*Incentives not available* The primary purpose of the position is to perform Staff Audiologist duties and apply a wide range of theories, principles, and methodologies of the practice of audiology to a wide range of patient populations. At the GS-9 entry level, the incumbent is a trainee and functions in a developmental capacity under the supervision of a licensed audiologist. Staff audiologist duties and functions include: Obtain a thorough audiological history from each patient including information on medical conditions that may affect hearing. Conduct a full range of audiological evaluations to determine the type and degree of hearing loss. Determine need for medical referral. Determine patients' need for amplification and tinnitus management. Determine the need for a wide variety of assistive listening devices. Predict and measure the effectiveness of amplification using advanced analysis of acoustic signal processing algorithms. Perform cerumen management. Provide initial assessment for cochlear implant referral. Determine the need for and type of rehabilitation and counseling of the hearing-impaired patient and their family. Other duties may include: Specialized testing for vestibular disorders and retro-cochlear pathology. Conduct chart reviews, entering audiological data from external providers and process orders for hearing aids and assistive listening devices as requested from external providers (Choice program). Review patient test findings and discuss the need for further medical management. Work independently, exercise professional clinical judgment in dealing with complex clinical decisions and daily problems. Coordinate with other disciplines concerning total patient care using professional knowledge and skill in applying a wide range of concepts, principles, and methodology. In carrying out the clinical duties and responsibilities of this position, the incumbent' s position will involve the following skills and competencies: Technical Skills: Use a wide range of knowledge of, and skill in applying, a wide range of theories, principles, and methodologies in the practice of Audiology to a wide range of populations. Develop coherent treatment strategies. Apply knowledge of clinical services and the ability to perform them independently. Conduct assessments, provide treatment interventions, hearing aid evaluation and fitting, hearing aid follow-up and repair, aural rehabilitation, and tinnitus counseling. Provide consultation to other health care professionals. Have knowledge of contemporary audiology practice and the ability to perform functions associated with contemporary audiology practice. Critical Thinking: Ability to integrate procedural changes rapidly and flexibly. Flexibility when collaborating with administrative staff and is creative when considering approaches to correct inefficiencies. Ability to initiate patient referral and triage process for ear conditions. Ability to consider or modify approaches to patients, families, and employees based on age-related changes that occur throughout the life span, and specific Veteran population-based needs. Demonstrate application of informed consent and HIPPA rules on privacy and protecting patient rights. Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrate the application of professional customer service principles in the work setting. Ability to communicate clearly with people of varying backgrounds to accommodate hearing and cognitive deficits, adjusting to their level of understanding. Ability to work closely with others in a clinic setting. Administrative: Participate in developing new patient programs. Maintain patient records and other data required by the clinic, service, and medical center. Plan, deliver, and monitor the effectiveness and clinic outcomes of patient centered treatment and rehabilitative services. Maintain supplies, equipment, and clinical areas to optimize safety and efficiency. May serve on service-level committees or task forces or to represent the Audiology Service on medical center committees. Follow applicable informed consent, HIPP A rules on privacy and protecting patient rights. Attend regular staff meetings and inter-disciplinary health care team meetings as appropriate. Review policies and procedures and attend in-service trainings. May perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties on an occasional basis, where the complexity and amount of work is not substantial. Education: Assist in orientation and training of new staff. Assist in training and supervision of students, trainees, and externs, providing feedback on progress toward established educational goals. Keep current with theory and practice through continuing education programs, journals, textbooks, and other literature, and in-service programs. Provide patient and family education including informed consent. Work Schedule: Mon - Fri, 7:30am to 4:00pm. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.