Hearing Evaluation Services (HES) is one of the largest free standing non-profit audiology practices in the country. We are currently seeking one candidate for a fourth year extern position to start between October 2019 and February 2020. Hearing Evaluation Services employs 14 Doctors of Audiology and services patients in four of our own dispensing offices, three ENT offices, and at the largest outpatient neurological center in the US. We offer a rigorous and diverse placement for fourth year candidates in our very busy practice. Once trained and onboarded, Externs have their own patient caseloads (always with on-site supervision) and learn to build rapport and relationships with patients, families, colleagues, and other allied health professionals.
We provide complete audiometric evaluations for adults (all locations) as well as for newborns and children at our Williamsville office. We provide hearing aid evaluations, dispensing, and troubleshooting, Industrial testing (seasonal), Auditory Processing Evaluations, a research-backed Tinnitus Program, an Ototoxic Management Program, Aural Rehabilitation, and comprehensive vestibular evaluations (including VNG, posturography, and rotary chair testing).
HES offers a dynamic and team-based learning experience. Externs will have the opportunity to work with several different Doctors of Audiology throughout their 12-month placement giving them exposure to a variety of clinical practice experiences.
An interest in diagnostic vestibular testing is required and adequate training and supervision will always be provided by one of our Doctors of Audiology. Successful residents will have already demonstrated the ability to translate their classroom learning into hands on patient care with the ability to build patient rapport. A strong work ethic and professional accountability are a must.
Primary Practice Setting:
Private practice Other Specialty Dizziness and Balance Clinic in a neurologic practice.
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 14 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 0 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 7 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 2 2nd year 2 3rd year 3 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes Manufacturer training occurs throughout the year and residents are always included.
Expected hours/days a week:
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes Maximum of 30 minute drive
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 evaluations- instruction for hearing aid fitting- hearing aid programming and troubleshooting- hearing aid care- some vestibular testing experience preferred
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
- audiometric evaluations (including masking)- comprehensive vestibular evaluations- hearing aid fittings and verification/conformation- hearing aid troubleshooting
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
Yes Participation in research depends on the year and most often is in partnership with the vestibular program at Dent Neurologic Institute. Opportunities can be evaluated on a case by case basis.
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:
We typically complete quarterly assessments provided by the University but it is University dependent.
Letters of Recommendation Resume Phone interview Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Please send an email with cover letter, resume, and any other documentation you believe will make you stand out as a candidate. Please include 3 letters of reference with at least 2 from clinical supervisors who have directly supervised your clinical work.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
Hearing Evaluation Services has been providing competent, caring and compassionate hearing health care services to Buffalo and Western New York since 1981. We pride ourselves on being the only freestanding not-for-profit audiology group in the US. We are completely committed to providing the highest quality services available and believe that this is only possible by pairing highly educated staff with top of the line test equipment and advanced hearing aid technology. We are a large and dynamic practice with 9 doctors of audiology. We have four of our own offices and service 2 ENT offices and a comprehensive Dizziness and Balance Center in a large neurology institute. We offer everything from comprehensive audiometric evaluations and hearing aid fittings, pediatric testing, industrial testing, and vestibular testing (including rotary chair and posturography).
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