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Audiology Programs

UNC Hospital’s Department of Audiology provides a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services to inpatient and outpatient populations.

Our department consists of 23 audiologists who work collaboratively with UNC's Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, all with the common mission to provide outstanding hearing care to all of our patients and their families. Our department's services are currently offered at four clinical locations: N.C. Children's Hospital [Chapel Hill], UNC Hospitals Audiology at Meadowmont [Chapel Hill], UNC Hospitals Hearing & Voice Center at Carolina Crossing [Chapel Hill], UNC Hospitals Audiology at Pittsboro [Pittsboro] and UNC Hospitals Audiology at Lake Boone Trail [Raleigh].

The Department of Audiology at UNC Hospitals offers a 12 month, full-time 4th year AuD externship providing the AuD student a well-rounded experience with the opportunity to work with a wide variety of patient populations with a range of hearing disorders. Externship opportunities are available with a pediatric focus at our N.C. Children's Hospital, Meadowmont and Lake Boone Trail locations, as well as an adult focus at our Carolina Crossing and Pittsboro locations.

4th Year Externships 

Pediatric Audiology

Our N.C. Children’s Hospital, Meadowmont and Lake Boone Trail locations and externship(s) focus on pediatrics including diagnostic assessment of children from infancy through the teen years and amplification/treatment of hearing loss.

  • http://www.uncmedicalcenter.org/uncmc/care-treatment/audiology/pediatric-audiology-services/
  • Start/End date: May 29, 2022 [flexible, based on student’s University schedule]
  • Number of positions anticipated for next year: 2-3
  • Contact Person:  Caitlin Sapp, AuD, PhD; Caitlin.Sapp@unchealth.unc.edu 
  • Anticipated Salary: *During COVID, recruitment and funding efforts for 2022-2023 are unknown*
    • Do not yet know what the HR recruitment process will be come Fall 2021 during this COVID time. Positions for this far in the future will not get approved at this time so we will need to wait to see what late 2021/early 2022 holds in terms of approval for these positions being paid.
    • We cannot confirm if these positions will be paid so student should assume unpaid at this time. Our goal is to for position to be paid (as it has been in past).
    • Historically pay rate has been $9.08/hour (based on a 40 hour work week for one year; with holidays and leave time, this should equate to ~$17,000).
  • Caseload/responsibilities:  All pediatrics, includes Diagnostic assessment of children from infancy through the teen years; hearing aid selection fitting (no CI); full supervision with increasing independence
  • Application process/timing: For consideration, submit cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume and 2 letters of recommendation to Dr. Sapp via email by September 10, 2021. For those applicants who progress to the stage of an interview, you can expect interview to take place late September/early October and for decisions to be made by October 20, 2021.

Adult Audiology 

Our Carolina Crossing and Pittsboro locations and externship(s) focus on adult hearing aids and cochlear implants in addition to diagnostic assessment of adult and pediatric outpatient populations.

  • http://www.uncmedicalcenter.org/uncmc/care-treatment/audiology/adult-audiology-services/
  • http://www.med.unc.edu/ent/adultcochlearimplant/
  • Start/End date: May 29, 2022 [flexible, based on student’s University schedule]
  • Number of positions anticipated for next year: 3
  • Contact Person: Andrea Bucker, AuD; Andrea.Bucker@unchealth.unc.edu
  • Anticipated Salary: *During COVID, recruitment and funding efforts for 2022-2023 are unknown*
    • Do not yet know what the recruitment process will be come Fall 2021 during this COVID time. Positions for this far in the future will not get approved at this time so we will need to wait to see what late 2021/early 2022 holds in terms of approval for these positions being paid.
    • We cannot confirm if these positions will be paid so student should assume unpaid at this time. Our goal is to for position to be paid (as it has been in past).
    • Historically pay rate has been $9.08/hour (based on a 40 hour work week for one year; with holidays and leave time, this should equate to ~$17,000).
  • Caseload/responsibilities: Applicants can expect a well-rounded placement, full supervision with increasing independence. This 4th year position offers experience in the following areas:
    • Adult Cochlear Implant Program:  patients are evaluated to determine candidacy for cochlear implantation.  Patients undergoing cochlear implantation receive extensive pre-operative counseling and post-operative care.  In addition, our adult cochlear implant program is actively involved in clinical research.
    • Adult Hearing Aid Dispensing Program:  patients are evaluated to determine candidacy for amplification and are counseled regarding current hearing aid technology.  Patients undergoing fitting of hearing aids receive extensive counseling and follow-up care.
    • ENT coverage / Diagnostics:  the Department of Audiology works collaboratively with attending physicians and residents from UNC's Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery to provide audiology diagnostic evaluations for adult and pediatric outpatient populations with a wide variety of hearing disorders in a high-paced environment.
  • Application process/timing: For consideration, submit cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume and 2 letters of recommendation to Dr. Bucker via email by September 10, 2021. For those applicants who progress to the stage of an interview, you can expect interview to take place late September/early October and for decisions to be made by October 20, 2021.

Information on Student Affiliations

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Kristel Maes, PT, DPT
Amber Corbin, MA, CCC-SLP
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