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We are seeking an Audiology Extern to join our team. You will work closely with our AuDs who are responsible for diagnosing and treating hearing and balance disorders through administration and interpretation of a variety of diagnostic audiological and vestibular exams in patients of all ages. You will work closely with patients, their families, and our audiologists and physicians to develop customized treatment plans that best meet the patient’s hearing healthcare needs and provide ongoing support and care to ensure the best possible outcomes.
We are a busy otolaryngology and audiology practice of 3 physicians, 1 nurse practitioner, 1 full-time and 1 part-time audiologist, and an audiology assistant that cover the full spectrum of ear pathology including hearing and vestibular impairments. Our main audiology clinics are in Columbus and Starkville, MS.
The Golden Triangle of Mississippi, encompassing the cities of Columbus, Starkville, and West Point, has a population of over 128,000 and 500,000 workers are within 60 miles of the region. The region is known for its strong economic growth and development, particularly in the areas of aerospace, manufacturing, and technology. It is home to several major employers, including Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, East Mississippi Community College, Airbus Helicopters, Steel Dynamics, and PACCAR, among others. In addition to its strong economic base, the Golden Triangle of Mississippi offers a wide range of cultural and recreational activities. Mississippi State University offers SEC sports and activities to residents and visitors alike. The region is also known for its natural beauty, with several state parks, highly acclaimed golf courses, and recreational areas located nearby. Visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities throughout the year. Overall, the Golden Triangle of Mississippi is a vibrant and growing region that offers a unique blend of economic opportunity, cultural attractions, and natural beauty. It is a great place to live and work.
Under supervision of AuDs the extern will be taught and have increasing independence in the following:
Perform comprehensive hearing and balance evaluations on patients of all ages, including pure-tone and speech audiometry, OAEs, ABR, tympanometry, and balance testing including ECoG, VEMP, and VNG as necessary
Interpret test results and provide accurate diagnoses of hearing and balance disorders
Develop customized treatment plans based on patient needs and goals, including hearing aid selection, fitting, and troubleshooting, cochlear implant and BAHA referrals to subspecialists, and balance rehabilitation
Provide ongoing support and counseling on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing disorders to patients and their families throughout the diagnostic and treatment process
Maintain accurate and detailed patient records, including test results, treatment plans, and progress notes in Athenahealth EHR and Noah
Participate in community outreach and education programs to promote hearing health and awareness
Answer calls to the audiology department and respond to any voicemails, schedule audiology patient appointments, complete hearing aid repair and dispensing forms, and keep necessary supplies stocked in work areas in conjunction with the audiology assistant
Candidate for Master’s in Audiology, Doctor of Audiology (AuD), or PhD from an accredited institution
Strong diagnostic and treatment skills, with the ability to work with patients of all ages
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build strong relationships with patients, their families, and colleagues despite hearing or speech issues
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, with the ability to manage multiple patient cases simultaneously
Proficiency in using audiology diagnostic equipment and software
Self-Sufficient, team-player, hardworking, competent, confident, and patient
Primary Practice Setting:
ENT group practice Private practice
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 2 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 1 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?
TBD per candidate
Expected hours/days a week:
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes 20 minutes
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:
- Basic auditory anatomy & physiology understanding - Puretone & speech audiometry including a strong proficiency in masking - Immittance testing including tympanometry and reflex - DPOAE testing and interpretation - Word processing & basic computer skills - Good interpersonal skills
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
- VNG, ECoG, VEMP testing & interpretation - BPPV testing, treatment, & counseling - Newborn hearing screening - ABR testing with interpretation and creating appropriate plan of care - Real-ear verification - Hearing aid consultations and creation of appropriate plan of care - Hearing aid fitting while using best practice - Appropriate counseling with patients to help understand hearing & vestibular disorders - Maintaining appropriate documentation in & use of EMR & Noah systems - Understanding Billing and coding for audiology services - Understand basic principles of business as it relates to audiology practices
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
No None currently, but open
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:
Per University Requirements
Resume Personal Review Phone interview Other Informal Course Listing or Transcript
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
- Please email a resume, any letters of recommendation, and contact information - An in-person or video interview will be scheduled for qualified candidates
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
We are a busy otolaryngology and audiology practice of 3 physicians, 1 nurse practitioner, 1 full-time and 1 part-time audiologist, and an audiology assistant that cover the full spectrum of ear pathology including hearing and vestibular impairments. Since the 1980s, we have led the effort to improve hearing in the Golden Triangle area of Mississippi. We continue to be at the forefront of hearing diagnostics and hearing aid technology. With offices in both Columbus and Starkville, MS, we offer convenient locations for patients throughout the Golden Triangle and surrounding area. We sincerely believe that hearing health matters!