Fourth Year Au.D. Externship - Mountain Home Hearing and Balance Research Program
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Mountain Home Hearing and Balance Research Program

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Fourth Year Au.D. Externship

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The Audiology Service at the James H. Quillen VAMC in Mountain Home, Tennessee is pleased to offer Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) externship positions. Audiology students may apply for a clinical or hybrid clinical/research track. Fourth year externs will have the opportunity to solidify essential clinical skills while serving Veterans in the beautiful east Tennessee region. Hybrid externs will also work with investigators dedicated to advancing auditory and vestibular research.
Clinical experiences in the Audiology Service will include hearing evaluations, physiological assessment (auditory brainstem response, otoacoustic emissions), amplification fitting and follow-up, cochlear implant candidacy evaluation and mapping, and tinnitus assessment and counseling. Opportunities will also be available for experience in the areas of vestibular assessment and intervention. Participation in the vestibular clinic is contingent upon each student’s knowledge and skills and/or successful completion of an onsite vestibular course. Clinical externs will work full time seeing patients in the James H. Quillen VAMC Audiology clinic.
Hybrid externs will work part time in the clinic and part time in research. Research experience will focus on either auditory and/or vestibular research. Research experience may include basic hearing and vestibular evaluations, as well as experimental hearing aid fitting protocols and advanced assessment of middle ear, inner ear, and vestibular systems. Hybrid externs will work with investigators to gain insight regarding research laboratory function and assist in day-to-day research tasks such as recruiting participants, instrumentation set-up, data collection, and analysis. Students enrolled in an Au.D./Ph.D. program will be given preferential consideration for the hybrid position.
Assignment to a particular project will depend upon each student’s interest and availability of a training position on the project of interest. Current research projects include:
• Comprehensive Wide Bandwidth Test Battery of Auditory Function in Veterans
• Auditory Processing in Veterans with Concussion and Blast Exposure
• Effect of Noise Exposure on the Vestibular System
• Vestibular Rehabilitation and Otolith Dysfunction
• Otolith Dysfunction and Postural Stability
• Factors Associated with Outcomes in Patients with Vestibular Symptoms Related to TBI

 
Application Deadline
Closed for 2020-2021, but will be accepting applications in the fall of 2020 for 2021-2022.
Application Materials
Cover Letter
Three Letters of Recommendation
Resume
Unofficial Transcript
Application Procedure
All materials must be submitted in one PDF via email from the applicant's clinical coordinator to the contact person listed below. Individual application items or individual emails (e.g., from recommenders) will not be accepted. Three letters of recommendation should be included, and at least two should address the applicant's clinical skills. Please see our advertisement on hearcareers.org for additional details.