George S. Osborne College of Audiology
Doctor of Audiology Program (Residential)
The eXtern Files
Program/Class: Audiology Class of 2013
Dates of externship: May 2012- May 2013
Externship Site: Northern Hearing Services, Anchorage, Alaska
Type of practice: The doctors at Northern Hearing utilize the latest technology, products and services for the diagnosis and treatment of hearing health. Experts in their field, the team of four doctors at NHS help patients of all ages – newborn to adult. Northern Hearing is a member of the Alaska Cochlear Implant Network and the only private center in Alaska providing comprehensive care for patients of all ages with hearing loss requiring implantable technology. In addition to implantable hearing devices, Northern Hearing also dispenses a variety of hearing aids and assistive hearing devices at competitive pricing.
Preceptor(s): Joyce F. Sexton, AuD
I chose this externship because: it encompasses many areas of audiology and is located in a unique environment.
What I do/what I am learning here: I see patients ranging from birth to my current oldest patient, who is 101years old! We diagnose and treat all types of hearing loss and use all available amplification devices, including cochlear implants and BAHAs to help people hear better. We also see tinnitus patients at our practice.
What has surprised me about this externship: The many types of patients and types of interesting cases Alaska has to offer.
Comments to other externs about this specialty/area/practice: This is a phenomenal site. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a solid, fast-paced learning environment with many challenges ahead of them. I will be continuing my employment at Northern Hearing Services as the newest Audiologist on staff upon graduation.
Transportation: Driving, no reliable public transportation.
Housing information: Minimal apartment units, mostly condo and townhouse style homes or house rentals available.
Cost of living: Very high cost of living
What the area is like (easy to get around; great for biking, hiking; lots of night life, friendly people, beautiful countryside, etc.): I live in Alaska! Any adventure you would like to experience is available. There are hundreds of miles of trails for walking and biking. Plenty of wilderness to hike and climb mountains only minutes away from the offices. Glaciers, national parks, and awesome wildlife are everywhere to enjoy. There is an Anchorage night life; it is quite the Alaskan experience! The Alaskan community is extremely welcoming and very friendly.
Emily's photos of areas near Anchorage.
Name: Casey Amann
Program/Class: Audiology Class of 2013
Dates of externship: July 2012 – June 2013
Externship Site: San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center
Type of practice: large medical center environment
I chose this externship because: It offers a wide range of audiological experiences, the people that work here are extremely nice and eager to teach you what they know, it is rewarding to give back to our nation’s veterans, the setting is unbelievably beautiful with views of the ocean, beach, bay, and Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is an amazing city.
What I do/what I am learning here: Comprehensive hearing evaluations, HA evaluations, HA fittings and follow-ups, OAEs, Video otoscopy, Electrophysiology/ABRs, VEMPS, VNGs, Rotary chair, APD testing, Tinnitus evaluations, some CI.
Transportation: I drive to work and it is a 10 minute commute but will differ depending where you live. San Francisco also has a great public transportation system.
Cost of living: Expensive
Name: Melissa Cujdik
Program/Class: Audiology, Class of 2013
Dates of externship: June 2012 – May 2013
Externship Site: REM Audiology Associates
Type of practice: REM Audiology Associates is a private practice that has three office locations: Voorhees, NJ; Medford, NJ; and Philadelphia, PA.
Preceptors: I work with seven audiologists at REM Audiology Associates and each specializes in different areas.
I chose this externship because: The practice offers a variety of services in the field of audiology for the pediatric and adult population. REM Audiology Associates offers services for audiological evaluations, hearing aid evaluations, hearing aid fittings and management, tinnitus assessment and management, auditory processing evaluations, and educational audiology.
What I do/what I am learning here: Everyday is a new experience at REM Audiology. I am learning about patient care and how every patient is treated individually based upon their needs. For new patients, I work with the audiologists to take a thorough case history, perform the diagnostic testing, and counsel. We additionally demonstrate hearing aids and work with the patient to make proper recommendations. I help the audiologist fit patients with hearing aids and follow up with them to make any necessary adjustments and to clean and check their hearing aids every 3-6 months. Individuals in the military are also referred to REM to evaluate and manage hearing loss. Some of these military patients also see us regarding custom earmold products to protect their hearing while they are in the line of duty. We also conduct several auditory processing evaluations for children and go out to the schools to check on the children with FM units. We see patients whose lives are significantly affected by tinnitus as well. For these patients, we conduct a tinnitus evaluation and recommend treatment plans to manage their tinnitus or refer them to better resources. Along with working with patients on a daily basis, I am also learning other skills like report writing, proper billing, and office management skills.
Transportation: I think public transportation is available to some if not all of the offices. I would recommend driving because the schedule can vary day to day. There are parking lots at all of the offices, free of charge.
Housing information: Plenty of options for apartments in all locations. If you are looking for an inexpensive area in New Jersey similar to Philadelphia with shops and restaurants within walking distance, I would recommend Collingswood or Haddonfield. Both have public transportation options. But there are also apartments available very close to all of the offices.
Cost of living: Equivalent to the cost of living in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Approximately $800-1400 per month depending on location.
All of the office locations offer shopping centers and restaurants nearby. Center City Philadelphia is also only a few minutes away. Atlantic City and surrounding beaches are also great to visit on the weekends for entertainment and restaurants.