This position is in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service at the Lexington, KY VA Medical Center. The duties and responsibilities are carried out throughout the medical center including all clinical and other patient care areas involved with the service. The audiologist at this level plans, conducts, and coordinates all aspects of diagnostic evaluation and treatment of hearing impairment and/or balance disorders. Principal duties and Clinical Responsibilities: Engages in diagnostic audiology to include diagnosing of type, degree and configuration of hearing loss. Engages in retrocochlear pathology diagnosis to include acoustic reflexes and auditory brainstem response testing. Consults with physicians and other health care practitioners as needed related to diagnostic evaluation and treatment. Engages in middle ear pathology diagnosis by use of tympanometry to evaluate middle ear pressure, compliance and ear canal volume. Utilizes otoacoustic emissions to evaluate integrity of outer hair cells. Utilizes patient records, counseling and family interviews to determine appropriate patient need and referral. Responsible for choosing the appropriate amplification device and accessories based on diagnostic results and patient need. Utilizes real-ear measurements and electro-acoustic analysis to verify hearing aid performance. Responsible for reviewing amplification outcome measures and following up with hearing aid users. Participating to supervise and train audiology doctoral students. Responsible for Identification, evaluation, and management of patients presenting with vestibular disorders of all complexities by using the full range of vestibular testing including, a thorough case history, quality of life Questionnaires, bedside testing, VideoNystaGmography, ElectroNystagmoGraphy, Cervical and Ocular Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials, Electrocochleography, Video Head Impulse Test, Suppression Head Impulse Paradigm, rotary chair and posturography. Review and triage all vestibular consults sent to the Audiology clinic. Evaluation of the type and degree of hearing loss for patients unable to provide consistent and reliable results to subjective diagnostic tests by using objective tests such as auditory steady state response techniques and threshold seeking auditory brainstem response testing Provide rehabilitation to persons with balance disorders using habituation, exercise therapy, and balance retraining therapy. Serve as a preceptor 2nd, 3rd and 4th year graduate students providing teaching and supervision for vestibular evaluation and management. Provides diagnostic and treatment services via telehealth for patients with vestibular disorders when applicable. Incumbent shall be an American Institute of Balance certificate holder; and remain current with new research and development in vestibular disorders by reading professional journals and participating in continuing education courses. Provides support and education to all other clinical vestibular audiologists at the Lexington VA HCS. Provide education to providers in a variety of disciplines within the Lexington VA HCS on vestibular disorders and audiology's role in diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. Evaluate, select, fit, verify, validate and monitor the performance of a variety of amplification technology for hearing and related disorders. Incumbent will participate in continuing education via reginal and national trainings to stay abrupt of the latest hearing healthcare technology. Provide individual counseling and public education about the benefits/limitations of devices e.g. hearing aids, assistive listening technologies, OTC hearing aids, personal sound amplifiers. Work Schedule: Monday Through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599927500
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