I don't just have a clinic placement, but I get to work with several audiologists, which means I have that many people to learn from. I have 2 direct supervisors and work at two different locations. I work primarily with adults so far, but am getting some pediatric experience as well. I'm doing just about everything - some VNG experience (videonystagmography - for people who are dizzy), hearing aid experience, hearing evaluations, and I have days where I am working primarily for the ENT doctors. Since I am still a newbie, I have been mostly observing and writing the notes for the past two weeks with some testing sprinkled in here and there. I think this week I'll really start doing more of the case history and testing on my own.
The hardest part is going to be the hearing aid stuff. Not only am I least experienced in hearing aids, but there are seven major manufacturers and several smaller ones. It'll be difficult to learn the ins and outs of the different aids, as well as learning how to play with the different softwares, but I am starting with one brand at a time. This week: Unitron. I'm really very excited to get into the game.
But still, as much as I enjoy work, when it hits time to go home I zip outta there because I have a beautiful, smiley baby girl waiting for me who I can't wait to get my arms around. I guess the good that comes with it is that I am making more of an effort to really value the time that I get to spend with Sophia. Fortunately, she is in the care of somebody that I truly trust, and I couldn't ask for a better situation than the one that we have worked out.