Penn State Hershey Medical Center is a comprehensive well established audiology practice located in Hershey, PA, the sweetest place on earth!
Penn State Hershey Medical Center is proud to be a 2016-17 U.S. News Best Hospital recipient for our Ear, Nose, and Throat clinic.
Penn State Hershey Medical Center offers a 12 month fourth year Au.D. externship beginning the summer after the completion of the students 3rd year academics.
Externs are provided with supervision by experienced audiologists with ASHA CCC-A certification in addition to the state license in audiology.
Bachelor's Degree is required. Applicant must be currently enrolled in a Clinical Doctorate (Au.D.) program in Audiology, with all requirements met for the degree with the exception of the 4th year externship.
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
-Take a complete case history-Strong report writing skills-Competently perform hearing evaluations on both adult and pediatric populations to include tympanometry, acoustic reflex testing, and OAEs-Strong knowledge of hearing aids (evaluations, fitting, and troubleshooting)-Working knowledge of vestibular testing (VNG, vHIT)-Basic skill in evoked potential testing (ABR, ECochG, VEMP, etc.)-Basic knowledge of of both BAHA and cochlear implant candidacy, testing, troubleshooting, and programming
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
-Proficient report writing skills-Mastery of basic hearing evaluations for both adult and pediatric populations, tympanometry, acoustic reflex testing, and OAEs-Proficiency in all aspects of hearing aids (evaluations, fitting, and troubleshooting)-Proficiency in vestibular assessment-Proficiency in evoked potentials -Competence in BAHA and cochlear implant evaluation, programming, counseling, and device follow-up
Primary Practice Setting:
ENT group practice Hospital University medical center
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 1 3rd year 1 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:
1 FTE Masters Degree 5 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 1 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 0 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
Other – Please Describe $15.00/hour
Yes - Pediatric vestibular research- Cochlear implant research- Clinical trials in conjunction with Otologists
Continuing education opportunities?
Travel to satellite centers required?
Consortium or collaborative arrangements with other sites?
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
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Please submit resume, letter of request/intent, unofficial transcript, and three letters of recommendation to the contact below. A contract must be established between the institutions prior to starting.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Audiology includes six full time audiologists to provide basic and advanced audiologic services for both children and adults. Traditional hearing or audiometry tests are utilized for the majority of our patients. For more complex hearing tests, sophisticated assessments of hearing are performed through the use of Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) ...and Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE).
The traditional and advanced techniques provided within the department allows for the comprehensive evaluation of hearing in both children and adults. In addition, evaluation of the balance system is available through the use of computerized Videonystagmography (VNG), video Head Impulse test (vHIT), and both ocular and cervical Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (VEMPs).
Other services include hearing amplification, or hearing aids, which are dispensed through our Audiology clinic. We custom-fit the hearing aids to our patient's needs, anatomy, and wishes.