The Audiology Health Technician position is designed to provide assistance to the audiologists in meeting patient care needs of the Audiology patient population. The incumbent functions as a team member of the Audiology section providing health care support. While the incumbent works under the guidance of the Audiologist, he/she is required to interact with a high level of independence, making appropriate service delivery decisions, seeking clarification and/or assistance when appropriate. Basic requirements: a. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States (U.S.). Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7407(a). b. Experience. Six months of experience comparable to the next lower level which demonstrates the knowledge skills and abilities related to the duties of the position to be filled. OR c. Education. Successful completion of two academic years above high school leading to an associate degree or a bachelor's degree with at least 12 semester hours in courses related to the position. OR Experience/Education combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. An example of a combination of experience/education is three months of experience comparable to the next lower level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities related to the duties of the position to be filled and one year above high school with a minimum of 6 semester hours related to the health care industry. d. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. e. English Language Proficiency. HTA, HTSLP or HTASLP candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403 (f). Grade determination GS-7 Experience. Completion of one year of progressive experience and/or experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled. (2) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: (a) Ability to mentor and train new HTAs. (b) Ability to prepare patients for advanced testing procedures performed by the audiologist, such as evoked potentials. (c) Ability to develop and implement the technician role for a program in a focused area of audiology.(d) Ability to provide education and counseling regarding hearing loss and hearing instruments. This position is above the full performance level. VA Handbook 5005/143 May 13, 2021 PART II APPENDIX G70 ["The position has a high degree of visibility throughout the Clinic as a result of direct patient care provided by the Health Technician and contacts with the Veteran population, many of whom are severely disabled and are without additional resources. Professionalism, proficiency, and a high positive image are critical and required. The incumbent must perform and exhibit knowledge and skills specific to the young adult, the adult, and the geriatric patient. The incumbent must be highly motivated, seek ways to expedite care, and eliminate problematic clinical processes. MAJOR DUTIES: The technician independently assesses the patient's contraindications for impressions of the ear and auditory canal, including presence of cerumen or other medical issues. The technician is responsible for making impressions of the ear for earmolds, custom hearing aids, and hearing aid repairs due to poor fit or changes in patient status (i.e. loss/gain of weight) including those on surgically-altered or difficult to fit ears. Prior to fabricating the impression, the technician is responsible for careful examination of the ear and its environs, cleaning of the area as needed, placement of an oto-block, and visual confirmation of oto-block placement/coverage. After making the impression, the technician is responsible for verifying complete removal of impression material, assessing the ear canal, and assessing completeness of the ear impression. The technician is then responsible for preparing, shipping, and verifying the hearing aid repair/order with the ear impression. Receives patients from the Audiologists and independently completes the earmold impressions Receives patients from the Audiologists to assist further with cleaning, education or repair of hearing aid/assistive device. The technician is responsible for follow up hearing aid care for patients fitted with hearing aids in order to determine the success of the physical fit and to make any necessary modifications. The technician questions patients and employs one or more diagnostic measures in order to determine the cause(s) of the hearing aid related problem(s) and provides primary level troubleshooting and repair of hearing aids. If the patient is experiencing physical adjustment or other adjustment problems associated with the hearing aid(s), the technician may independently apply one or more of the following procedures. Modify the earmolds, tubing, receiver length or shell, Repair hearing aids in house (i.e. changing batteries, battery doors, cleaning of all parts of the hearing aids, replacing tubing, replacing receivers/cords, etc.) Refer the patient to the Audiologist for additional counseling, recommendations and/or re-evaluation. The technician may be required to monitor patients with limited dexterity or intellectual capacity several times to ensure the proper use and care of hearing aids. When a hearing aid or assistive device is unable to be repaired in-house, the technician processes all repair paperwork and ships the devices to the VA contractor in the proper packaging. This includes properly tracking devices/repairs. The technician uses tools ranging from brushes/pliers to electrical hand tools to modify hearing aids or earmolds for a more comfortable fit or to change the response of the hearing aid. The technician determines if a patient should be referred to the Audiologist for assessment of rehabilitative needs or extensive reprogramming of the hearing aids. The technician is required to properly document all interactions in the medical record in the form of a clinical progress note. Consults with Audiologists to determine the patient's needs for loaner hearing aids from clinic stock. Receives and screens all calls from veterans, or incoming devices from veterans with complaints about their hearing aids or assistive devices. Reviews all hearing aid follow-up questionnaires and follows-up with veterans to determine proper course of action to facilitate repairs or refers patients to their Audiologist. Enters IOI-HA into Remote Order Entry System. Triages phone calls and secure messages. Performs cerumen removal once approved by patient's Audiologist or an Audiologist. Cerumen removal is not performed without authorization of an Audiologist. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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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.