Audiologist 2 Cochlear Implant

REQ: 
PHC21-128529
Work Area: 
Audiology
Base Site: 
St Paul's Hospital
City: 
Vancouver
Status: 
Regular Full Time
FTE: 
1.00
Wage: 
$36.99-46.27
Job Category: 
Patient Care Support
Support Services
Category: 
Acute Care Hospital
Hours: 
0800-1600

Summary

Within the context of a client and family centred model of care, and in accordance with the Mission, Vision, Values and strategic directions of Providence Health Care, the person promotes a safe, respectful, and civil working environment for patients, residents, families, visitors and staff.

Working with the Coordinator, BC Adult Cochlear Implant Program and reporting to the Professional Practice Leader, the Cochlear Implant Audiologist (CI Audiologist) works as part of an interdisciplinary team to assess candidacy for cochlear implant services, intra-operative monitoring, post-implantation monitoring and follow up services to patients. Performs hearing assessments and audiologic test battery specific to patient’s presenting problems. Reports findings, consults with referring physicians and the Professional Practice Leader - Audiology regarding intervention options for individual patients. The CI Audiologist provides information to team members and relevant community agencies regarding the continuum of service. Consults, reports, advocates, and liaises with community agencies. Develops educational/ training resources, program planning and performs research activities as required.

Skills

Comprehensive knowledge of the field of audiology, cochlear implantation, current implant devices and technology, and programming devices.
Comprehensive knowledge of audiology assessment (including complex cases) as it relates to cochlear implantation.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing using effective, listening, probing and counseling techniques.
Demonstrated ability to gather necessary information and explain technical information/results to individuals with varying levels of understanding.
Demonstrated ability to deal with others effectively and work collaboratively and effectively in an interprofessional environment.
Knowledge of research methodology and processes.
Demonstrated ability to critically evaluate relevant scientific literature.
Demonstrated initiative and self-direction in pursuing professional development .
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple activities and deadlines, and independently plan and prioritize duties in response to changing program and organizational demands.
Ability to organize work.
Demonstrated teaching skills to support audiology graduate student externships.
Ability to operate related equipment and software programs.
Physical ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Education

Master’s Degree in Audiology from a recognized program.
Minimum of two (2) years recent and relevant Post Masters clinical experience specifically providing cochlear implant audiology services including a minimum of one (1) year of extensive experience performing cochlear implant audiology services within an interdisciplinary team environment.
Current Registration as an Audiologist in the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC.
Current and maintained Advanced Competency Certification in Cochlear Implant Management from the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC.

Duties

Through the administration of an audiologic test battery, uses current and evidence-based protocols to evaluate hearing status of referred patients or determine candidacy for cochlear implantation. Performs, records, and interprets individual test results and functional benefits from amplification including performing a range of test procedures to assess adequacy of amplification devices.

Administers and interprets comprehensive clinical assessments and tests (such as advanced electrophysiologic testing procedures including intra- and post-operative Neural Response Telemetry (NRT), electro Stapedial Reflex Testing (eSRT) and others).

Utilizes advanced knowledge and expertise in the area of electrical stimulation including speech coding strategies, modes of stimulation and other electrical parameters needed to create listening programs for a map for a patient’s sound processor.

Manages post-operative cochlear implant audiologic care including cochlear implant function, evaluation of patient auditory function and progress in relation to expected trajectories. Develops the appropriate adjustments to intervention plans/ strategies in collaboration with other team members to maximize the patient’s auditory function and progress. Provides cochlear implant technical support including patient/ caregiver orientation, education, and troubleshooting of cochlear implant related equipment.

Participates in cochlear implant candidacy team meetings and the decision-making process. Provides support as a key member of the interdisciplinary cochlear implant team. The audiologist’s participation and opinion is fundamental in the determination of patient candidacy.

Provides patient and/or caregiver education, support and counseling regarding expectations, hearing status, rehabilitation, potential outcomes, and cochlear implant issues and interprets test results relative