Nicholas Reed, AuD, PhD

Associate Professor - Optimal Aging Institute, NYU Grossman School of Medicine & Faculty - Department of Otolaryngology, Department of Population Health

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Nicholas Reed, AuD, PhD


Nicholas Reed, AuD, PhD, is an associate professor at the Optimal Aging Institute, NYU Grossman School of Medicine (Faculty - Department of Otolaryngology, Department of Population Health) and an adjunct professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

Reed directs the Audiology Core at Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health. In this capacity, he oversees the integration of hearing measures and hearing care into cohort studies and clinical trials. This includes selection of appropriate measures, grant preparation support, development of hearing data collection protocols, technician training procedures, quality assurance, data management, and quality control. He currently manages hearing data collection the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Neurocognitive Study, the BIOCARD Study, the Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Area Study, and National Health Aging and Trends Study. He is a co-investigator in the Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders (ACHIEVE) trial where he is a member of the hearing intervention subcommittee and co-chairs the recruitment subcommittee.

He approaches his intervention work through an implementation science lens with a focus on sustainable interventions to create a more equitable health care system for the millions of adults with hearing loss.  

This approach was informed by his training as a clinical audiologist, when he became concerned with the current state of hearing care in the United States, where less than 20% of adults with hearing loss own and use hearing aids, and whether the barriers hearing loss places on communication in health care settings impact health care outcomes for adults with hearing loss. His research focuses on direct-to-consumer hearing care, understanding hearing aid use in the United States, the relationship between hearing loss and health care outcomes/interactions (e.g., satisfaction with care, inpatient safety, quality of care, delirium, etc.), and whether interventions targeting hearing loss can mitigate these associations.

Reed NS., Betz J., Kendig N., Korczak M., & Lin FR. Personal Sound Amplification Products vs a Conventional Hearing Aid for Speech Understanding in Noise. JAMA. 2017, 318(1): 89–90.

Reed NS, Altan A, Deal JA, Yeh C, Kravetz AD, Wallhagen M, Lin FR. Trends in Health Care Costs and Utilization Associated With Untreated Hearing Loss Over 10 Years. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Jan 1;145(1):27-34. 

Reed NS, Boss EF, Lin FR, Oh ES, Willink A. Satisfaction With Quality of Health Care Among Medicare Beneficiaries With Functional Hearing Loss. Med Care. 2021 Jan;59(1):22-28.

Reed NS, Garcia-Morales E, Willink A. Trends in Hearing Aid Ownership Among Older Adults in the United States From 2011 to 2018. JAMA Intern Med. 2020 Dec 7.