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Epidemiologic Approaches to Hearing Loss and Public Health

June 24, 2023
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1 credit
Course number: 340.690.49 (online)
                                     340.690.11 (in-person)

This is a hybrid course with both a synchronous online section (340.690.49) and an in-person section (340.690.11). You can indicate which option you want (either online or in-person) when registering in SIS.

Course Instructors:


Hearing loss impacts two-thirds of adults over the age of 70 years old and is associated with important gerontological outcomes including dementia and falls. Hearing aids represent the most common approach to addressing hearing loss. However, less than twenty percent of persons with hearing loss own and use hearing aids. This course will provide the foundational knowledge to investigate and address hearing loss as a public health concern.

Introduces biologic, epidemiologic and clinical aspects of aging-related declines in the auditory system. Demonstrates methods of assessment of auditory function for epidemiologic studies. Reviews current epidemiologic knowledge of sensory function and aging-related outcomes in older adults, including the epidemiology and consequences of dual sensory loss. Presents areas for future research and opportunities for intervention and prevention

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply basic epidemiologic methodology to answer key public health questions addressing and understanding hearing loss among older adults
  2. Evaluate potential explanations for epidemiologic associations between hearing loss and gerontologic outcomes
  3. Identify and compare commonly used measures of hearing loss and the strengths and limitations of these measures in epidemiologic studies in older adults

Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 80% Assignments
  • 20% Quizzes

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students will not be allowed to take both this course and its parent course, 340.699.01, for credit. All in-person classes will be taught online via Zoom, on the dates and times the course is scheduled. For further information, please see the Institute website Pre-course lecture and readings will be posted in CoursePlus before the start of classes.