This position is located in the Audiology and Speech Pathology Department at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. The duties and responsibilities are carried out throughout the medical center and in surrounding community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) facilities, including all clinical and other patient care areas involved with the service. The incumbent at this level has special clinical program responsibilities associated with the VA Pittsburgh's cochlear implant (CI) program. Major duties include, but may not be limited to: Uses advanced knowledge of and skill in applying a wide range of theories, principles, and methodologies in the practice of audiology to diverse patient populations; Evaluates patients to determine the nature, type, and severity of hearing loss and tinnitus using in-depth record reviews, health history interviews, standardized questionnaires, and a battery of audiological diagnostic tests; Practices independent clinical judgement and adapts clinical procedures and techniques to accommodate unique patient requirements; Provides professional advice, counseling, and recommendations for treatment of hearing loss and tinnitus to patients and their families; Establishes candidacy for hearing aids and other assistive listening devices based on type and degree of hearing loss as well as the individual's physical, cognitive, and communication needs; Determines candidacy for bone-anchored hearing aids and osseo-integrated amplification devices, including pre and post-surgical assessment and device programming; Assesses moderately to profoundly hearing-impaired patients for candidacy for cochlear implants; Provides evaluation, management, programming, and rehabilitation services to cochlear implant patients; Provides comprehensive cochlear implant candidacy exams assessing the patent's current auditory rehabilitation status; Plans and coordinates appropriate implantation treatment and management programs; Performs administration functions relating to the cochlear implant program for the purposes of quality management, customer service and workload tracking; Reviews inter-facility consults for cochlear implantation and coordinates care with the patient's parent facility, often including remote cochlear implant programming; Applies current technology with regards to cochlear implants, FM systems, and assistive listening devices to maximize rehabilitation of each patient; Utilizes aural rehabilitation methods with recipients to enhance their listening progress post-surgery; Remains current with new developments in cochlear implant technology and programming and maintains professional competency by reading professional journals, engaging in continuing education and professional learning experiences, and by collaborating with other professionals; Supervises 3rd and 4th year AuD students and provides feedback on progress toward their established educational goals, specifically in relationship to the student's development of identifying potential cochlear implant recipients, selecting and programming the devices, dispensing assistive technology, performing aural rehabilitation and monitoring post-surgical progress and understanding ability. May perform other duties as directed. Work Schedule: 7:30am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday; compressed schedule may be available for highly qualification candidates. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required **THIS IS A BARGAINING UNIT POSITION**
Internal Number: 599144400
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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.