Our Mission at The Speech & Hearing Center in Chattanooga, TN is to enhance communication and enrich lives, through better hearing and speech. We practice in an evidence-based, best practice, patient centered model providing an excellent opportunity to learn.
As a 4th year extern you will be responsible for administering diagnostic audiologic tests, hearing aid dispensing (i.e., testing, fitting, and selection), and hearing rehabilitation service to all populations. The audiologist extern may provide other standard tests as needed. S/he will counsel and educate patients regarding test results and will articulately review the options that best meet their hearing care needs. The audiologist extern will engage in educating patients, reviewing pricing options, and dispensing hearing aids as a part of the patient education process. Other areas of focus will include tinnitus management, verification,management, , business development, business management, marketing and customer service.
We also have a newborn hearing screening program and the extern will be involved in follow up testing. The extern will also be involved in audiogram review as a part of our Hearing Conservation from Industrial Settings.
We participate with several groups for hearing evaluations for Veterans. The extern will be involved in that program as well.
Applicants must be committed, willing to pitch in wherever needed and have a strong desire to learn and grow.
In person interview is ideal but Skype is acceptable as well.
Primary Practice Setting:
Community speech and hearing center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
1 FTE Masters Degree 0 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 1 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 1 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 4 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 0 3rd year 1 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Expected hours/days a week:
Travel to satellite centers required?
Local students preferred:
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?
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
Audiometric testing, Real Ear Verification, Vendor software training. Experience with infants, and veteran is a plus.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
The audiologist extern will engage in educating patients in the office and through our monthly awareness classes, reviewing pricing options, and dispensing hearing aids as a part of the patient education process. Other areas of focus will include tinnitus management, verification, business development, business management, marketing and customer service.
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
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 Personal Review Phone interview Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
The Speech & Hearing Center was established in 1953 to serve children and adults with communication disorders. For 60 years, the organization has strived to ensure that all individuals with speech or hearing impairments have access to the services and equipment they need, regardless of their ability to fully afford services. To this end, we provide free screenings for early identification, in partnership with a variety of area childcare centers and youth-serving nonprofits. Additionally, we offer a sliding fee scale for those who income-qualify, and work with several national and local programs to assist low-income individuals with hearing aid purchase.
For those who can self-pay, a portion of every service or product purchase goes back to assist those in our community who would otherwise not be able to afford therapy or hearing devices.
Our Mission is to enhance quality of life through better communication.