TA-1: Advancing Hearing Health Equity for Older Adults



  1. Introduction to hearing health equity
    • Basics of a public health approach to hearing health
    • Public health vs Clinical care
    • Differentiating inequality vs disparity vs inequity
    • Defining epidemiology and social epidemiology
    • Introduction to social determinants of health
    • Applying a life course approach to hearing health
  2. Current status of hearing health among older adults
    • Prevalence of hearing loss and hearing aid use
    • Disparities in hearing health care by race and ethnicity
    • Disparities in hearing health care by socioeconomic position
    • Considerations re: socioeconomic position and the life course
    • Limitations in the diversity of representation in hearing-related trials
    • Mechanisms underlying disparities
  3. Public health-driven approaches to advance access and equity
    • Potential of over-the-counter hearing aids
    • Introduction to community-delivered hearing care
    • Task sharing within hearing health
    • Introduction to the HEARS intervention & RCT
    • Findings from the HEARS RCT
    • Discussion of HEARS methodology as an example of community-engaged research within hearing health
    • Lessons for clinicians and researchers in advancing hearing health equity

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the current status of hearing health among older adults, including existing disparities
  • Describe public health-driven approaches to advance hearing health equity, including task sharing and community health worker-partnered models of care
  • Identify opportunities to increase access and advance equity within