The purpose of this research audiologist position is to conduct research study visits for the Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders (ACHIEVE) Study being conducted at the University of Minnesota. ACHIEVE is a prospective, multi-site study testing the effects of a hearing rehabilitative intervention on cognition in adults ages 70-84 with mild to moderate hearing loss. A total of 977 participants were recruited into the study between 2018-19, including 234 at the University of Minnesota.
The research audiologist will:
Administer a structured, best-practice hearing aid and aural rehabilitation protocol. Some components of hearing healthcare delivery will involve a telehealth model. The audiologist will deliver comprehensive audiologic evaluations (including pure-tone audiometry, immittance testing, and speech testing), hearing aid fitting (best practice, including real-ear verification), hearing aid maintenance as required, and aural rehabilitation (counseling on hearing aid usage, adaptation/acclimatization, and communication optimization).
Help conduct annual and semi-annual study visits for study participants, including audiological testing, administering questionnaires, facilitating routine maintenance and repair of hearing technology, and providing information and counseling as needed.
Advise the principal investigator on issues relating to study protocol, potentially relevant data relationships, etc.
The audiologist will work on a regular basis with the principal investigator, study coordinator and other ACHIEVE team members at the University of Minnesota, as well as the audiology training team at the University of South Florida. However, much of the work will be independent and self-directed.
The audiologist will ensure that all audiology-related study activities are executed according to study protocol and will be responsible for data entry and storage according to protocol. This job requires the individual to be self-motivated, to work and solve problems, and to follow study protocol details. The audiologist will ensure that the participants’ hearing needs are met. Accuracy and attention to detail are critical for this position, as is an interest in working with and developing rapport with older adult study participants.
This position is available for 2 years. It is highly likely that the position will be extended beyond 2 years, depending on the study workload and availability of research funds.
Essential Job Duties:
Audiologic evaluations (15%)
Hearing aid fitting/maintenance and aural rehabilitation (30%)
Conducting annual/semiannual study visits (30%)
Data entry and quality control activities (15%)
Other duties as assigned (10%)
The School of Public Health is committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression in our mission and operations. In pursuit of this goal, we consider an applicant’s record working with individuals from historically marginalized backgrounds and experience identifying and eliminating systemic barriers to academic success. Because the SPH and the Division seek to increase the diversity of its workforce, we particularly encourage applications from those who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in our discipline, including those who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, those with disabilities, and those from LGBTQIA+ communities
BA/BS degree plus at least six years of experience, or an advanced degree plus at least four years of experience, or a terminal degree plus at least one year of experience.
Minnesota Audiology License
Demonstrated ability to work in a team setting
Masters or Doctorate of Audiology from an accredited program
Experience with comprehensive audiological evaluation and adult hearing aid fitting/maintenance, and use of NOAH software
Demonstrated ability to communicate verbally and in writing with elderly people of diverse racial and educational backgrounds.
Experience adhering to rigid protocol standards
Excellent organizational skills. Ability to prioritize complex assignments and complete tasks in a timely manner. Initiative, assertiveness and flexibility to negotiate priorities and timelines among numerous tasks.
Familiarity with basic data management
Internal Number: 340999
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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