Approximately 48 million adults in the U.S. have hearing loss, more than half of these due to noise exposure. Nearly 50 per cent of people over the age of 75 have hearing loss that adversely affects their lives – 25 per cent for those between the ages of 65 and 74.

Nicole Marrone
Nicole Marrone

The work of researchers and clinicians at the University of Arizona to advance hearing science will be described during the monthly wellness lecture at the Arizona Senior Academy Wednesday (May 6).

The lecture, by Nicole Marrone, assistant professor of speech, language and hearing science, begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the ASA Building.  Her research investigates hearing loss and rehabilitation in adults. Her specialty is how interventions, including hearing aids and group audiologic rehabilitation, can improve people’s quality of life and communication in everyday environments.

Marrone has been a member of the UA faculty since 2011, where she holds the James S. and Dyan Pignatelli/Unisource Clinical Chair in Audiologic Rehabilitation for Adults.  Part of her research focuses on increasing access to hearing healthcare in rural communities, and she incorporates service-learning projects into courses she teaches at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Marrone graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota where she received a B.A. Degree in Speech and Hearing Science.  She worked at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary while studying for her M.A. and Ph.D. Degrees in audiology from Boston University (received in 2004 and 2007).  She moved to Tucson and joined the UA faculty after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Written by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer

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What’s New in Hearing Loss Research?: May 2015
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