Audiology Programs

UNC Hospital’s Department of Audiology provides a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services to inpatient and outpatient populations. The Adult Audiology program primarily works in the outpatient setting and is able to provide surgical coverage remotely in most cases. 

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 adult audiology services are currently offered at two clinical locations: UNC Hospitals Hearing & Voice Center at Carolina Crossing [Chapel Hill] and UNC Hospitals Audiology at Pittsboro [Pittsboro]. Our pediatric audiology services are currently offered at four clinical locations: the North Carolina 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 

Adult Audiology

Our Carolina Crossing and Pittsboro locations and externship(s) focus on adult amplification and implantable devices in addition to diagnostic assessment of adult and pediatric outpatient populations. Externs rotate between our two adult focused sites.  Our previous externs have gone on to careers working in hospitals, private clinics, research, academic education, and manufacturer positions. Graduates of our program will have extensive experience with complex patient care in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team.

We are looking for thoughtful, hardworking candidates who are committed to evidence-based and patient-centered care.  Our ideal externs have a history of enthusiasm for adult audiology and exhibit a spirit of service to patients in our care.

  • http://www.uncmedicalcenter.org/uncmc/care-treatment/audiology/adult-audiology-services/
  • http://www.med.unc.edu/ent/adultcochlearimplant/
  • Start/End date: May 14, 2023 or May 28, 2023 [flexible, based on student’s University schedule]
  • Number of positions anticipated for next year: 3
  • Contact Person: Andrea Overton, AuD; Andrea.Overton@unchealth.unc.edu
  • Anticipated Salary:
    • 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).
      • Has historically been paid position and that is the goal for 2023-2024.  At this time, we cannot confirm if these positions will be paid.  During COVID time, future positions will not get approved by hospital this far in advance.  We will need to wait to submit for approval late 2022/early 2023.
      • Caseload/responsibilities: Applicants can expect a well-rounded placement, offering experience with primarily adult patients and some diagnostic pediatric patients.  Full supervision with increasing independence. This 4th year position offers experience in the following areas:
        • Adult Cochlear Implant Program:  We are one of the largest cochlear implant programs in the country and work with all 3 manufacturers extensively.  We routinely complete pre-operative candidacy evaluations, initial activations, and post-operative follow-up. In addition, our adult cochlear implant program is actively involved in clinical research.
        • Adult Hearing Aid Dispensing Program:  We have a well-established hearing aid dispensing program and work with all major manufacturers. We routinely complete candidacy evaluations, amplification consultations, verification and fitting of device.
        • 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 fast-paced environment.
        • Tinnitus Clinic: patients at our Pittsboro clinic are evaluated to determine specific tinnitus needs and treatment options. They receive extensive counseling and testing related to this concern. 
        • Other Implantable Devices: We work with a variety of implantable devices spanning from bone conduction solutions to auditory brainstem implants.  We routinely complete pre-operative candidacy evaluations, initial activations, and post-operative follow-up for these devices
        • Application process/timing: For consideration, submit curriculum vitae/resume and 2 letters of recommendation to Dr. Overton via email by August 19, 2022.
          • Application packet should be submitted as a single .pdf file whenever possible
            • Applicants should include the number of hours completed for the following appointment types: adult diagnostic evaluation, pediatric diagnostic evaluation, adult amplification, and cochlear implant hours (can be adult or pediatric).
            • In the cover letter, we invite applicants to write about their experiences (in the clinic or the classroom) exploring and implementing evidence-based practices in adult audiology.
            • Unofficial graduate transcript
  • Applicants who progress to the stage of an interview can expect a brief phone interview, potentially followed by a full panel interview (virtually or on site). We aim to complete phone interviews in early September, full panel interviews on September 15, and will extend initial offers by end of September 2022.

Pediatric Audiology

Our pediatric audiology externship(s) focus on pediatrics including diagnostic assessment of children from infancy through the teen years and amplification/treatment of hearing loss. Externs rotate between three sites (the North Carolina Children’s Hospital and two high volume, outpatient pediatric audiology clinics in Chapel Hill and Raleigh). Our previous externs have gone on to pediatric audiology careers in hospitals, private clinics, educational audiology settings, research, and clinical education. Graduates of our program will have extensive experience with complex patient care in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team.

We are looking for thoughtful candidates who are committed to evidence-based and family-centered care. Our ideal externs have a history of enthusiasm for pediatric audiology and exhibit a spirit of service to the children and families in our care.

  • http://www.uncmedicalcenter.org/uncmc/care-treatment/audiology/pediatric-audiology-services/
  • Start/End date: May 15, 2023 or May 29, 2023 [flexible, based on student’s University schedule]
  • Number of positions anticipated for next year: 3
  • Contact Person:  Caitlin Sapp, AuD, PhD; Caitlin.Sapp@unchealth.unc.edu 
  • Anticipated Salary:
  • 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).
    • Has historically been paid position and that is the goal for 2023-2024.  At this time, we cannot confirm if these positions will be paid.  During COVID time, future positions will not get approved by hospital this far in advance.  We will need to wait to submit for approval late 2022/early 2023.
    • Caseload/responsibilities:  All pediatrics, includes
      • Diagnostic assessment of children from infancy through the teen years
        • Natural sleep and sedated ABRs
        • Two-tester behavioral hearing assessment for children of all ages
        • In-patient coverage at the main UNC hospital campus
        • Support CI candidacy evaluations for patients < 2 years in conjunction with colleagues at the Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC (note, this clinic is separate from the CCIC at UNC)
  • Hearing aid selection, fitting, verification, and follow up (air- and bone-conduction devices)
  • Newborn hearing screenings in the UNC NICU (our team also provides oversight for newborn hearing screening in the well-baby nursery).
  • Increasing independence managing operations for our Pediatric Hearing Aid Dispensing Program
  • Provide day-to-day support managing student task allocations (for our rotating 1st-3rd year AuD graduate students and undergraduate volunteers)
  • Participate in regular audiology staff meetings, in service/training opportunities, and clinical research (based on the applicants’ interests)           
  • Partner with North Carolina state EHDI team to combat loss to follow up/documentation.
  • Application process/timing: For consideration, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume and 2 letters of recommendation to Dr. Sapp via email by September 23, 2022.
    • Application packet should be submitted as a single pdf file whenever possible
      • Applicants should include the number of hours they completed at each clinical site listed in their CV
      • In the cover letter, we invite applicants to write about their experiences (in the clinic or the classroom) exploring and implementing evidence-based practices in pediatric audiology.
  • Applicants who progress to the stage of an interview can expect a brief phone interview, potentially followed by a full panel interview with our clinicians (virtually or on site). We will conduct all interviews September 26-October 21 and will extend initial offers on October 24 (based on the ACEN shared timeline).

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