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Epidemiologic Approaches to Hearing Loss and Public Health


East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
1 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Jennifer Deal

Hearing loss impacts two-thirds of adults over the age of 70 years old and is associated with important gerontological outcomes including dementia and falls. Hearing aids represent the most common approach to addressing hearing loss. However, less than twenty percent of persons with hearing loss own and use hearing aids. This course will provide the foundational knowledge to investigate and address hearing loss as a public health concern.

Introduces biologic, epidemiologic and clinical aspects of aging-related declines in the auditory system. Demonstrates methods of assessment of auditory function for epidemiologic studies. Reviews current epidemiologic knowledge of sensory function and aging-related outcomes in older adults, including the epidemiology and consequences of dual sensory loss. Presents areas for future research and opportunities for intervention and prevention

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply basic epidemiologic methodology to answer key public health questions addressing and understanding hearing loss among older adults
  2. Evaluate potential explanations for epidemiologic associations between hearing loss and gerontologic outcomes
  3. Identify and compare commonly used measures of hearing loss and the strengths and limitations of these measures in epidemiologic studies in older adults
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 80% Assignments
  • 20% Quizzes

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students will not be allowed to take both this course and its parent course, 340.699.01, for credit. Course will be offered as a synchronous, online course via Zoom, at the scheduled dates and times. All in-person classes will be taught online via Zoom, on the dates and times the course is scheduled. For further information, please see the Institute website Pre-course lecture and readings will be posted on CoursePlus before the start of classes.The final quiz and the self evaluation and peer-review of the final projects will be due July 10.