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VA Puget Sound Health Care System


Audiology Trainees

4th Year Externship

VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Seattle and American Lake divisions

Application Process:

Please send:

1. Cover letter stating why you are interested in a 4th Year Externship at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System
2. Resume
3. Three letters of recommendation from clinical preceptors and/or University faculty

Please send documents by November 1st to:
Rebecca E. Coombs, Au.D.
1660 S Columbian Way (S-126)
Seattle WA 98108

Documents may also be sent electronically:

Clinic Information:

Currently, VA Puget Sound Health Care System has ten full-time audiologists, one part-time audiologists and four health technicians between two divisions.  The Seattle division shares physical space with Speech-Language Pathology and Otolaryngology.  Our space houses four double-walled sound suites, a vestibular evaluation room, and two fitting rooms.  The American Lake division (near Tacoma) also houses four double-walled sound suites and three fitting rooms.

Services provided to patients at both divisions are:
Comprehensive audiologic evaluations
Hearing aid dispensing (~400/month)
Assistive Listening Devices
Tinnitus Management
Ototoxic Monitoring

Additional services in Seattle include:
Auditory processing disorder evaluations
Cochlear Implants including intraoperative monitoring for these patients
Bone anchored hearing aids
Vestibular Evaluation including VEMP, VNG, Rotary Chair, Posturography
Other opportunities for students:
Observation of Otolaryngology surgeries
Observe cerumen removal in the Otolaryngology clinic
Involvement in the Polytrauma Team
Observation in the Mental Health Clinic
Observation in the Blind Rehab Program
Involvement in quarterly Otolaryngology resident trainings

Historically we have been able to offer a stipend but this varies annually.  We typically learn if we will have a stipend available in mid-January for the following fiscal year.  Please note that we begin our interview process before we know if a stipend will be available. 

Minimum of six months to a maximum of twelve months
Students are expected to split their time between the divisions