Improving Communication for People
with Hearing Loss | March 14-15, 2017

We at the Center on Longevity thank you for joining us for the March 14-15, 2017 meeting at Stanford University for a discussion on hearing loss and its effect on communication and social engagement. This meeting is generously funded by members of the Stanford Center on Longevity Advisory Council, Katherine and David deWilde, and will serve as the initial step in a program of research that focuses on how to improve communication for those with hearing loss.

Using the “launch” model developed at the Center, this small group of distinguished experts who represent medicine, engineering, psychology, sociology, law, government, health economics, health policy, industry, technology and advocacy will convene to elaborate key issues, compile existing evidence and identify questions to which answers are needed in order to inform policies and improve programs surrounding hearing loss and communication.

This website has been created to provide you with information for the meeting, including the agenda, reading materials, a list of attendees, logistical information and contact information for Center on Longevity staff. If you require additional information or assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us and someone will assist you.

Please note, part of our conference is walking one mile, roundtrip, to tour a classroom on campus. If you need a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information, please contact Amy Yotopoulos at [email protected]. Requests should be made by March 1, 2017.


Amy Yotopoulos
Director, Mind Division
Stanford Center on Longevity
[email protected]


March 14
2:30– 3:00 pm Registration opens
3:00– 3:30 pm Welcome, Introductions, and Goals of the Meeting

• Jim Johnson
• Laura Carstensen
• Gerald Popelka

3:30-3:45 pm Opening Presentation by Frank Lin: “Overview of Hearing Loss: What Do We Know and What Needs To Be Done?”
3:45-4:30 pm Session I: How Acoustics and Built Environment of Public and Private Spaces Support Better CommunicationModerated by Brenda Battat
4:30-4:40 pm Walk to Lathrop Room #282 (a classroom with the Meyer Sound Constellation system installed)
4:40-5:30 pm Tour and Continued Discussion of Acoustics and Built Environment at Lathrop #282Moderated by Bob Smith
5:30-5:40 pm Walk back to GSB Common Room
5:40-6:15 pm Happy Hour in Courtyard
6:15-8:00 pm

7:00 pm

Dinner with Panel Discussion

The Future of “Hearability”: Where Could We Go From Here?
Moderated by Mark Cullen

Panelists: Robert Jackler, Gretchen Addi, Amanda French, David Eagleman

8:15 pm Shuttle returns to Sheraton hotel
March 15
7:30 am Shuttle from Sheraton hotel to GSB Common Room
7:45 – 8:15 am Breakfast
8:15 – 10:0 0 am Session 2: Integration and Interoperability of Technology and Services- Moderated by Zina Jawadi
10:00 – 11:30 am Session 3: How Policies, Research, and Education Can Influence Change –Moderated by Jack Rowe
11:30 – 11:45 am Break
11:45 – 12:30 pm Session 4: Setting the Research Agenda
Moderated by Laura Carstensen
12:30 pm Boxed lunches


Gretchen Addi
Associate Partner, IDEO

Jennifer Alyono
Fellow, Otology/Neurotology, Stanford School of Medicine

Amy Andonian
President and CEO, Avenidas

Jeremy Bailenson
Professor of Communication, Stanford University, Founding Director of the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab

Stavros Basseas
Co-founder and Principal, SoundWorld Solutions

Barbara Beskind
Tech Designer, IDEO

Brenda Battat
Former Executive Director, Hearing Loss Association of America

Cindy Beyer
Vice President, HearUSA

Nikolas Blevins
Professor of Otolaryngology, Stanford School of Medicine, Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University Medical Center

Rika Bosmans
Managing Director, Stanford Center on Longevity

Laura Carstensen
Professor of Psychology, Stanford University, Director, Stanford Center on Longevity

Chris Chafe
Professor of Music, Director Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University

Herbert Clark
Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Stanford University

Robin Cole
Accommodations Coordinator, Office of Accessible Education, Stanford University

Poppy Crum
Chief Scientist, Dolby Laboratories and Consulting Professor, Stanford University

Mark Cullen
Professor of Medicine, of Biomedical Data Science, of Health Research and Policy and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

David DeWilde 
Private Investor, Member of Stanford Center on Longevity Advisory Council

Doron Dorfman
Graduate student, Stanford School of Law

Judy Dubno
Professor, Director of the Hearing Research Program, Medical University of South Carolina

Thibault Duchemin
CEO and Founder, Ava

Laura Dunn
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine

David Eagleman
Neuroscientist, Stanford University

Nancy Easterbrook
Director of External Affairs, Stanford Center on Longevity

Matthew Fitzgerald
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Chief of Audiology, Stanford University Medical Center

Amanda French
Graduate Student, Bioengineering, Stanford University

Pierre Germain 
Constellation Design Manager, Meyer Sound

Justin Golub 
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center

Cynthia Hutchins 
Director of Financial Gerontology, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

Robert Jackler
Professor in Otorhinolaryngology and Professor, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery and of Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine

Zina Jawadi
Undergraduate Biology Student, Stanford University

Jim Johnson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson Capital Partners

Luqman Lawal
Director, Global Health and Research, Starkey Hearing Foundation

Laura Lee
Undergraduate Psychology Student, Stanford University

Frank Lin
Professor of Otolaryngology, Geriatric Medicine, Mental Health, and Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Unversity

Kristen Liu
Director, Accessibility & Advocacy, Doppler Labs

Hope Mitnick
Architect and Founding Principal, Odessa Architecture

Sheri Peifer
Chief Strategy Officer, Eskaton

Philip Pizzo
Professor of Medicine and Former Dean, Stanford University Medical Center

Gerald Popelka
Consulting Professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Former Chief of Audiology, Stanford University Medical Center

John (Jack) Rowe
Professor of Health Policy and Aging, Columbia University

Charles Salter
Acoustical Engineer, and President of Charles M. Salter and Associates, Inc.

Sheila Sanchez
Associate Director and ADA Program Director, Diversity and Access Office, Stanford University

Daniel Shen
Founder, Chief Clinical and Science Officer, Eargo

Bob Smith
Director, Classroom Innovation, Stanford University

Ken Smith
Senior Research Scholar and Director, Mobility Division, Stanford Center on Longevity

Jonathan Streeter
Research Associate, Stanford Center on Longevity

Austin Swanson
Lead Audiologist, Stanford Hospital

Susi Stadler
Principal at Stadler Architecture, Co-Founder, Executive Director, At Home With Growing Older

Tobi Szuts
Research Scientist, Meyer Sound

Lily Truong
Co-founder and CEO, Clear Ear

Yona Vaisbuch
Clinical Instructor, Otolaryngology, Stanford School of Medicine

Anthony Wagner
Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

Amy Yotopoulos
Director, Mind Division, Stanford Center on Longevity


Brody, Jane. Hearing Loss Costs Far More Than Ability to Hear The New York Times. September 28, 2015. Accessed February 13, 2017.

Calderone, Julia. “Hearing Loss: No More Suffering in Silence?” Consumer Reports. February 2, 2017. Accessed February 21, 2017.

Contrera, Kevin J, MPH. Hearing Loss Health Care for Older Adults. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine 29, no. 3 (June 2016): 394-403. Accessed February 21, 2017.

Humes, Larry E., Sara E. Rogers, Tera M. Quigley, Anna K. Main, Dana L. Kinney, and Christine Herring. “The Effects of Service-Delivery Model and Purchase Price on Hearing-Aid Outcomes in Older Adults: A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial.” American Journal of Audiology, 2017, 1. doi:10.1044/2017_aja-16-0111.

Lin, Frank R. Hearing Loss in Older Adults.” Jama307, no. 11 (2012): 1147. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.321.

Lin, Frank R., William R. Hazzard, and Dan G. Blazer. Priorities for Improving Hearing Health Care for Adults. Jama 316, no. 8 (2016): 819. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.7916.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Hearing Health Care for Adults. 2016. doi:10.17226/23446.

Warren, Elizabeth, Grassley, Chuck. “Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids—The Path Forward …” JAMA Internal Medicine. March 3, 2017. Accessed March 6, 2017.



GSB Common, 680 Serra Street, Stanford, CA 94305  Directions


The block of rooms that was reserved at the Sheraton hotel is now closed. To make your hotel reservations please call 1-800-325-3535 or email [email protected].

The University will reimburse hotel costs of room and tax. Personal phone calls, movies, laundry, or other personal expenses are not reimbursable. If you have any special needs or circumstances, please let us know.

University business travelers are expected to use lodging accommodations that are necessary and reasonable.


Please make your own travel arrangements. There are three airports in the Bay Area.

• San Jose International Airport (SJC) – 15 miles from Stanford
• San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – 20 miles from Stanford
• Oakland International Airport (OAK) – 30 miles from Stanford

Stanford University will reimburse COACH airfare only. All reimbursements require dated original itemized receipts and proof of payment. Receipts must include a detailed itinerary identifying all times of departure, flight numbers, class of service, fare basis, ticket/confirmation number and cost of ticket along with proof of payment.


• Taxi fare including up to 20% tip will be reimbursed.
• Travelers should use the most economical means for travel to and from the airport, including parking costs. Shuttle services usually provide the most
economical means.

Personal Auto
• The University will pay a standard rate per mile (56.5 cents as of January 2013) for official travel by private automobile based on the actual driving distance
by the most direct route (not more than 105 percent of the mileage listed on the MapQuest)

Rental Car
• The University will pay the traveler for the cost of renting a compact or standard size car and for the automobile related expenses, if use of the rental vehicle
is the most economical mode of transportation. Before renting a car, the traveler should consider shuttle services and taxis, particularly for transportation
between airport and lodging.
• University Name on Rental Agreement – Car rental agreements for both employees and non-employees renting for University business should, for insurance
reasons, whenever possible include “Stanford University” with the name of an individual. Use of the University provided travel card serves this purpose for
than the renter, or leave the state in which it is rented without the agency’s permission.
• Accident Notification – If a rented vehicle is involved in an accident the Stanford Assistant Vice President of Risk Management should be notified promptly.
• Additional Insurance Needed? Within the Continental United States: NO


• We will provide all meals during the conference. Any meals purchased when a meal has been provided through the conference is not reimbursable.


For U.S. Citizens, Stanford requires that a social security number and a current mailing address be provided.

• To expedite processing of your expenses please make sure you have met all reimbursement requirements that are applicable. Please either scan and email your receipts to [email protected].

If you have any questions, please call Rika Bosmans at (650) 723-2783 or email [email protected].


Amy Yotopoulos
Director, Mind Division
Stanford Center on Longevity
[email protected]

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