Atlantic Hearing, Balance & Tinnitus Center in Port Orange, FL is an audiologist-owned private practice on the east coast of Florida. Our 10 audiologists provide the highest quality care in audiology diagnostics, amplification, vestibular sciences and cochlear implant programming. We utilize a medical model, and at least 80% of our patients are referred to us by physicians.
We are looking for motivated externs to join our team for an incredible, fast-paced externship. You will gain experience in the depth and breadth of audiology while growing your skills by following best practices (including real-ear measurements on every patient), creating exceptional patient care and providing life-changing education to our community.
Two tracks are available:
The comprehensive track (ENT diagnostics, private practice diagnostics, vestibular diagnostics and treatment, CI evaluation and mapping, amplification/treatment of hearing loss and tinnitus, Lyric fittings, industrial hearing conservation)
or vestibular specialty track (VNG, ABR, VEMP, vHIT, CDP and rotary chair) with state-of-the-art equipment, VRT and canalith repositioning.
Both tracks will gain experience in hearing care and vestibular care to ensure a well-rounded externship.
Dr. Unger also offers didactic coursework focused on cochlear and vestibular anatomy & physiology. Students are encouraged (but not required) to attend these lectures throughout their externship year.
Beyond clinical skills, you will develop your independence as a doctor of audiology. You will participate in community outreach programs and have training opportunities throughout your time with us, both on-site and at four other locations (including three ENT practices we contract with). You will also have the opportunity to participate in our philanthropic programs, which provide free hearing care to those in need in our community.
Our externship spots are highly competitive and the sooner you apply, the better. Please fill out the enclosed application and attach a resume and two letters of recommendation (the letters can be sent either by you or your professor/preceptor/etc.) and send all materials to AtlanticStudentInquiries[at]gmail[dot]com
Please note that our preceptors have CH-AP & CCC-A certifications.
In your application, please indicate if your interest is in our vestibular specialization or generalized track and also please answer the following two questions:
1. Please list all clinical experience sites (internships, clinical placements, etc.) to date and approximate dates.
2. We know you are still learning about your interests in audiology, but if you had to get a job tomorrow, what would be your dream job and general responsibilities?
Primary Practice Setting:
ENT group practice Private practice
Number of Audiologists at the site:
2 FTE Masters Degree 8 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 3 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 4 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes Students will be encouraged to attend professional conferences such as ADA, AudiologyNow!, and American Balance Society.
Expected hours/days a week:
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes Two offices: 1680 DUNLAWTON AVENUE, Port Orange FL 32127 and 1400 HAND AVENUE, Ormond Beach FL 32174. The primary office is our Port Orange clinic where students will spend the majority of their time.
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:
1. Basic Audiometry 2. Electrophysiology (ABR)
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
1. Students will be competent at communicating test results and recommendations with referring physicians.
2. Students interested in dispensing and diagnostic hearing assessments will leave the externship able to perform a complete audiometric assessment, and they will be able to properly recommend and fit amplification devices for adult and geriatric patients.
3. These students will also be competent in aural rehabilitation therapy and tinnitus counseling.
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 We will be preparing to partner with universities and other private practices to publish data on vestibular migraine
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:
Periodic phone conversations and site visits as needed.
Letters of Recommendation Resume Phone interview Letter of request/intent 2 letters of recommendation, preferably from audiology faculty, resume/CV, and letter of intent.
Students will then have a Skype/online interview followed by an in-person interview, if possible. We are flexible as to times and dates.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Submit required application documentation. We will contact you to arrange a follow-up online interview.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
Dr. Unger began his undergraduate coursework at the University of Georgia. He then completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry and a minor in Biology at Augusta State University in 2005. Following graduation, Dr. Unger was a nuclear chemist at Plant Vogtle for Southern Nuclear Operating Company and Georgia Power. After leaving the nuclear power industry, Dr. Unger began his Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In 2016, he graduated top in his class, with highest honors, and he was awarded the Marc Trychel Future Leader Award at the Florida Academy of Audiology, the Dean’s award at NSU, and he was inducted into the Alpha Upsilon Delta and Alpha Eta honors societies.
Following graduation, Dr. Unger was a faculty member of the highly esteemed American Institute of Balance (AIB) in Largo, Florida under the tutelage of Richard Gans, Ph.D. During his time at AIB, Dr. Unger trained and certified hundreds of medical professionals including physical therapists, occupational therapists, audiologists, neurologists, and otolaryngologists in the assessment and treatment of vestibular dis...orders. He has edited textbook chapters on the topic of BPPV. In 2016 and 2017, Dr. Unger presented at the American Academy of Audiology on the topic of the biochemistry of BPPV. He is currently preparing additional presentations on vestibular disorders at future professional conferences.
In August 2017, Dr. Unger joined the staff at Atlantic Hearing and Balance; he is developing the only full-service vestibular laboratory in Volusia County, Florida. His goal is to provide gold-standard care in the assessment and treatment of vestibular disorders for pediatric, adult, and geriatric patient populations. He holds state licenses to practice Audiology in both Florida and South Carolina. Dr. Unger is also a member of the American Academy of Audiology, he is Board certified by the American Board of Audiology, and he was awarded the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Dr. Unger is CH-AP (Certificate Holder-Audiology Preceptor) certified through the American Board of Audiology.