Research Interests: Hearing loss in the elderly, outcomes assessment, evidence based practice, hearing screening, handicap assessment
An expert in hearing loss in older adults, Barbara E. Weinstein earned her Ph.D. in audiology with a minor in geriatrics from Columbia University. Weinstein has authored several textbooks, the most recent being Geriatric Audiology (2012). The author of close to one hundred articles and book chapters, she speaks nationally and internationally on a wide range of topics ranging from social isolation and hearing loss in the elderly, to senile dementia and hearing loss, to hearing aids and hearing health promotion and screening. She is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), an Oyer Fellow, and a recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award for the New York State Speech Language Hearing Association. She served as a panelist on the National Institutes of Health consensus panel on cochlear implants.
Weinstein developed the Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly and its companion version, the Hearing Handicap Inventory for Adults, the most widely used scales to screen adults and older adults for hearing loss, as well as to measure outcomes. She is the recipient of local, state, and federal grants in excess of $750,000 on aging, workforce education, counseling older adults, and outreach.