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Nicholas Reed, AuD

  • Assistant Professor

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2024 E. Monument Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health

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AuD, Towson University, 2013
BA, Lycoming College, 2008


Dr. Nicholas Reed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a joint appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. During his training as a clinical audiologist, 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. 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.

Dr. Reed is core faculty at the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health where he is the Director of the Audiology core. 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.

  • hearing
  • hearing loss
  • hearing aids
  • amplification
  • health care
  • health services
  • hearing care utilization
  • gerontology
  • presbycusis
  • delirium

Select Publications:

  • 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 Jul 4;318(1) 89-90. PMID:28672306
  • Reed NS, Altan A, Deal JA, Yeh C, Kravetz A, Wallhagen M, Lin FR. Trends in Health Care Costs and Utilization Associated with Untreated Hearing Loss Over 10 Years. JAMA-Otolaryngology, 2019 145(1) 27-34. PMID: 30419131
  • Reed NS, Betz JF, Kucharska-Newton A, Lin FR, Deal JA. Hearing loss and satisfaction with healthcare: an unexplored relationship. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2018 67(3) 624-626. PMID: 30512196
  • Reed NS, Lin FR, Willink A. Hearing Care Access? Focus on Clinical Services, Not Devices. JAMA, 2018 320(16), 1641-1642. PMID: 30242394
  • Hearing and the Health Care System