The Center for Hearing & Speech is a St. Louis-based non-profit dedicated to helping anyone living with communication disorders, regardless of cost for nearly 100 years. Our charitable programs provide hearing aids and speech-language therapy to children and adults as well as hearing and vision screening in area schools. We exist to serve those with the highest level of need and the lowest ability to pay. While our mission is to ensure low-income individuals receive these essential services, we offer the same high-quality care to every client of any income level. We are a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, and rely on the generous support of private foundations, business partners and individual donors to continue our mission to help under-served populations in our region.
We provide the complete range of diagnostic and habilitative hearing-related services for all levels of hearing loss. We serve children and adults from birth to geriatric years. Our population comes primarily from the Greater St. Louis area, but also from surrounding regions of western and southern Missouri, as well as Illinois.
The Au.D. extern collaborates with our four full-time audiologists, working towards independence of patient diagnosis, treatment, and care. The clients on the Au.D. extern case load include: Industrial hearing evaluations, state mandated “annual” hearing evaluations, private pay, and financial assistance. S/he will also be utilized as 2nd tester whenever possible.
The applicant/chosen extern must have passed the national Praxis exam prior to their projected June 1, 2020 start date of the externship.
Prior to the projected June 1, 2020 start date, an affiliation agreement between The Center for Hearing & Speech and your university must be signed.
To apply for our 4th Year Audiology Externship please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title 4th Year Extern Position:
Applications may also be mailed to Dr. Kate Sinks 9835 Manchester Rd. St. Louis, MO 63119
Letter of Introduction
CV or Resume
Graduate Transcript (official or nonofficial)
Three Letters of Reference (If desired by the individual these may be submitted independently
Primary Practice Setting:
Community speech and hearing center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 4 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
Number of Audiology Students each year:
2 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 2 2nd year 2 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:
*Self-motivation *Excellent organizational skills *Able to work as part of a high functioning team *Strong interest in adult populations *Previous experience with pediatric population is preferred *Experience in completing diagnostic hearing evaluations , including otoscopy, tympanometry, acoustic reflexes, and otoacoustic emissions in adult and pediatric populations. * Have some experience completing hearing assessments using BOA, VRA, and CPA techniques. * Experience working with developmentally disabled population preferred. * Comfortable working with third party interpreters preferred. * Independently complete listening checks on hearing aids and able to complete hearing aid troubleshooting. * Be comfortable making earmold impressions.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
The extern will be able to demonstrate the following skills by the end of his/her externship: *Perform diagnostic hearing evaluations including objective measures using standard and pediatric testing methods. * Conduct community/school hearing screenings. * Independently complete adult hearing aid evaluations and fittings, utilizing subjective and objective measures. * Independently perform listening checks on hearings aids and personal FM systems. * Function as a part of a diverse Audiology Department in a busy community clinic setting. * Develop skills and knowledge in identifying candidates for cochlear implantation. * Become competent at describing audiological test results to families, patients, and other professional team members in language that can be easily understood. * Understand and inform patients in an unbiased approach to their communication options. * Be able to communicate needs and audiologic findings with third party organizations in regards to implications in the workplace.
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:
A designated externship coordinator from the university's program must contact our site at time of agreement, as well as maintain regular contact throughout externship year.
October 1, 2019
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Phone interview Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Please submit application by October 1st to include: letter of intent, curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate transcripts, and 3 confidential letters of recommendation. You may submit by email to email@example.com, or by mail:Center for Hearing & Speech 9835 Manchester Rd St. Louis, MO 63119.
Video Conference interviews are generally scheduled October and offers are typically made October-November. Contracts and Affiliation Agreements will be reviewed by both parties after student is accepted.
We do not perform onsite interviews prior to making an offer, therefore if the student requires an onsite visit prior to accepting a potential offer, it is recommended a visit be scheduled prior to submitting an application.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
The Center for Hearing & Speech provides hearing aids, speech-language therapy as well as vision and hearing screenings to children and adults regardless of their ability to pay. We are an audiology and speech therapy non-profit, serving the Greater St. Louis Region by providing this high-quality, essential care to anyone, of any income level.