Cochlear Limited, Johns Hopkins Partner to Create Hearing and Public Health Center A new research center that will study the effects of hearing loss, particularly among older adults, launched in March at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The goal of the center is to prevent and mitigate the consequences of hearing impairment, including cognitive decline and dementia. The Cochlear ... News in Brief
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Cochlear Limited, Johns Hopkins Partner to Create Hearing and Public Health Center
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Cochlear Limited, Johns Hopkins Partner to Create Hearing and Public Health Center
The ASHA Leader, May 2018, Vol. 23, 11. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.23052018.11
The ASHA Leader, May 2018, Vol. 23, 11. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.23052018.11
A new research center that will study the effects of hearing loss, particularly among older adults, launched in March at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The goal of the center is to prevent and mitigate the consequences of hearing impairment, including cognitive decline and dementia.
The Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health is being established with $10 million from Cochlear Limited, an Australia-based developer of hearing implants. Cochlear and Hopkins announced the launch of the center in conjunction with World Hearing Day on March 3.
Frank Lin, associate professor of epidemiology and mental health at the Bloomberg School and of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine, will direct the center.
“We are just now beginning to understand the impact that hearing loss can have on the lives of older adults,” Lin says. “Amazingly, there is a dearth of public health research that examines this area and that is geared toward developing solutions and policies needed to mitigate these effects. This center is going to address these gaps.”
The center represents a “unique collaboration between industry and academia,” he says. “Implementation of public health initiatives around hearing—or nearly any other public health problem—requires insights from industry into how to create scalable commercial and economic models for the development and delivery of services and technology. Cochlear [Limited] will be able to provide these insights to the center.”
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