The University of Chicago Audiology program is active in the education of future audiologists with our externship program.
Our facility is a tertiary care center located on Chicago's South Side in Hyde Park. The hospital has a medical school and residency program. Audiology is part of the Department of Surgery and provides outpatient as well as inpatient services to an extremely diverse population. Listed below is a brief description of the Audiology services we provide. Audiology is located in the outpatient facility (Center for Advanced Medicine) however; we are associated with the adult inpatient hospital and Comer Children’s Center. Our students will be working with the Audiology staff at all times. Staff includes 5 audiologists who are board certified, some of which have their CCCs. The student will have direct supervision throughout their practicum. All audiograms are reviewed and signed off by the audiologists.
Our clinic provides “on-call” audiology services to ENT clinics 5 days a week. Daily patients being seen by ENT can have hearing testing performed the same day. We have 15 attending physicians, who have sub specialized in areas of interest; 6 ENT residents, and rotating medical students. We have 2 primary adult ear Otolaryngologists and 3 pediatric ENTs. However, all physicians can obtain hearing testing during clinic visits for their patients. This includes both adult and pediatric clinics (age range preemie to geriatrics) Ratio of patients is approximately 50% pediatric 50% adult.
Audiology also has a schedule that runs concurrent with ENT clinic. We provide adult and pediatric evaluations, including DPOAEs, impedance measurements, VRA, CPA, traditional audiologic evaluations, ABR/ASSR testing, and VNG testing. Other services provided include: adult and pediatric hearing aid evaluations, dispensing and follow-up; adult and pediatric cochlear implant evaluations, activations and follow-up; osseointegrated device dispensing and management (Baha/Ponto); management of universal newborn hearing screening in NICU and nursery; craniofacial/cleft palate clinic; cystic fibrosis clinic, oncology, and cochlear implant clinics.
Our goal is to provide a well-rounded externship experience for students with the opportunity to practice patient management and follow-up. We provide externs with the tools and experiences to become independent clinicians in all aspects of audiology.