The SSD Audiology Department provides services to children from birth to graduation that live in St. Louis County. The department offers hearing screenings and evaluations that may include middle ear analysis, pure tone air and bone conduction threshold testing, speech perception testing, and Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) testing.
SSD’s Audiology Department also makes recommendations and conducts amplification assessments for hearing aids, cochlear implants and assistive listening devices. Recommendations are based on the most current research trends and emerging technologies, using behavioral as well as objective measures to ensure proper access to sound.
Direct supervision will be provided by 6 experienced pediatric audiologists who hold Certificates of Clinical Competency in Audiology.
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
- Otoscopy - Immittance - Audiometry - experience with VRA/CPA preferred- Earmolds- Hearing Aid Programming- Cochlear Implant Troubleshooting
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
- Behavioral observation, visual reinforcement, and conditioned play audiometry- Testing of special needs population- Otoacoustic emissions- Counseling- Selection, fitting, verification, troubleshooting of hearing aids and assistive listening devices- Collaboration with student's team including teacher, SLP, parent, case manager, physician- Will have opportunity to attend IEP meetings
Primary Practice Setting:
Educational audiology/school setting
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 0 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) 2 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 1 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 Collaborate with local CI programming centers, ENTs, hospitals, and schools for the deaf.
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:
Resume Transcript Letter of request/intent Letters of Recommendation (3)
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Please combine all requested materials into a single PDF file and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not send individual files.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
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