More than half of Medicare beneficiaries have a significant hearing loss. Yet Medicare currently only covers diagnosis – leaving seniors without coverage for hearing aids or hearing care services. Expanding Medicare to include a hearing benefit is now under consideration by Congress. Read our NEW graphic editorial, along with Cochlear Center opinion pieces, media coverage and policy briefs,about how Medicare could be improved for millions.


What We Do



Join us Monday, November 29, 2021 at NOON when we welcome Eva DuGoff, PhD, Senior Health Advisor, United States Senate Committee on Finance.  DuGoff will present “Hearing Care in Medicare: Current Status and Next Steps”


About: Eva DuGoff, PhD, is a Senior Health Advisor, focusing on health insurance coverage under the marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act as well as the Medicare Advantage program, for the United States Senate Committee on Finance. Her previous roles include serving as faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Maryland, and as a consultant at the Berkeley Research Group, LLC. DuGoff earned her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to her doctoral work, DuGoff served as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) during the development of the Affordable Care Act.


What we do

At the Johns Hopkins Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health, we are training a generation of clinicians and researchers to study the impact that hearing loss in older adults has on public health and to develop and implement public health strategies and solutions for hearing loss.

 What We Do

Ensuring that older adults can effectively hear and engage with the people and world around them is key to optimizing health and well-being. The Cochlear Center is dedicated to recruiting and training a generation of researchers, clinicians and public health experts who can study the impact that hearing loss has on public health, develop and test strategies to address hearing loss and help implement effective policies for hearing loss at the local, national and global levels.

The Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health will work to effectively optimize the health and function of an aging society and become the premier global resource for ground-breaking research and training on hearing loss and public health.

Hearing Matters

Hearing loss isn’t just an inconvenience that comes with getting older—it’s a critical public health issue that is now the focus of national and international initiatives coming from the National Academies, the White House and the World Health Organization. This global attention to hearing loss is the result of our growing understanding of the impact that hearing loss (present in nearly two-thirds of older adults) can have on the risk of dementia, cognitive decline, greater health care costs and other adverse outcomes. Implementing strategies to treat hearing loss, which are vastly underutilized around the world, could help reduce the risk of these outcomes and optimize the health of older adults.

Leading the way in public health hearing loss research

The Johns Hopkins Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health is the only global research institution focused exclusively on issues related to hearing loss and public health in older adults. Our researchers are interested in understanding the impact of hearing loss on public health, crafting and testing solutions and supporting and working to advance medical, public health and governmental understanding of these issues all around the world.

CBS Sunday Feature

Watch our Center's national TV debut in the CBS Sunday segment featuring Director Dr. Frank Lin and Core Faculty Member Nicholas Reed.