Office Coordinator: Career Opportunity at Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic

Join our team! Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic, Inc., is looking for a full-time Front Office Coordinator to be part of a nationally recognized, private practice on the Eastside. Candidates should have great people skills, be organized, and be able to work both alone and in a team setting.

Daily tasks include scheduling, recalls, project management, supply ordering, problem solving, greeting patients, medical billing, organizing, and light housecleaning. Computer skills, and a commitment to learning are a must. Past medical and front office experience helpful.

Minimum Prerequisites
• Professional appearance and manner
• Pass Washington State criminal history and background check
• Be able to lift 15-25 pounds

About ESHC: Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic is a full service private practice in Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond, Washington. The clinic, established in 1979 is dedicated to the assessment and non-medical rehabilitation of those with communication needs. To learn more about the team, therapies, locations, and approaches please visit www.everhear.com.

Applications/resumes to: careers@everhear.com

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Speech-Language Pathologist: Career Opportunity at Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic

Join our team! Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic, Inc., is looking for a full-time Speech Language Pathologist to be part of an established and highly qualified team. Candidates should be willing to use evidence-based treatment, self-motivated, organized, and be able to work both alone and in a team setting.

Evergreen is looking for practitioners who believe that the patient’s outcome and progress are paramount. It is important that the applicants show a willingness to learn and help develop the clinic’s programs to bring it to the next level.

Those who apply should possess a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology (CF’s are also encouraged to apply). Basic computer skills, a commitment to learning and excellence and program development are all essential tools.


Job Description – Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic, Inc.

Job Title: Speech-Language Pathologist
Supervisor’s Title: Speech Program Director

Purpose
Provide evaluative, therapeutic and consultative services for children and adults with speech, language, cognitive and/or hearing delays, disorders or differences. Participate as a member of the speech team in program development.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:
Clinical Responsibilities
• Collaborate with staff and co-treating clinicians on a daily basis
• Assess patient’s developmental level of functioning in order to design and implement treatment plan
• Develop an individualized plan of care catered to each patients needs
• Conduct formal evaluations
• Prepare progress reports
• Review medical reports
• Maintain accurate records of contact with each patient
• Communicate with primary care givers as needed about therapy plan and other therapeutic interventions
• Utilize, maintain and perform quality assurance audits, and provide recommendations for procedural improvements.
• Provide services with a caring, empathetic manner, holding to the highest professional, ethical and legal standards
• Independently makes decisions with some direction by program director
• Maintain at least 10 hours of continued education per year and register for CEU’s

Business Development
• Promotes program and business development
• Participates in group discussions/meetings/presentations
• Builds professional relationships through society functions and organizational meetings and events
• Meets productivity standards set by clinic director

Required Education & Experience
• Master’s degree in Speech Pathology (in fulfillment of the requirements of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association)
• Experience work with children and adults with speech, language, cognitive and/or hearing delays, disorders or differences

Minimum Prerequisites
• Professional appearance and manner
• Pass Washington State criminal history and background check
• Be able to lift 15-25 pounds

About ESHC: Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic is a full service private practice in Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond, Washington. The clinic, established in 1979 is dedicated to the assessment and non-medical rehabilitation of those with communication needs. To learn more about the team, therapies, locations, and approaches please visit www.everhear.com.

Applications/resumes to: careers@everhear.com

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Apps We Love

Here at ESHC, our speech-language pathologists try to make every session fun and motivating for your child. The “Toca Tea Party” app has been a huge hit, with no mess to clean up! This app is generally used with children from about ages 2-7. “Toca Tea Party” hasn’t been designed specifically for speech-pathologists, but it gets used often here at ESHC. Here’s some of the ways we incorporate it into our sessions:
• Language:
o Prepositions: Because you can move objects around, it’s a great way to incorporate targets like “in, on, out, under, next to” and more.
o Following or Giving Directions: The app is designed to simulate a tea party. Each person can pick or ask for a specific plate, cup, drink, and yummy treat to eat. It’s a great way to practice following directions like “Please give me the white cup and the pink plate.”
o Taking Turns: A child can practice taking turns by pretending to eat a snack, pouring drinks, or selecting which tablecloth to use
• Articulation
o Find words with your sound: A child may be asked find items (with the clinician’s help) that contain his/her sound. For a child working on /s/ and /z/, they can practice their sound in words like “sweet, spill”. This is also a great way to build in phonological awareness and the “sounds” within words.
o Make a sentence: To provide more context while practicing his/her sounds, the child or clinician might make a sentence about the scene on the app. This helps with attention, as the child is often more engaged than simply repeating sentences from the clinician.

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Some hearing facts

Who can hear the highest frequency?

“Porpoise

The winner for ability to hear the highest frequencies is the porpoise, which can hear up to 150,000Hz.

What is the smallest bone in the body?

Did you know that the body’s smallest bone is in the ear? It’s called the Stapes and resembles a tiny sitrrup. One of the three ossicles (bones) of the middle ear, it helps to transmit sound vibrations to the internal ear.

Around the World with hearing loss

Advocates for the Deaf and individuals with hearing loss in the United States will tell you we’ve made a lot of progress in the past decade. The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has helped improve access, healthcare and awareness for our citizens with hearing loss.

Even though critics will tell you there’s still work to be done, for the most part we lead the way in hearing healthcare and accessibility for countries around the world. Studies by the World Health Organization indicate wealthy countries have significantly lower levels of hearing loss than their economically-challenge counterparts. Many of these countries said they either have more pressing health concerns to address or lack the funding for educational resources needed to educate hearing healthcare professionals and provide services for those with hearing loss. (more…)

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Summer 2017 Newsletter

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Newly Designed Communication Workshop

The Audiologists and Speech Pathologists at ESHC have joined forces to provide a NEW look at enhanced communication. This new workshop was designed to provide our patients the opportunity to share ideas, have concerns heard, and learn efficient ways to minimize the negative impacts of hearing loss; in a forum that is fun, entertaining, and respectful of your busy schedules.

Did you know that individuals with untreated hearing loss are 2-5x more likely to suffer memory loss and dementia than patients with normal hearing or treated hearing loss?1 At ESHC, we are committed to stopping the effects of hearing loss in its tracks. At our workshop, you will work with a small group of like minded individuals to explore more efficient ways to manage your day to day communication challenges. The groups are facilitated by our Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists, ensuring that the information you receive is current, relevant and accurate. These workshops, along with other aspects of our hearing rehabilitation program like as Auditory Training and careful verification/validation measures, we are moving our program beyond technology to ensure that our patients have the best possible outcomes.

Buying a hearing aid will make sounds louder. Treating a hearing loss requires the professional attention of a team committed to your long term health and well being. Thank you for allowing us to be YOUR team!

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New Custom Bluetooth Headphones

What began as a Kick starter in 2013, became the world’s first “Hearable”, The Bragi. The Bragi has now partnered with hearing aid manufacturer Starkey to release the first ever custom in-ear computer. “The Bragi Dash Pro tailored by Starkey is the most intelligent device of its kind,” said Bragi Founder & CEO Nikolaj Hviid. “These magical devices have seamless Bluetooth pairing and connectivity, a longer-lasting battery life, and groundbreaking achievements – like real- time language translation powered by iTranslate, a 4D menu allowing users to go hands-free and integration with IBM Watson’s famed AI.” The Dash Pro tailored by Starkey will take this one step further, enabling athletes, musicians, content creators, technophiles, and other precision-based fields to see real benefits from having the ultimate fit and a truly personalized, customized audio device made just for them.

What can users do with The Dash Pro tailored by Starkey?

  • Listen to music, podcasts and more via seamless streaming Bluetooth audio
  • Store 1,000 songs/podcasts on 4GB internal storage.
  • Carry just The Dash Pro and leave the phone at home
  • Make or receive phone calls in noise with enhanced Versant™ advanced voice technology from Knowles
  • Leave the USB cord behind – up to five hours of battery life with 30 hours of standby
  • Carry on conversations in other languages. The DashPro tailored by Starkey is compatible with iTranslate.
  • Go hands-free – Virtual 4-D menu to access features with just head gestures and audio commands.
  • Enjoy a run, swim, or bike ride with auto activity tracking – no button to push.
  • Visualize your workouts from within the Bragi app
  • Get wet! The Dash Pro tailored by Starkey is waterproof (to three feet of fresh water).
  • Hear what you want to hear. Audio transparency lets you block outside sound, or let it all in.

         Call today, set up your custom impression and fitting appointment, and join this new revo

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ESHC Happenings for Better Hearing and Speech month

Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) was founded in 1927, by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Since then, it has been observed by hundreds of organizations and millions of people all over the country and the world. While some groups put emphasis on either hearing or speech disorders, Evergreen Speech and Hearing Clinic approaches BHSM through the lens of collaboration. As a practice with hearing and speech services under one roof, we address all communication disorders through interconnected and comprehensive therapy programs in each department. We are proud to have a team so dedicated to bringing the best care to our patients and community!

This year the ESHC staff have hosted and attended a multitude of events ranging from Hearing Health Forums to the Kirkland Mother’s Day Half Marathon and 5K. We kicked off Better Hearing and Speech Month with a celebration of Voice Day in late April in collaboration with Dr. Wm. Gregory Young, otolaryngologist. Together we welcomed singers and performers at our Kirkland clinic to discuss voice hygiene and practice healthy voice exercises.

The UW Hearing Health Forum took place on April 26th and involved Audiology students from the University of Washington. While the future audiologists had an opportunity to present what they have learned, our patients enjoyed presentations on brain hearing, listening effort, and hearing in social settings.

UW students with our ESHC Staff

As a community-conscious clinic, we assembled more than 2000 earplug kits to promote hearing protection for our patients and friends.

Ear-plug staffing

Cooking at Tent City

Additionally, we taught a Speech Reading courses at the Emerald Heights Retirement Center in Redmond. One of our biggest community events this year was cooking and serving dinner to residents of Camp Unity at St. Jude’s Church in Redmond. The ESHC staff was humbled and thankful for everyone who participated and brought donations to this Tent City organization. Our staff also participated in a series of Boot Camp sessions with a wellness trainer, preparing for the Kirkland Mother’s Day 5K run. During this event the clinic staff spread the word on hearing health and educated the community about Better Hearing and Speech Month.

ESHC staff at the 5K run

Following tradition, Evergreen Speech and Hearing Clinic hosted a special hearing event, from May 16-18. During this event the ESHC audiologists introduced rechargeable hearing aids to everyone who is curious about hearing technology. This event further pushed ESHC to provide the best patient care possible, with the clinic audiologists helping patients of all ages to find solutions to their communication needs. Other events included a stuttering support group for families, and a special lecture for our employees on living with dyslexia by John Curley.

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Where Performance and Ecology Intersect

Since the advent of rechargeable batteries back in the
1990’s, patients have been asking when hearing aids
would become rechargeable. For the past several years, low technology systems have been available with limited success. Today, all that has changed! (more…)

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Are you protecting your hearing?

Hearing is a sense that many of us take for granted. Throughout our lives, we subject our ears to loud sounds–music, power tools, lawn mowers, air travel–without using ear protection. Regrettably, this can cause hearing loss. Additionally, the natural aging process generally results in hearing loss. Even certain illnesses and medications can adversely affect our hearing. Unfortunately, hearing loss that occurs from such causes is permanent.

The good news is, even if you already have a little hearing loss, it’s never too late to preserve your hearing for the years ahead. (more…)

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