College Park Hearing and Audiology Unlimited are both part of an audiology private practice in the Washington, DC area. There are three offices, each with a different set of patients and services, including complete audiological evaluations for adults and children, hearing aid services and electrophysiological testing. There are also opportunities to promote healthy hearing at hearing screenings, health fairs and a variety of conferences. Visit our website at www.audiologyunlimited.net.
Will consider a 3rd-year placement, transitioning into a 4th-year externship.
Applicants must have strong basic audiometry skills and be relatively independent in basic testing and report writing. Applicants must also have transportation between the offices. This placement includes audiometric testing in a busy E.N.T. office, and two offices focusing on hearing aids, dispensing and repairing. There are many opportunities for community involvement through hearing screening and promotion of ear protection.
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
- complete basic audiometry, including pure-tones, air and bone and speech audiometry- immittance audiometry, including tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing- otoacoustic emissions, transient and distortion product- auditory brainstem response, diagnostic & threshold- electronystagmography- hearing aid evaluation, selection and fitting
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
- preparation for a career in private practice- increased accuracy and speed in testing adults and children in a busy E.N.T. office- selection, fitting and counseling for amplification for all ages- skills in ascertaining insurance benefits and billing for various insurance companies- use of S.O.A.P notes in report writing- use of electronic records- participation in activities for disseminating information about ear protection through community hearing screenings and displays
Primary Practice 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:
0 FTE Masters Degree 2 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 1 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 3 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?
Yes Maryland Academy of Audiology Convention; various meetings with manufacturer representatives
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes Approximately 10 - 20 miles between offices
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:
Quarterly evaluation is usually required
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Personal Review Phone interview Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
1. Letter of introduction and resume 2. Phone interview 3. Letters of Recommendation and Transcipt 4. Face-to-face interview
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)