Audiologist

Summary:
Reports to the Manager of Audiology. Provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluation services for auditory vestibular and related disorders. Evaluates selects fits and dispenses hearing aids and cochlear implants. Provides aural rehabilitation to assist patients regain or utilize their hearing abilities at the highest level possible. Assists local educational facilities in determining appropriate placement of children with hearing loss. Services are provided to individuals across the entire age span from birth through adulthood; to individuals from diverse language ethnic cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds; and to individuals who have multiple disabilities.

 

Responsibilities:
Receives referrals from physicians schools and other sources; selects tests designed to determine the degree of hearing loss type of loss and possibility of hearing improvement through use of artificial aids based on patient symptoms and/or physician instructions; performs tests; evaluates



patients’ condition. Performs specialized testing such as site of lesion auditory brainstem response testing otoacoustic emissions and electro-nystagmography in order to provide further evaluation and assist physicians in determining pathological conditions. Evaluates and manages children and adults with central auditory processing disorders. Measures and interprets auditory evoked potentials for the purpose of neurophysiologic inter-operative monitoring and cranial nerve assessment. Evaluates candidacy of persons with hearing loss for cochlear implants. Performs cochlear implant mapping. Provides services to affiliates/partners.



Performs otoscopic examination for evaluation of hearing or balance disorders making ear impressions fitting hearing protection or prosthetic devices and monitoring consistent use of hearing aids. Uses vendor software to program hearing aid fitting. Performs assessment and non-medical management of tinnitus using hearing aids education and counseling. Provides screening of speech-language for the purposes of an audiologic evaluation and/or initial identification of individuals with other communication disorders.



Provides education and counseling to both patients and families concerning rehabilitation test results aids and expectations of hearing impairment. Evaluates and counsels patients concerning hearing aids most appropriate for their type of hearing loss. Selects fits programs and dispenses hearing aids following state and federal laws. Performs cochlea implant evaluations using FDA guidelines.



Provides audiological rehabilitation including speech reading communication management language development auditory skill development and counseling for psychosocial adjustment to hearing loss for persons with hearing loss and their families/caregivers. Provides specialized aural rehabilitation training in order to assist patients whose hearing cannot be helped by amplification.



Provides professional direction to audiology and medical students. Provides in-service education concerning audiology goals implications treatments and procedures to medical staff and other personnel as requested. Provides outside consultation to professional and educational agencies. Consults with educators as members of interdisciplinary teams about communication management educational implications of hearing loss educational programming classroom acoustics and large-area amplification systems for children with hearing loss.



Ensures maintenance and operational condition of equipment utilized for evaluation and makes adjustments repairs and calibrations as necessary.



Prepares and interprets test results to assist physician in the diagnosis of patients’ conditions. Prepares patient reports and maintains records of patients seen tests given charges administered

release forms etc. for billing and statistical purposes. Maintains records and documentation for performance improvement practices and programs for audiological services.



Maintains and enhances professional expertise through appropriate educational activities. Demonstrates behavior that is consistent with the ASHA Code of Ethics (1995 revision) in all aspects of clinical work and staff relationships.

 

Other information:
BASIC KNOWLEDGE:



Master’s degree in Audiology from an accredited university if licensed by December 31 2007. Audiology Doctoral degree if initial licensure is January 1 2008 or later. Valid Rhode Island State license and Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) or the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) necessary to practice Audiology in the State of Rhode Island. Audiologists supervising students who wish to obtain the CCC-A of ASHA must hold the CCC-A.



EXPERIENCE:



Between one and two years of experience including a one-year clinical externship. Knowledge of personal computer is required.



Interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with various levels of medical personnel patients and their families or caregivers agencies and schools.



Maintains an efficient work schedule meets deadlines and functions in stressful situations.



Obtains continuing education units to maintain RI Audiology licensure.



SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:



Supervises and evaluates graduate students obtaining clinical practicum hours.

 

Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status.   Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

 

Location: Rhode Island Hospital USA:RI:Providence

 

Work Type: Part Time

 

Shift: 1

 

Union: Non-Union