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.

What We’re Addressing:
  • Individuals walking in different directions as seen from above

    Epidemiology of Hearing Loss

    Highlighting the substantial impact of hearing loss in society

    Epidemiology of Hearing Loss
  • Hands belonging to a white-coated physician point to MRI scans on a tablet

    Cognition and Brain Aging

    Exploring connections between hearing loss and the risk of cognitive decline and dementia

    Cognition and Brain Aging
  • Two people handling a hearing device in the foreground, with mirror with a black frame in the background

    Hearing Care and Delivery

    Testing hearing care and delivery models that improve health care outcomes and expand access to care

    Hearing Care and Delivery
  • An individual in scrubs with a stethoscope operates a calculator with one hand while holding a phone in the other

    Health Services and Economics

    Understanding the direct and indirect economic implications of hearing loss for individuals and society

    Health Services and Economics
Percentage of Individuals with Hearing Loss by Age and Severity Infographic

Get the Facts

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.

Want the basics?

Read Hearing Loss 101

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Learn something new every month!

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.

The Seminar Series will resume in September 2024. Check back for our schedule of speakers!

Carrie Nieman, MD, MPH
Carrie Nieman, MD, MPH
Core faculty and co-creator of the HEARS model

"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."


What's New

The Year In Review

The Annual Report captures highlights of our work during the academic year.

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