This position is located in the Audiology and Speech Pathology Service at the Canandaigua VAMC and Rochester Outpatient Clinic. The duties and responsibilities are carried out throughout the medical center including all clinical and other patient care areas involved with the service. The incumbent at this level is responsible for providing audiological services to patients who reside in a large geographical area. Those patients displaying unusually severe and/or multiple impairments may be assigned to the incumbent. The services provided by this individual are available not only to patients at the hospital in which the clinic is located; but also to patients at other VA hospitals in the region and patients who are geographically closer to it than any other Audiology Clinic. The incumbent will be responsible for conducting compensation and pension examinations, the results of which will be utilized in the assessment of hearing impairment for adjudication and medico-legal purposes. The incumbent will also counsel veterans and their families, and other persons responsible for his/her care, about the nature, degree, and effect of hearing impairment and treatment options. The audiologist at this grade level will perform special audiological procedures for a diverse range of disease conditions (site of lesions tests, ABR, and ENG/VNG) for the purpose of differential diagnosis of auditory and balance disorders. The audiologist at this grade level is responsible for treatment and rehabilitative services including, but not limited to, fitting and selection of all types of hearing aids; ear impressions; programming of digital hearing aids; selection and fitting of assistive devices and assistive listening devices such as personal and FM amplifiers, telephone amplifiers, etc.; inspection, modification, and repair of amplification devices and ear molds; and hearing conservation for employees at risk for noise exposure. The incumbent will be responsible for providing a comprehensive program of aural (auditory) rehabilitation for hearing-impaired patients and/or groups. Such programs may consist of instruction in the effective use of amplification, listening strategies, and optimizing residual hearing. The incumbent will be responsible for assisting the audiology clinical liaison in the instruction and supervision of student trainees in audiology. The incumbent may also provide instruction to residents and interns who seek information related to audiology. The incumbent will be responsible for the proper maintenance and calibration of the specialized electroacoustic instrumentation. The incumbent must have a considerable knowledge of the technical aspects of both the clinical instruments as well as the calibration instruments. Incumbent maintains a high degree of professional competence through continued education and completes all documentation in accordance with facility policy. Staff audiologists at this grade level must demonstrate professional knowledge of, and skill in applying, a wide range of theories, principles, and methodologies of the practice of audiology to a wide range of populations. Individuals at this grade level perform ancillary assignments. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 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.