Improving Communication for People with Hearing Loss

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On March 14 and 15, 2017, we convened a group of distinguished experts representing the fields of medicine, engineering, psychology, sociology, law, government, health economics, health policy, industry, technology, and advocacy, to elaborate key issues, compile existing evidence, and identify questions to which answers are needed in order to guide research, inform public policy, and improve products and services.

The Hearing Project at the Stanford Center on Longevity will include developing research and policy programs to address the following issues:

  • Access, prevention, and education
  • Technology
  • Policies
  • Acoustic and built environments

The results of this project will provide actionable insights into the usage, technology, and policies related to greater adoption of hearing aids and other hearing devices, as well as related methods for acoustically improving built environments. Further, the results of this project will provide insights into the effects of hearing devices and improved acoustics on communication among individuals with varying degrees of hearing loss. Data and resources collected by the Hearing Project may serve as a starting point for future research. Ultimately, the Hearing Project seeks to improve overall the psychological, physical, and cognitive well-being of the hearing-impaired and those who interact with them.

The project will seed pilot research on identified topics and convene practitioners, patients, and other stakeholders to develop a strategic plan to improve communication for those with hearing loss in America.

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