University of Chicago Medicine
In this role, the Audiologist, under the direction and supervision of the Clinical Director of Audiology and Section Administrator (BSD), provides Audiology services (consultation, evaluation, and therapy) in an acute care hospital and clinical outpatient setting for children with hearing and balance disorders. Provides prompt and efficient attention to patient needs. Manages and performs administrative duties related to clinical role. Effectively manages entry level volumes of patients with basic hearing needs.
- Audiologic Evaluations:
- Basic diagnostic evaluation of the functional status of the peripheral auditory system in children and interpretation of these results. This includes pure-tone air and bone conduction audiometry using pediatric-focused testing measures such as conditioned play and visual reinforcement audiometry, tympanometry, acoustic reflex thresholds and decay testing.
- Electrophysiologic evaluation of the functional status of the peripheral and central auditory systems in children and interpretation of these results. This includes Auditory Brainstem Response and Otoacoustic Emissions evaluations.
- Reviewing test results with the patient and their family, which would include patient education, counseling and appropriate educational referrals.
- Hearing for recommendation of hearing aid(s) use. This includes aided and unaided sound-field testing of speech recognition threshold, supra-threshold speech recognition in quiet and in noise, loudness discomfort levels and functional gain measures.
- Cochlear Implants: Evaluation for cochlear implant candidacy. This includes aided and unaided sound-field testing. Diagnostic testing for pediatric cochlear implant recipients including: intra-operative testing of electrode action potentials, routine impedance measurements and MAPing adjustments.
- Evaluation of benefit of hearing aid(s) use. This includes electroacoustic evaluation of the hearing aid(s), functional gain measures and real-ear measurements with the hearing aid(s).
- Dispensing of conventional, programmable and digital hearing aid(s). This includes Items 1 and 2 (above) and making impressions for custom earmolds, modification of the earmold and instruction in the use of the hearing aid(s).
- Evaluation on the use of ALDs.
- Written reports of audiologic test results and recommendations in the form of the audiogram and letter report to the UCH chart and referral source.
- Narrative written reports of audiologic test results and recommendations and hearing aid recommendations to referral agencies such as Illinois Department of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) and Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS).
- Summary reports of ABR/OAE test results and recommendations to the UCH chart and referral source.
- Discussion of audiologic test results and recommendations with OHNS attending and resident staff, attending and resident staff from other UCH clinics, such as Pediatrics, Oncology, Psychiatry, Neurology or other appropriate referral source.
- Discussion of audiologic test results and recommendations with the patient and patient's family which could include patient education, counseling and appropriate educational referrals.
- Maintain written documentation of transactions regarding the patient, such as telephone conversations with patient or other professional involved in the patient's case.
- Attend regular Audiology and Pediatric Cochlear Implant team meetings.
- Make appropriate referrals to outside agencies that would include educational referrals and referrals to the State of Illinois Early Intervention Program.
- Schedule appointments in EPIC for audiologic evaluations, ENGs, ABRs, hearing aid(s) evaluations and checks. Inform (verbal or written) patient of special instructions, if needed, for the scheduled appointment.
- Complete and submit charge forms for each patient seen, enter charges on daily census.
- Participate in the UCH Studies when appropriate and provide follow-up recommendations to the study patient's family.
- Maintain Audiology files with patient audiograms and hearing aid or other reports.
- Participate in continuing education courses/seminars/workshops related to the practice of clinical audiology.
- Provide patient education to the patient and to the patient's family.
- Confirm appointments, review instructions, referrals for "managed care". Pull Clinic Charts.
- Maintain Clinic appearance and follow all appropriate hospital patient care, regulatory, and administrative policies.
- Provides presentations/in-services to colleagues or UCM residents once per year.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- A minimum of 1 years' experience as a clinical audiologist, with robust experience in pediatrics and cochlear implants.
- A Master of Science/Arts (MS/MA) in Audiology or Doctor of Audiology (AuD or PhD) degree from an accredited educational body is required.
- The candidate must have completed the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) or ABA Certificate of Clinical Competence.
- The candidate must hold or be able to obtain an Illinois Department of Professional Regulation License for Audiology.
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