Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin is offering a fourth year placement for Doctor of Audiology (AuD) student. The AuD externship is typically a one year placement. This placement is heavily focused in our Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Program. This placement will also include exposure to all of the services provided at Froedtert audiology service. The ideal candidate for this position wants a comprehensive experience in audiology but is most interested in learning about tinnitus and sound sensitivity evaluation and management. At least 50% of this rotation will be working with patients referred to the Tinnitus & Hyperacusis program. This placement will be completed at the Koss Hearing and Balance Center, located at Froedtert Hospital.
Please note focus is subject to change based on individual student experience and education, as well as contract between Froedtert Hospital, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the student's university.
Approximately 50% of externship
Tinnitus/Sound Sensitivity Evaluation/Assessment
Ultra high frequency audiometry
Comprehensive history review and interview
Review and interpreting questionnaire
Identifying underlying causes of tinnitus/sound sensitivity
Identify bothered vs non-bothersome tinnitus
Identifying when further medical workup/management is warranted
Diagnosing various types of tinnitus: somatic, pulsatile vs non-pulsatile, objective vs subjective
Diagnosing various forms of sound sensitivity: hyperacusis, misophonia and reactive tinnitus
Tinnitus/Sound Sensitivity Management
Implementing a comprehensive sound therapy program
Appropriately fitting amplification, sound generator and combination devices for tinnitus and sound sensitivity
Counseling patient on causes of tinnitus, pathophysiology of tinnitus, management options, realistic expectations
Counseling and treatment plans on common tinnitus related issues: sleep disturbance, focus/concentration, emotional distress, hearing loss, sound sensitivity
Familiarity with various tinnitus management options: sound therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques
Identifying which management options are best for each individual patient
Familiarity with implementing a treatment plan in presence of multiple tinnitus related issues
Continued follow up as needed with patient
Approximately 50% of externship
Diagnostic Audiometry and Impedance testing including acoustic reflexes and decay
Otoscopy (standard and video)
Rotational Chair including
Video Head Impulse Test (vHIT)
Posturography (POG) (with physical therapy)
Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions (TEOAE and DPOAE)
Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP) (both ocular and cervical)
Auditory Brainstem Response Audiometry (ABR), diagnostic and threshold
Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR)
Occupational Hearing annual hearing conservation
Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
Hearing Aid Evaluations
Hearing Aid Fittings
Earmold Impression Taking & Earmold Modifications
Hearing Aid Follow-up
Hearing Aid Verification & Validation
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
Vestibular Rehab (with physical therapy)
If interested, see details.
If interested in this position, please send a letter of intent which states which position you are applying for (tinnitus or general), Curriculum Vitae, unofficial graduate school transcripts, a listing of all previous externship assignments (if not already in your CV) and three letters of recommendation by October 1thto: Audiology@Froedtert.com or mail to the below address. Email is preferred.
Marcia Dewey, AuD, CCC-A Audiologist Coordinator, Koss Hearing and Balance Center Department of Otolaryngology & Communication Sciences Froedtert Hospital 9200 W. Wisconsin Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53226
Student must have both malpractice insurance and general liability insurance. Student must submit and pass a background check and drug screen. Student must have influenza & MMR vaccines and negative TB test. Student must follow HIPPA and patient privacy policies.
Primary Practice Setting:
University medical center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 9 FTE Au.D. 1 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 1 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 2 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 0 3rd year 3 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes Frequent training with hearing aid manufacturers. Participation in community lectures and professional conferences.
Expected hours/days 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:
Applicants should have a diverse range of clinical practicum experiences and should be comfortable with basic audiometric testing and history taking. Basic understanding of hearing aids. Demonstrate good communication skills. Students should have a high level of motivation, professionalism and willingness to learn.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
Over the course of the year, we expect the extern to become proficient and independent at performance of comprehensive hearing and vestibular assessments. Competent in hearing aid selection/evaluation, consultation, dispensing/fitting, verification and validation, troubleshooting and programming. Additionally, the student will gain confidence in tinnitus evaluation and basic tinnitus management and counseling and evoked potentials (VEMP, ABR, ECoG, ASSR).
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 There may be possibility to participate in various research studies. Previous areas of research have include clinical trials for cochlear implants, as well as tinnitus and ototoxicity.
Consortium or collaborative arrangements with other sites?
Yes Medical College of Wisconsin, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and Holy Family Memorial also have otolaryngology and audiology services which we collaborate with.
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:
University must complete an affiliation agreement. Provide preceptor with appropriate required paperwork and dead lines. Be available to communicate about student's progress, attendance, skills, participation, etc.
October 1, 2021
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Personal Review Phone interview Letter of request/intent We begin reviewing applications as they are received. We typically start with a virtual interview (phone or video call). In person interview/tour scheduled after interview, but are not required.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Complete an affiliation agreement with Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin. Assist student in meeting and providing proof of requirements: both malpractice insurance and general liability insurance, Flu/MMR vaccines, TB negative test, as appropriate.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin is one of the premier medical centers in the Midwest. The only academic medical center in eastern Wisconsin, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin offer exceptional physicians, the most advanced technology and treatments driven by research that translates better patient care.