Little Ears Hearing Center at Open Arms Children's Health is a growing pediatric Audiology clinic-- we are the only exclusively pediatric Audiology clinic in the region. We offer a wide range of services including behavioral audiometry, sedated and natural sleep ABR, hearing aids and assistive listening devices, bone-anchored hearing aids, and cochlear implant evaluations and MAPping. Little Ears is well-known in the region for our caring and family-centered approach to care. We merged with Open Arms Children's Health, an outpatient medical center affiliated with Home of the Innocents, in 2017. Our director holds the only Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification (PASC) in the state of Kentucky, which exemplifies our commitment to best practices. Our staff currently consists of 3 audiologists, a 4th year extern, and two teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing who provide early intervention services. We also accept practicum students from the University of Louisville. The clinic is actively seeking a speech-language pathologist with expertise in pediatric hearing loss.
This position provides several unique opportunities not available at other sites, including:
Work within a multidisciplinary pediatric health center that serves indigent and refugee populations
Provide audiology services to residents of the Kosair Charities Pediatric Convalescent Center, which is a 72 bed skilled nursing care facility for medically fragile children located on our campus
Provide audiology services to clients of our residential program for at-risk youth
Upon completion of the 4th year externship at Little Ears, the selected student will be well-qualified for employment in any pediatric setting in the country. Our former students and externs have been employed at Children's Mercy Medical Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Primary Children's Hospital, Nationwide Children's Hospital, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. While the externship is unpaid, we offer a well-rounded and closely mentored experience that is unmatched!
Preference will be given to candidates with significant practicum experience in pediatric settings
The selected candidate will be energetic, positive, and enthusiastic about working with children and families
Good time management skills and attention to detail a must!
Willingness to complete administrative responsibilities related to clinical service provision is required
Primary Practice Setting:
Other Multidisciplinary pediatric outpatient center, with opportunities to serve on-campus residential programs
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 3 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 0 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 2 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 1 2nd year 2 3rd year 2 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Expected hours/days a week:
M-F, 40 hours
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes Within the Louisville metro area- approximately 2 days per month, for sedated ABR evaluations at the local children's medical center.
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:
- Knowledge of age-appropriate test techniques, use of objective tests to cross check behavioral results- Previous experience with pediatric hearing aids and cochlear implants is desired- Strong writing skills
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
- Completion of diagnostic evaluations on all ages of children with supervisor consultation is expected on typically developing children/straightforward cases.- More complex cases will be completed with increased supervisory guidance and input.- Comfort in completing hearing aid evaluation and fitting, as well as cochlear implant evaluations and MAPping.- Troubleshooting hearing aids, cochlear implants, bone-anchored hearing devices, and FM systems.- Report writing- Billing and reimbursement activities
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?
Yes The extern may have an opportunity to observe pediatric auditory processing evaluations at a local specialty clinic.
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:
Any documents or guidance typically provided to 4th year sites is sufficient.
October 1, 2018
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Phone interview Letter of request/intent Three letters of recommendation are required. At least two of the letters must be from audiologists or faculty who have supervised the student in a clinical setting, and preferably those who have supervised the student working with children and families.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
The student may forward their CV and other documents via email to: email@example.com. No phone calls will be accepted. University faculty are welcome to establish contact via email if this is required prior to any student communication. Please note that applications not completed by 9/15/2019 will not be given consideration.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)