Amber Hsu, PhD, RN

Postdoctoral Fellow, Disability Policy Research, Northwestern University Center for Education in Health Sciences

2020 Fellow

Amber Hsu earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focus is health disparities and healthcare access for those with disabilities, more specifically hearing loss. Amber is well aware of the challenges endured by hard of hearing patients related to accessing health information in healthcare settings. She was diagnosed bilaterally profoundly deaf at 3 years old and was fortunate to receive timely hearing accommodations such as Cued Speech and the Cochlear Implant. Obtaining these cost prohibitive hearing accommodations were made possible through legislation, and this experience allowed Amber to recognize the value of accessible and timely hearing healthcare services. Amber’s clinical and personal experiences prompted her to pursue research and advocacy surrounding older adults with hearing loss. Her long-term goal is to improve access to hearing healthcare services in healthcare settings for older adults with hearing loss by informing policy.