This position is located in the Audiology and Speech Pathology Service at the Charles George VAMC in Asheville, NC. Supervisory audiologists exercise supervision, administrative management and direction of the audiology program in a unified audiology and speech-language pathology service. Responsible for supervision, administrative management, and clinical direction of the audiology program. Serve as triage audiologist for urgent care cases and provides supervision for audiology technicians. Taking impressions of the outer portion of the ear for an ear mold, determining the need for special ear molds. Develop treatment plans for the most difficult and complex cases in which communicative function has been impaired due to an auditory disorder and recommends audiologic rehabilitation programs for patients with significant physically and psychologically complicating conditions. Provide orientation/training of medical staff. Clinical duties and responsibilities include direct patient care involving a full range of audiology and evaluation and treatment services, including the selection and fitting of hearing aids and other amplification systems and devices, aural (auditory) rehabilitation, and counseling of hearing-impaired veterans and their family. The incumbent identifies and evaluates individuals with hearing disorders in the reception and perception of speech, language and other acoustic signals to a full range of patient complexity. Administers the full range of audiological tests; evaluates the type and degree of hearing loss for patients who may be unable to provide consistent and reliable reaction to diagnostics. The incumbent is responsible for planning, delivering, and monitoring the effectiveness and clinical outcomes of patient-centered treatment and rehabilitative services for patients with significant physical and psychological complicating conditions; including, but not limited to, the selection and fitting of all types of hearing aids; programming of digital hearing aids; issuance of hearing protection devices for prevention of acoustic trauma for those individuals working in a noisy environment; selection and fitting of assistive devices and assistive listening devices such as personal and FM amplifiers, telephone amplifiers, radio or TV magnetic induction devices for special communication problems; and inspection, modification, and repair of amplification devices and ear molds. Incumbent plans, conducts, and coordinates auditory (aural) rehabilitation and tinnitus programs for patients; designs patient-centered treatment plans to assist patient and caregivers to maximize and restore to the greatest extent possible physical and social functioning; and monitors, and conducts a comprehensive hearing conservation program for employees at risk for noise exposure. Incumbent will complete all documentation in accordance with facility policy. Exercises supervisory responsibilities such as planning and scheduling work; assigning work to employees; accepting, amending or rejecting completed work; assuring that production and accuracy requirements are met; appraising performance and recommending performance standards and ratings; assigning delineated clinical privileges; approving leave; and effecting disciplinary measures.
Internal Number: 598547800
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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.