UNC Chapel Hill's Hearing and Communication Center is a community based hearing and balance center providing diagnostics and treatment to members of the community. Primarily an adult focused center, students will have opportunities to train along side faculty members from UNC Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences. The center provides hearing testing, hearing aid evaluation and hearing aid fitting and Audiologic Rehabilitation (including AR classes). Additionally, the clinic is growing a balance program, which will provide the student opportunities to broaden their expertise in comprehensive dizziness case history, bedside evaluation of the dizzy patient, BPPV assessment and treatment, comprehensive VNG evaluation, vHIT evaluation.
All clinical opportunities include the implementation of best practice guidelines as recommended by the American Academy of Audiology. Additionally, the 4th year extern will have some opportunities to work with school age population in hearing screening program with local school districts and at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities completing diagnostic testing as part of multi-disciplinary program. The extern will participate in OSHA hearing screening program as well as learn about the business of audiology as the clinic functions similar to a private practice.
Please notice this is NOT a pediatric focused clinical site, but has some clinical opportunities for working with pediatrics. There are other externship opportunities within the UNC Healthcare system that are primarily pediatric focused. Please be sure to submit your application ONLY if you are interested in an adult focused clinical experience year.
Please compile the following and mail in ONE envelope postmarked by October 1, 2020 to:
Stephanie Sjoblad, Au.D.Clinic Director/Professor
UNC Hearing & Communication Center
6015 Farrington Road #103
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Cover letter of intent
Three 'sealed' letters of recommendation
Summary of clinical clock hours by category transcript.
Please notice that the extern should be eligible for Temporary NC Licensure, and must have a minimum # of clock hours for consideration. Additionally, to be eligible for NC upon graduation, the student must also have completed 6 c.h. of course work in speech and language disorders (this can be at the undergraduate or graduate level) For more information about requirements for NC temporary licensure, please review the NC Board of Examiners for SLP Audiology. http://www.ncboeslpa.org/application.htm
Primary Practice Setting:
Community speech and hearing center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 5 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:
10 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 4 2nd year 4 3rd year 1 4th year Externships
Stipend Other – Please Describe The stipend is contingent on available funding. Unfortunately, the university budget is not finalized until spring 2021, so funding availability will not be known at the time student accepts the position.
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes Extern may participate in our Grand Rounds sessions and if we have any onsite CEU opportunities for faculty, the extern will have opportunities to participate.
June 1, 2020
Expected hours/days a week:
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes Local retirement communities w/ 15 mile range
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:
Ability to complete the following w/ limited supervision: hearing evaluations for adult population hearing aid evaluations hearing aid fitting real-ear probe mic measures Electro-acoustic analysis hearing aid programming knowledge of hearing aid troubleshooting proficient in earmold impressions course work or workshop in cerumen management (preferred). Exposure to balance assessment and treatment preferable.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
proficiency in all above measures, as well as developing a strong business sense and learning about coding and reimbursement and importance of community outreach.
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:
checking in quarterly or as needed.
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Phone interview Letter of request/intent Other Summary of hours completed to date
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Submit all required material in one envelope to above address postmarked by October 1, 2020 deadline. Zoom interviews will be conducted in mid-October. The decision will be posted by October 25th
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)