As a part of the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program, students are required to complete an externship during the fourth year of the graduate program. There are several different practice settings in audiology, such as private practice, ENT offices, and hospitals, among others. In searching for a fourth-year externship, it was important to me to work in a practice where I would be exposed to different aspects of audiology. This included diagnostics, amplification, and vestibular evaluations. When I came across Gardner Audiology, I was immediately impressed by the comprehensive nature of this practice. From my initial interaction with the audiologists and staff at Garder Audiology, I felt so welcomed and I knew, if given the opportunity, this would be a fantastic practice to work and learn as an extern.
I began my externship at Gardner Audiology in May and have already gained valuable clinical experiences at this practice. I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from several different audiologists, which has helped me to gain different perspectives and learn different techniques. Gardner Audiology implements best practices, such as using real-ear speech mapping, which has allowed me to put into practice all of the techniques studied in the classroom. Gardner Audiology also works with all of the major hearing aid manufacturers, providing experience in working with each of the different hearing aid software programs. Additionally, I have learned about working with the different insurance companies and third parties for the administration of hearing aid benefits for patients, which I had not experienced in depth before starting at this practice. Gardner Audiology also provides students the opportunity to participate in vestibular rotations performing VNG evaluations!
I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience as an extern thus far at Gardner Audiology and I am excited to continue learning and growing as a student clinician at this practice. Teamwork and professionalism have been emphasized and it is clear that best practice and quality patient care are priorities at Gardner Audiology!