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Cochlear Center

Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health


Hearing, and our ability to engage with the people and environment around us, is the foundation for much of our daily experience.

We now know that gradual losses in hearing that occur with age have a cascading and impactful consequence on individual well-being and broader public health. Ensuring that older adults in society, including the nearly two-thirds with hearing loss, can effectively engage with the people, and broader world, around them is key to optimizing the health and well-being of older adults.

Making a Difference within the Community

Hearing loss isn’t just an inconvenience that accompanies aging—it’s a serious public health problem.

Research has shown that hearing loss increases the risk of a multitude of other health issues, including cognitive decline and dementia, falls, hospitalization, disability, and increased healthcare costs. But just linking hearing loss and these problems isn’t the end of the story. To make a difference, research needs to take a step further. The Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health was created to develop and implement viable and scalable solutions for problems associated with hearing loss.