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Claire M. Bernstein, Ph.D.

Research Audiologist

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  • Gallaudet University

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • Ph.D. - Columbia University, 1984
  • M.S. - Columbia University, 1978
  • B.A. - Queens College of CUNY, 1976

BIOGRAPHY AND RERC AFFILIATION

Dr. Claire Marcus Bernstein joined the Department of Hearing, Speech and Language Science at Gallaudet University in 2004 as a Research Audiologist working with the RERC on Hearing Enhancement. Dr. Bernstein received her Ph.D. in Audiology from Columbia University.  Her clinical, teaching, and research work over the years has focused on geriatric and rehabilitative audiology. Dr. Bernstein’s current clinical research projects involve collaboration with Dr. Matthew Bakke and Dr. Harry Levitt on the development and evaluation of rehabilitation approaches to improve communication skills of adult cochlear implant users. She is also working on a project with Dr.Cynthia Compton Conley to create a new computerized communication needs assessment tool for the selection and fitting of hearing assistive technologies. In addition, Dr. Bernstein serves as an adjunct faculty member teaching the Hearing Loss and Aging class with Dr. Scott Bally.

Over the last 20 years Dr. Bernstein has worked in private practice, hospital, and university settings with combined clinical, research, teaching, and supervisory experience. At the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Dr. Bernstein provided professional practice consultation, served as scientific coordinator for the Pediatric Audiology and Genetics Conference, and developed ASHA’s first audiology e-publication, Access Audiology. She is the author of many issues on a range of clinical topics including auditory neuropathy, genetics and hearing loss, tinnitus, hearing assistive technologies, and otoprotection. Dr. Bernstein currently serves on the Academy Advisory Board of the Hearing Loss of America.

Dr. Bernstein is involved with the project Efficacy of Aural Rehabilitation Intervention with Adult Cochlear Implant Users as project director. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of aural rehabilitation (AR) intervention to improve outcomes for adult cochlear implant users. By taking advantage of neuroplasticity, auditory training may offer an avenue for enhancing the benefits afforded by the cochlear implant device. The proposed research will examine whether short-term auditory training, combining top-down/synthetic and bottom-up/analytic approaches, can significantly improve the speech recognition abilities of postlingually deafened adult cochlear implant users. A second goal is to assess the additional benefit of communication strategies training in concert with informational counseling. The hypothesis is that this form of aural rehabilitation intervention will improve psychosocial outcomes including self-perceived communication function, hearing handicap, quality of life and self-confidence. In all, the results of this study will contribute to the growing body of evidence on the benefits of AR intervention, and will help identify optimal clinical rehabilitation training protocols for adult cochlear implant users.

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Blake-Rahter,P., Bernstein,C., Bakke,M., Mazevski,A., Hnath-Chisolm,T., Levitt,H., & Plant,G.  (2009) Clinical Evaluation of Computer-Guided Speech Tracking with Adult Cochlear Implant Recipients. Presented at the Fifth International Adult Aural Rehabilitation Conference. Tampa, Florida, March 13-15.
  • Bakke, M., Bernstein, C., Bally, S., & Pray, J. (2008). Managing Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Assessment, intervention, and technologies for independence and well being. In R. Felder & M.Alwan (Eds.), Aging Medicine, Eldercare Technology for Clinical Practitioners (p. to appear). Totowa, NJ: Humana Press Inc.
  • Bernstein, C. (Ed.) (2007). Dual Sensory Loss. Trends in Amplification, 11(4), 217-300.                    
  • Compton-Conley, C. & Bernstein, C. (2007). The Hearing Assistive Technology Needs Assessment Profile (HATNAP). Presented at the Fourth International Adult Aural Rehabilitation Conference. Portland, Maine, May 13-15.  
  • Bakke, M., Bernstein, C., Mazevski, A., Verhoff, M., & Levitt, H. (2007). Computer-Guided Speech Tracking as a Training Tool. Presented at the Fourth International Adult Aural Rehabilitation Conference. Portland, Maine, May 13-15.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email Address: claire.bernstein@gallaudet.edu
Phone Number: 301-509-0722 (voice)

 

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