At Spartanburg & Greer ENT our goal is to provide patients with the highest standard of medical care in a comfortable environment. An equally important goal is to treat patients with the dignity and courtesy that they deserve. Not only do we care for our patients, we care about them.
Our main office is located in Spartanburg, a growing city in Northern South Carolina. Our second office is located in Greer, one of the fastest growing areas of South Carolina.
The extern will work alongside our audiologists to serve patients of all ages at both locations.
Responsibilities include assisting with and providing a full range of diagnostic services and hearing tests.
Primary Practice Setting:
ENT group practice
Number of Audiologists at the site:
1 FTE Masters Degree 6 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 0 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 1 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 0 3rd year 2 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
0 paid days off.
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes Student may get the opportunity to attend continuing education sessions with various manufacturers throughout the year.
Expected hours/days a week:
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes about 20 miles
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:
•Accurately and independently with increasing speed and minimal supervision perform the following during Pure Tone Testing. oGive instructions for air conduction pure tone threshold tests. oAdminister air and bone conduction pure tone threshold tests using accepted practice techniques. oIdentify probable vibrotactile responses to pure tome stimuli. oInterpret findings as to type, degree, and configuration of hearing loss. oCompute common pure tone averaging procedures.
•Accurately and independently with increasing speed and minimal supervision perform the following during Speech Testing. oPerform the following with close supervision on routine cases. Give instructions for Spondee Threshold (ST) tests. Administer ST tests by Monitored Live Voice (MLV). Give instructions for word recognition score tests. Administer, under phones and in Sound Field (SF), word recognition tests using recorded tape presentations. Administer, under phones and in SF, word recognition score tests by MLV. Obtain, when appropriate, and interpret, Speech Awareness Thresholds (SAT). oCalculate PTA and interpret the relationship between PTA and ST. oInterpret results of word recognition score tests.
•Accurately and independently with increasing speed and minimal supervision perform the following during Masking. oAssess when masking is needed during speech and pure tone tests. oProvide appropriate masking associated with the each transducer (i.e. inserts, supra aural headphones)
•Accurately and independently with increasing speed and minimal supervision perform the following during Tympanometry. oRecognize and interpret the following results of tympanometry measurements: Physical Volume test (PVT). Tympanogram type. Static compliance measurement. oPerform the following procedures: Inspect ears with an otoscope and/or video otoscope. Check for the presence of collapsible or prolapsed canal. Administer instructions for tympanometry measurements. Position the probe assembly properly to obtain a hermetic seal on most ear canals.
•Accurately and independently with increasing speed and minimal supervision perform the following during Otoacoustic Emissions. oDisplay familiarity with the TEOAE and DPOAE stimulus and recording parameters. oAssist in the administration of OAE evaluations. Know how to use software of OAE computer. oDemonstrate familiarity with TEOAE and DPOAE normative data and its application to patient data. oInterpret OAE test results: Identify valid OAE responses. Use of OAE results for estimation of audiometric configuration. Use of OAE results, with other audiometric test results, for differential diagnosis. Knowledge of OAE protocols used for Newborn Hearing Screening. oWrite a short narrative report on responses obtained.
•Accurately and independently with increasing speed and minimal supervision perform the following during Pediatric Behavioral Testing. oDetermine age appropriate tests. oAppropriately shape the behavior of the child in the test suite. oTeach a play response to an auditory stimulus. oAdminister behavioral observation audiometry (BOA). oAdminister visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA). oAdminister conditioned play audiometry. oModify stimuli and methodology to obtain SRT and SAT. oSelect and administer an appropriate word recognition or discrimination test.
•Accurately and independently with increasing speed and minimal supervision perform the following during Vestibular Assessment and Rehabilitation. oBasic bed-side examination procedures oVideo nystagmography (VNG) oCanalith Repositioning Procedures oBrief report-writing with appropriate recommendations
•Accurately and independently with increasing speed and minimal supervision perform the following for Amplification services. oIdentify the components, controls, circuit types, and styles of hearing aids. oDisplay familiarity with electroacoustic characteristics of hearing aids. oMeasure the functional gain of hearing aids. oAssists in performing probe tube microphone measures. oInterpret manufacturer's hearing aid specifications. oPerform electroacoustic measures on hearing aids. oPerform a listening and visual inspection of hearing aids. oPerform troubleshooting procedures. oIdentify earmold styles and materials. oMake earmold impressions. oSelect and order earmolds, and earmold options as needed. oBe able to discuss programmable and non-programmable hearing aid styles, their benefits and limitations with patients. oDiscuss care, use, and maintenance of hearing aids with patient. oDetermine amplification options for a patient. oCounseling of patients and families regarding appropriate expectations of hearing aid benefits. oComplete ordering process appropriately. oDisplay familiarity with the candidacy criteria, components, characteristics, and programming of a BAHA. oDisplay familiarity with the candidacy criteria, components, characteristics, and controls of Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
*Externship site expects the extern to demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship: •Maintain good attendance record; punctual for daily assignments •Respects confidentiality of clinical records and all other professional contacts with patient. •Presents appropriate personal appearance by professional dress and manner. •Displays a positive attitude in interactions with clinical instructor, patients and other professionals. •Adheres to professional ethics. •Interacts with adults with appropriate affect. •Interacts with children with appropriate affect. •Utilizes suggestions of clinical instructors. •Strives to improve clinical skills. •Displays initiative. •Accept responsibility. Willing and able to function independently. •Seeks guidance when indicated. •Interacts well with other professional personnel. •Demonstrates initiative in clinical environment without prompting from clinical instructor. •Ability to work efficiently, and speedily under high pressure situations.
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:
Letters of Recommendation Resume Phone interview Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Send application material to firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
The Hearing Center of Spartanburg ENT has been serving patients in the Spartanburg, Greer and Greenville area for over 50 years. Our experienced providers and support staff are well equipped to assist our patients with their hearing health. From performing hearing evaluations to dispensing the latest in hearing instrument technology, our staff provides quality hearing care for all ages.
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