With over 30 years of experience providing help to those with hearing loss and balance disorders. Alexandria Hearing Centers is committed to helping people function at their best through better hearing. The goal of this externship is to train a well-rounded audiologist and instill skills needed in both a private practice audiology setting, as well as skills needed in an ENT setting. The extern will gain experience in vestibular/neurophysiology testing (ABR, VNG, ECochG), audiometry with patients of all ages, including pediatrics (OAE and VRA), and hearing device assessment, fitting, and long term care of the hearing device user. We work with multiple manufacturers of hearing devices. Once trained, the extern will make recommendations to the patient and refer for further treatment with ENT or other providers as needed.
Primary Practice Setting:
ENT group practice Private practice
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 3 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 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?
May 18, 2020
Expected hours/days a week:
40 hours 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:
•Experience with diagnostic audiology with masking of air and bone conduction. •Basic knowledge of ABR, VNG, & ECOG. •Familiarity with hearing aid technology and basic hearing aid management. •Ability to interact appropriately with patients, physicians & supervisors.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
•Mastery of diagnostic audiology (pediatric and adult) with appropriate masking •Competency in vestibular evaluations (ABR, VNG, & ECOG) •Appropriate selection, dispensing, and troubleshooting of hearing aid technology •Professional interactions with patients, physicians, & supervisors •Competency in chart documentation using electronic medical records
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:
Communication via email and telephone as needed.
November 30, 2019
Letters of Recommendation Resume Personal Review Phone interview Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Submit resume, letter of intent, and at least 2 letters of recommendation. Resume and letter of intent can be submitted via email. Reference should be mailed or can be sent by email directly from the person of reference.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
With over 30 years of experience providing hearing help to those with hearing loss, Alexandria Hearing Centers- Massa & Associates, is committed to helping people function at their best through better hearing. We offer comprehensive audiometric evaluations and a complete line of state of the art digital hearing instruments, which are selected to fit your hearing needs, by our Doctors of Audiology. Our goal is to help you select the best solutions for your hearing loss based on your individual communication needs and lifestyle.