Many adults who are in mid-life or older are aware of the strong relationship between age and reported hearing loss. According to national statistics, 18 per cent of American adults 45-64 years, 30 per cent of adults 75-74 years old and 47 per cent of adults 75 years old have a hearing impairment.
A timely update on the latest research and technology in the field of audiology will be presented Wednesday (1-23) in the monthly wellness lecture at Academy Village by Dr. Holly Hosford-Dunn, a Tucson clinical audiologist. Entitled “Myths and Misconceptions About Hearing, Aging, and Hearing Aids,” the lecture will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy Building, 13715 East Langtry Lane. ASA lectures and concerts are open to the public free of charge.
Hosford-Dunn graduated from New Mexico State University in communication disorders and received a Ph.D. in hearing sciences at Stanford University. She served as director of the Stanford Audiology Clinic for six years after completing post-doctoral work at Max Planck Institute in Germany and at the Eaton-Peabody Auditory Physiology Lab, in Boston.
Since moving to Tucson in the late 1980s, Hosford-Dunn has owned and managed four audiology and hearing aid practices in this area, the latest being TAI, located on Tanque Verde Road. She has authored or edited a number of text books and journal articles and has taught marketing and practice management in several academic settings.
She is especially interested in continuing education in audiology and management, roles of audiology in changing health care delivery, outcome measures and hearing aid research. Among ways she pursues this interest is her service as the editor of Hearing Health & Technology Matters! – a multi-author Internet blog for audiologists, industry, health providers, and consumers at http://hearinghealthmatters.org/.
Submitted by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer