Leading the World in Public Health and Policy Solutions for Hearing and Aging
Hearing loss isn't just an inconvenience. It's a critical public health issue impacting how older adults engage with their world.
Epidemiology of Hearing Loss
Highlighting the substantial impact of hearing loss in society
Cognition and Brain Aging
Exploring connections between hearing loss and the risk of cognitive decline and dementia
Hearing Care and Delivery
Testing hearing care and delivery models that improve health care outcomes and expand access to care
Health Services and Economics
Understanding the direct and indirect economic implications of hearing loss for individuals and society
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Hearing loss affects 1/4 of adults in their 60s and nearly 2/3 of Americans over 70. All older adults deserve access to the tolls they need for healthy aging, but there are gaps in who gets hearing care. Less than 20% of adults with hearing loss use a hearing aid and that rate is even lower among low-income adults.
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Our groundbreaking research and programs make a difference across policy and healthcare settings.
Policy Brief Highlight
Medicare Coverage for Hearing Treatment: Inadequate and Ready for Improvement
March 3, 2021
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Our monthly seminar series features speakers with expertise in a wide variety of topics around hearing, aging, and public health. They are free and open to the public.
Up Next: January 25, 2024, 4 pm ET: Brent Edwards, PhD, Director, National Acoustics Laboratories, Australia (virtual only)
Graduate students, audiologists, physicians, and medical students from around the world come to learn at the Center.
"All older adults deserve access to the tools they need for healthy aging, but there are gaps in who gets hearing care. The HEARS program begins to bridge that gap by empowering community health workers to reach older adults with untreated hearing loss."
ACHIEVE Study Results Published in the Lancet
Main finding: In older adults at increased risk for cognitive decline, hearing intervention slowed down loss of thinking and memory abilities by 48% over 3 years.
Jul 18, 2023Learn More About ACHIEVE Study Results