Amber Willink, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Sydney and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the economic and health service utilization implications of gaps in health policy benefits on older adults. At the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health, Willink will be examining the economic impacts of hearing loss on older adults and the Medicare program as well as health services utilization outcomes associated with treated and untreated hearing loss.


She is interested in the practice and policy changes that can better support older adults with hearing loss and has published research on the options for the inclusion of hearing services under the Medicare program.


Select publications: 

Willink A, Reed NS. Understanding Medicare: Hearing Loss and Health Literacy. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020.        

Willink A. The High Coverage of Dental, Vision, and Hearing Benefits Among Medicare Advantage Enrollees. Inquiry. 2019;56:46958019861554.

Willink A, Hernando MA, Steege S. Why State Medicaid Programs Should Cover Hearing Aids for Adults. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019.

Willink A, Reed NS, Lin FR. Access To Hearing Care Services Among Older Medicare Beneficiaries Using Hearing Aids. Health Affairs. 2019;38(1):124-131.

Willink A, Reed NS, Lin FR. Cost-Benefit Analysis of Hearing Care Services: What Is It Worth to Medicare? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019;67(4):784-789.

Yong M, Willink A, McMahon C, et al. Access to adults' hearing aids: policies and technologies used in eight countries. Bull World Health Organ. 2019;97(10):699-710.

Reed NS, Lin FR, Willink A. Hearing Care Access?: Focus on Clinical Services, Not Devices. JAMA. 2018;320(16):1641-1642.

Willink, A., Schoen, C., & Davis, K. (2017). Consideration of Dental, Vision, and Hearing Services to be Covered Under Medicare. Journal of the American Medical Association, 318(7), 605-606.


Updated February 3, 2021