The center’s Impact
The impact of the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health will ultimately be measured by the accomplishments of the individuals and trainees who comprise the Center and whose research, advocacy and academic pursuits will advance Center mission areas. These accomplishments will take place at the macro level (e.g., public policy legislation) to the micro level (e.g., programs to deliver hearing care to individuals in a particular community) and everywhere in between (e.g., acquiring significant grant funding for Center mission areas, influential research publications, etc.). Common to all of these accomplishments will be the foundational understanding that strategies and solutions that allow older adults with hearing loss to communicate and effectively engage with their environment are fundamental to optimize human health and aging.
Amber Willink publishes a Viewpoint in JAMA on the importance of Medicare coverage for hearing and other services for older adults.
Nick Reed’s study of over-the-counter hearing devices and relative equivalence to hearing aids published in JAMA
The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 is passed in the U.S. through the congressional testimony and research/advocacy efforts of Center Director Frank Lin. Read more here about why this legislation is so important for hearing care.
Carrie Nieman’s NIH K23 Career Development Award, titled “Accessible Hearing Care for Reduction of Disruptive Behaviors and Caregiver Burden in Dementia,” receives a perfect score (10) after NIH study section review.
Center faculty Frank Lin and Joe Coresh awarded $16 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to conduct the Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders randomized trial.