 when he was a travelling missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His love for the area grew when, in 2010, he married a Kirksville resident, Michaila Vorkink. Together they have six beautiful children. Dr. Pettit finds his greatest joy in working and playing with his family. Musically inclined, he enjoys singing, as well as, playing the piano, guitar, flute and ukulele. In fact, it was his love of music and sound that first inspired him to pursue a career in Audiology where he could help people passionately enjoy the sounds of life. Dr. Pettit stays fit by participating in many sports & physical activities. Standing 6 feet and 7 inches, playing basketball is one of his favorites. Dr. Pettit received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Brigham Young University, and his Doctoral Degree in Audiology from Missouri State University. He currently serves as the President of the Missouri Academy of Audiology. Dr. Pettit has a genuine love for people and desires all to have a life of passion beyond hearing!

Nan Davis
Audiology Technician
Patient Care Manager

Nan grew up in Ogden, Utah; lived in Greeley Colorado for 5 years after marriage and has now been a resident in Kirksville for over 20 years. She has four amazing children, son-in-law and two beautiful grandsons. Nan loves to spend time with her family. They enjoy boating, camping, playing and watching sporting events and watching movies while snacking on popcorn & chocolate. In her spare time Nan is very involved in her church and she loves to read, garden, shop, craft and take naps! Nan enjoys her work at Hearken and her concern for all the clients is evident in the level of personable care she offers. She truly embraces the mission of “Hearing Life with Passion”! She feels hearing is so important and has seen the benefits of assistive devices in her own family. If Nan could go anywhere in the world, she would go to a coastal paradise and stay in a cozy beach bungalow. She strives to follow one of her favorite quotes “Love the life you live; live the life you love”!

Linda Martin
Billing Specialist

Linda Was born and raised in sunny California. After marriage, she and her husband moved to Oregon. They spent several years living all over the state, favoring Corvallis above all. Go Beavers! In 2003 they decided to embark on a new adventure by moving halfway across the country to Kirksville Missouri. Linda loves spending time with her family. Particularly her 7 grandchildren! When she has time, Linda enjoys cheddar popcorn and a good movie. Planning her dream vacation is also a favorite pastime. She dreams of a Mediterranean coastal tour of Spain, France & Italy. Her favorite quote is one she coined herself, “Find your own happy!” She has used it many times to encourage her five beautiful daughters to find their own sense of ‘happy’. Working with numbers has always been one of Linda’s passions. So, her job here at Hearken as Billing Specialist is a fun challenge!

Rachel Vorkink
Patient Care Coordinator

Rachel has lived in Kirksville her whole life. She is the second youngest of 6 children. She loves spending time with her family. They love playing sports, boating, playing boardgames, and going to amusement parks. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time in nature. She has enjoyed playing volleyball and running track. Rachel is excited to be working at Hearken, and to help others “Hear Life with Passion”. If she could travel anywhere in the world, she would go to Bora Bora or Malaysia. One of her favorite quotes is “the joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives, and everything to do with the focus of our lives”! Rachel is a great example of this and models this quote in all aspects of her life.