Hearts for Hearing is a private, non-profit audiology and auditory-verbal therapy (AVT) center for children and adults with hearing loss. Our team consists of 14 audiologists and 10 speech language pathologists, certified in auditory-verbal techniques. The audiologists provide diagnostic and treatment services to patients of all ages, whereas the AV therapists focus primarily on children.
The purpose of this training program is to provide extensive experience in the field of clinical audiology, with a particular emphasis on adults, hearing aids, middle ear implants, tinnitus management, and aural rehabilitation. There is opportunity to train with the pediatric, cochlear implant, and research audiologists on a limited basis if desired. At the completion of the program, the individual should be comfortable performing all aspects of diagnostic testing, make appropriate treatment and technology recommendations, and be confident with their ability to program hearing aids, RM/loop systems, tinnitus management, leadership and teamwork skills, business operations, and professionalism. In addition, the individual will learn how to collaboratively work with a team of professionals (MD, ENT, SLP, etc.) to provide the best possible outcomes for the patient.
Responsibilities will include otoscopy; acoustic immittance testing; comprehensive audiometric testing; OAE testing; hearing aid selection, fitting, and verification using real ear measurements; Lyric candidacy and fitting; RM/loop system evaluation, fitting, and verification; counseling parents and patients; tinnitus counseling and treatment; interdisciplinary collaboration; and community outreach. If desired, the extern could learn basics of cochlear implant candidacy evaluation, programming, and verification; FM system evaluation, fitting, and verification, ABR testing; and research. Supervision will be provided by a team of experienced audiologists who hold their Certificates of Clinical Competency in Audiology if needed.
Interested individuals should be highly motivated, self-directed, and possess a strong interest in working with adults with hearing loss. Exceptional academic, communication, interpersonal, and business skills are needed.
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
--Perform comprehensive audiograms on adults --Take earmold impressions on adults --Conduct and interpret acoustic immittance measures --Perform basic hearing aid fitting and troubleshooting
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
--Perform comprehensive audiograms on adults and teenagers --Perform comprehensive tinnitus evaluations and management for adults --Take earmold impressions, including deep impressions, on adults and teenagers --Conduct and interpret acoustic immittance measures --Perform hearing aid and Lyric fitting and troubleshooting --Perform middle ear implant fitting and troubleshooting --Recommend appropriate hearing aid technology for patients --Relates easily with patients and makes them feel at ease --Effectiveness in obtaining patient value buy-in --Perform real ear verification measures (REM and RECD) --Perform DPOAE and/or TEOAE testing --Lead community outreach projects
Primary Practice Setting:
Community speech and hearing center
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 1 2nd year 1 3rd year 2 4th year Externships
Does the externship site provide orientation to relevant clinical policies and procedures?
Does the externship site provide instructions about patient's rights and providing patient education?
Does the externship site provide orientation to quality assessment, quality assurance and quality improvement?
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 13 FTE Au.D. 1 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 4 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 20 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Clinical opportunities that will be given to the extern:
Pediatric evaluations: infant/toddler
Pediatric evaluations: school-age
Adult hearing evaluations
Auditory processing evaluations
Evoked potential assessments
Intra-operative monitoring cases
Hearing aids dispensed
Hearing aid selection/fitting
Audiologic rehabilitation (group or individualized)
Cochlear implant evaluations
Cochlear implant rehabilitation
Continuing education opportunities?
Travel to satellite centers required?
Consortium or collaborative arrangements with other sites?
Yes Hearts for Hearing's main location is in NW Oklahoma City but has 2 part-time locations serving adults in Shawnee and SW Oklahoma City.
How frequently will the externship site communicate with the university during the externship?
Communication or other support do expected or required from the university during the externship:
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Phone interview Letter of request/intent Other Application form
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Please contact Rachel A. Magann Faivre, Adult Clinic Director, at email@example.com for application details.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
Hearts for Hearing was established in 2003 to provide funding for the initial set of hearing aids for children with hearing loss in Oklahoma. In 2007, the mission was expanded to become a comprehensive hearing health program for both children and adults, offering auditory-verbal therapy. In 2013, to meet the growing demand for adult hearing healthcare, the mission expanded again to open a clinic s...pecifically designed for adults. Our team has grown to nearly 50 people, including 13 audiologists and 4 audiology assistants.
We provide a full range of diagnostic and preventative hearing services, including hearing aid screening, hearing and tinnitus evaluations, hearing aids, bahas, and rehabilitative and preventative counseling in our 3 locations serving adults.
As a 501c3 charitable organization, the profits of the adult clinic support hearing technology and therapy services for children with hearing loss ages 5 and under at no cost to families across Oklahoma.