Staff Audiologist

The incumbent's principal duties and responsibilities are to be completed independently:

  • Perform C&P examinations, ACE, IDES, SHA DBQ Increase Exams; documentation and test protocols will be in compliance with National Standards.
  • Respond to Board of Appeals Cases as required.
  • Conducting, planning and coordinating a full range of clinical and administrative services associated with contemporary audiology practices.
  • Providing a full range of audiological services, including (but not limited to) the selection and fitting of hearing aids or other amplification devices, aural (auditory) rehabilitation, and counseling of hearing-impaired veterans and their families.
  • Identifying and evaluating individuals with hearing disorders related to the reception and perception of speech, language and other acoustic signals for a full range of patient complexity, administering the full range of comprehensive audiologic tests, evaluating the type and degree of hearing loss for patients who may be unable to provide consistent and reliable reactions to diagnostics.
  • Instructing patients regarding their hearing loss and treatment.
  • Planning, delivering, and monitoring the effectiveness and clinical outcomes of patient-centered treatment and rehabilitative services for patients with significant physical and psychological complicating conditions, including (but not limited to) selecting and fitting of all types of hearing aids, programming digital hearing aids, issuing hearing protection devices for the prevention of acoustic trauma for individuals working in noisy environments, and selecting and fitting assistive devices and assistive listening devices such as personal and FM amplifiers, telephone amplifiers, radio or TV magnetic induction devices for special communication problems , and inspecting, modifying, and repairing amplification devices and ear molds.
  • Planning, conducting and coordinating aural (auditory) rehabilitation and counseling to hearing aid users.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. work schedule. Schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of the service.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Basic Requirements:
  • Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.
  • Education. Master's degree or its equivalent in audiology or hearing science from an accredited college or university is required. "Accredited" means a college or university accredited by a regional accreditation organization and an audiology program recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) and/or the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
  • Licensure. The incumbent must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.
  • English Language Proficiency. Audiologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.
Grade Determinations: GS-12 - Staff Audiologist
Education and Experience. In addition to the requirements at the GS-11 level, completion of 1 year of professional experience comparable to the next lower level and possession of a full, current and unrestricted license to practice audiology. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs.
Staff Audiologist. Staff audiologists at this grade level must demonstrate professional knowledge of, and skill in applying, a wide range of theories, principles, and methodologies of the practice of audiology to a wide range of populations. Individuals may perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties on an occasional basis, where the complexity and amount of work is not substantial (less that 25% of the time). The following KSAs are required:
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies;
2. Knowledge of clinical services, and the ability to perform them independently;
3. Ability to conduct assessments and provide treatment interventions;
4. Ability to provide consultation to other health care professionals;
5. Knowledge of contemporary audiology practice; and
6. Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary audiology scope of practice.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G29. Audiologist Qualification Standard, GS-665, dated August 24, 2010.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.
Physical Requirements: The incumbent work is moderately. Heavy lifting (45 lbs. and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs.); Straight Pulling, Pushing, reaching above shoulder, Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of color; Hearing aid (permitted).

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