Hearing loss has both direct and indirect economic implications for individuals and society.
The cost of hearing aids is a well-documented, substantial barrier to accessing the devices among older Americans. Other economic costs include medical expenses and lost productivity, which can generate substantial financial stress for low-income adults.
Cochlear Center research aims to understand the role of hearing loss on health-related outcomes from an economics perspective. This knowledge supports policy changes and innovative models of care, from trial phase to broader adoption, using cost analysis, modeling estimates, and projections.
Core faculty Nicholas Reed, AuD, PhD explores hearing loss and patient-centered health care outcomes, such as satisfaction and perception of care, through planned analyses in the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, National Health and Aging Trends Study, and Health and Retirement Study.