A Unique Externship Opportunity in the Desert Southwest
The audiology practice Advanced Hearing Care (AHC) a career-minded audiology externs for the May, 2022-May, 2023 (start date is flexible) school year.
AHC is the premiere audiology practice of Southern New Mexico, now 24 years strong, and is established in two neighboring cities: Alamogordo and Ruidoso. We have been voted and awarded "Best of the Best" for multiple consecutive years by the local populations. AHC adopts the latest research findings into our hearing care and uses state-of-the-art equipment and hearing devices. Successful applicants will be engaged at the cutting-edge of private practice audiology. Over the last decade, we have trained twenty-five 4th year externs.
The audiology extern will be responsible for administering diagnostic audiologic tests; a full-range of vestibular testing; ABR, ECoG and VEMP testing; hearing aid dispensing (i.e., testing, fitting, and selection), cochlear implants and hearing rehabilitation service to all populations. The audiologist extern may provide other standard tests as needed. S/he will counsel and educate patients regarding test results and will articulately review the options that best meet their hearing care needs. The audiologist extern will also engage in educating patients, developing patients for life, reviewing pricing options, and dispensing hearing aids as a part of the patient education process.
Nestled in the fertile Mesilla Valley between the majestic Organ Mountains and the meandering Rio Grande, Las Cruces, New Mexico is quickly becoming a popular southwestern destination. The city of Las Cruces has received several awards including rankings from Money magazine as one of the “best college towns to retire” and from AARP as one of their “dream towns” to retire. Las Cruces has also been ranked by Forbes as one of the best small metro areas for business and careers. The City of Alamogordo, just outside White Sands National Park, rests at the foot of the beautiful Sacramento Mountains, which rise 4500 ft right from the edge of the city. The mountain resort town of Ruidoso is located in the alpine foothills of the famous 12,000 ft Sierra Blanca (named for it's snowy cap). Attractions include the racetrack at Ruidoso Downs and the ski slopes known as Ski Apache. The Alamogordo climate is ideal, providing superb year-round sunny weather (350 days per year) and moderate “spring and fall” temperatures for 10 months out of the year. Our location provides access to cities such as Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Tucson, El Paso, and historically rich locations such as Old Mesilla, Cloudcroft, and the Gila National Forest. We abound with world-class Mexican food!
Interested students must be looking for their 4th year internship/externship position
Interested students should view our website at www.AHCNM.com before applying.
Primary Practice Setting:
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) 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?
Yes Students and staff are sent to several trainings each year, costs are covered by the practice. The student will receive 2 weeks of PTO, as well as paid holidays/
Expected hours/days a week:
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes 1 satellite office within 45 miles of main office, as an office we carpool to that location using a company vehicle.
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:
Student should have training in the following areas, but need not have mastered the following skills: 1. Diagnostics 2. Hearing aid fitting and dispensing 3. Tinnitus evaluation and rehabilitation 4. VNG/Balance testing 5. Cerumen management 6. Auditory Rehabilitation
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
Student should be gaining independence in the following areas during their externship: 1. Diagnostics 2. Hearing aid fitting and dispensing 3. Tinnitus evaluation and rehabilitation 4. VNG/Balance testing 5. Cerumen management 6. Auditory Rehabilitation
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 and support at least once per semester, and otherwise as needed.
December 31, 2021
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Personal Review Phone interview Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Please contact us to let us know of your interest in applying, additional information will be requested at that time
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)