AuD Clinical Experiences
AuD students begin clinical placements in the first semester of study and hands-on experiences become more immersive in each successive semester, culminating in a full-time clinical externship in the fourth year. The AuD program works closely with the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis to offer students a wide variety of clinical education opportunities and experiences across the lifespan and scope of practice.
- Dizziness and Balance Center, Department of Otolaryngology – comprehensive evaluation of dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance
- Adult Audiology Clinics, Department of Otolaryngology – comprehensive hearing assessments for adults; hearing aid and BAHA selections and fittings; rehabilitation; tinnitus evaluations and management
- Adult Cochlear Implant Program, Department of Otolaryngology – a comprehensive cochlear implant program for adults, which works closely with the Otolaryngology medical team
- Pediatric Audiology Clinics, St. Louis Children’s Hospital – comprehensive audiologic servces for infants and children, including newborn hearing screening, OAE testing, sleep-deprived and sedated ABR testing, CA testing, and hearing aid selections and fittings
- Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, St Louis Children’s Hospital – a comprehensive cochlear implant program for children, which works closely with the Otolaryngology medical team
Additional Sites and Experiences
Approximately 50 sites in the St. Louis metropolitan area are affiliated with the AuD program. In addition, our world-class medical school and hospitals provide students with unique opportunities such as attending Grand Rounds, participating in cochlear implant seminars, and optional research training programs. Some local sites include:
- Veterans Administration St.Louis Health Care System
- Central Institute for the Deaf
- Local hospitals
- Local medical and audiology clinics
- Private practice locations
- Local private schools for the deaf and public school systems
In addition, interested students have the opportunity to complete summer practicum and the externship outside the St. Louis area. We currently are affiliated with 150 additional sites around the country for these placements, with the list growing each year.
PACS has provided numerous opportunities for me as a student outside the classroom and clinic, including participating in research, observing surgery and attending grand rounds. Our instructors are experts in their respective fields and go above and beyond for the students to help them succeed.
— Brie Noud, AuD
audiologist, Center for Hearing and Speech