This position is in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service at the Lexington, KY VA Medical Center. The duties and responsibilities are carried out throughout the medical center including all clinical and other patient care areas involved with the service. The audiologist at this level plans, conducts, and coordinates all aspects of diagnostic evaluation and treatment of hearing impairment and/or cochlear implants. Responsible for the identification, evaluation, and management of patients who currently have a cochlear implant or may be candidate for a cochlear implant. An audiologist trained in cochlear implant technology is responsible for performing audiologic cochlear implant candidacy assessments, counseling the patient and caregivers, programming the device after implantation, and providing extensive training and rehabilitation to the patient. Review and triage all cochlear implant consults sent to the Audiology clinic. Complete cochlear implant evaluations to determine cochlear implant candidacy. Provider will evaluate patients and review FDA criteria and general VA criteria. As needed provider may apply to VHA Cochlear Implant Advisory Board/Institution Review Board for approval for exceptions. Provide appropriate programming to cochlear implants for activation, mapping, and follow up care as indicated. Initial activation and training will require multiple visits. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled at regular intervals throughout the first-year post-activation to address programming changes and rehabilitation needs. Thereafter, cochlear implant recipients will be followed annually, or on an as-needed basis. Complete post-operative testing. Educate and train patients and caregivers about device and expectations. Serve as a possible preceptor 2nd, 3rd and 4th year graduate students providing teaching and supervision for cochlear implant evaluations and management. Provide diagnostic and treatment services via telehealth for patients with cochlear implants when applicable. Incumbent must be or must become certified by the VHA CI Advisory Board as a cochlear implant audiologist. Incumbent will have specialized training from the manufacturer(s) in the candidacy evaluation, activation, programming and troubleshooting of the sound processor. Provider will remain current with new research and development in with cochlear implant by reading professional journals/ participating in continuing education courses. The cochlear implant audiologist will demonstrate not less than .5 CEU (5 contact hours) per year in cochlear implant management or related areas.11. Provide support and education to potential other clinical cochlear implant audiologists at the Lexington VA HCS. Will work as part of an interdisciplinary team such as: Otolaryngologists, audiologists, and can include psychologists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, and others to care for cochlear implant patients as indicated. Provide education to providers in a variety of disciplines within the Lexington VA HCS on cochlear implants and audiology's role in assessing cochlear implant candidacy and treatment for cochlear implant patients. Work Schedule: Monday Through Friday Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: No Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD66501A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: None Permanent Change of Station (PCS): None PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): None Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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