Advance your clinical skills and learn the ins and outs of private practice audiology with The Hearing Center of Lake Charles! We are a well-established practice in Louisiana where we see and treat patients of all ages in our two office locations (Lake Charles and DeRidder).
The Hearing Center of Lake Charles strives to engage best practices at every level and believes that perfection is a continuous process. Excellent patient outcomes are our ultimate goal in hearing care. The Hearing Center of Lake Charles prides itself on staying ahead of the curve in the fast changing hearing care landscape. We are dedicated not only to our patients, but to the field of audiology. Our audiologists are passionate about guiding and mentoring students who are motivated to learn.
The student will be expected to further develop their hearing aid care, patient counseling, and dispensing skills, engage in community outreach activities, perform tinnitus assessments and rehabilitation, and see cochlear implant patients – evaluations, mapping, activation and programming!
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
•Competent and proficient in testing, counseling and hearing aid fitting •Familiar with various technologies – able to make appropriate recommendations •Demonstrated ability to manage patients independently •Excellent listening skills •Experience with pediatrics and adults •Good report writing skills •Basic understanding/some exposure to cochlear implants •Basic understanding/some exposure to tinnitus
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
•Advancement in testing, counseling and fitting skills •Advancement in cochlear implants (evaluation, rehabilitation) •Advancement in tinnitus evaluation and •Manage patient assessment and evaluation •Strengthen patient counseling skills •Strengthen report writing skills
Primary Practice Setting:
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 1 2nd year 2 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) 2 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?
Yes After a few months will travel 1x every other week to satellite office in DeRidder - about an hour away.
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:
Communication as needed. Prior to start, honest assessment of student clinical skill.
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Phone interview Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Send application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
The Hearing Center of Lake Charles, Inc. has served the Lake Charles, LA area and its surrounding communities since 1987. The range of services we offer includes comprehensive hearing and balance diagnostics and rehabilitation including a state-of-the-art hearing instrument dispensary. We strive to engage best practices at every level and believe that perfection is a continuous process. Excellent patient outcomes are our ultimate goal in hearing and balance care. The Hearing Center of Lake Charles prides itself on staying ahead of the curve in the fast changing hearing care landscape.
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