Living Well with Hearing Loss

Maximizing communication and improving the lives of individuals with hearing loss

Research on communication and wellbeing

We want a world where effective communication and support are accessible and achievable for all families living with hearing loss. We want a world where people are not isolated by hearing loss or restricted from activities or communication.

We are actively engaged in research and outreach, as well as student mentorship and teaching, to make steps towards these goals. We are investigating the factors that support communication and wellbeing, including communication programs and technology for adults with hearing loss and their communication partners. We are learning about current needs from families who share their experiences with us. Using evidence-based strategies, we are implementing several communication programs in the Hearing Clinic and the community to address the comprehensive needs and quality of life issues associated with acquired hearing loss for adults and their communication partners.

If you are interested in participating in an ongoing research study, please email


Our research is funded by grants awarded to Dr. Nicole Marrone from the National Institutes of Health - National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the University of Arizona Foundation, SERTOMA, start up funds from the University of Arizona, and the James S. and Dyan Pignatelli/Unisource Clinical Program in Audiologic Rehabilitation for Adults.

2016 presentations:

Invited Talks 2016

Marrone, N., Moseley, S., Glisky, E., and Shehorn, J. (April 30, 2016) Hearing Loss, Cognition, and Healthy Aging. Featured Speaker at the Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Tucson, AZ.

Marrone, N. (June 24, 2016) Improving Access to Hearing Health Education and Support in a Rural Community. Hearing Loss Association of America Research Symposium, Novel Approaches Toward Addressing Hearing Loss – Ideas on the Cutting Edge, Washington, D.C.

Muller, T., Marrone, N. (July 8, 2016) Toward an Affordable Hearing Aid Option for Adult Arizonans with Limited Income. Invited presentation to the Arizona Governor’s Council on Aging.

Marrone, N. (September 21, 2016) Oyendo Bien: Addressing Hearing Health Care Disparities Through a Community-based Intervention. Featured Session, Bringing Sound to the People: Promoting Hearing Health in the Community, at the World Congress of Audiology, Vancouver, Canada.

Submitted Presentations 2016

Marrone, N. (2016). Addressing Hearing Health Care Disparities in a Rural Hispanic Community. Podium Presentation at the American Auditory Society, Scottsdale, AZ, March 3-5, 2016.

Sanchez, A., Marrone, N., Ingram, M., De Zapien, J, Sánchez, D. ***, Harris, F., Colina, S. (March 3-5, 2016) Hearing loss management in a rural community: Barriers and facilitators. Poster presented at the American Auditory Society meeting, Scottsdale, AZ.

Sanchez, A., Ingram, M., Marrone, N. (April 13-16, 2016). Effects of Hearing Loss on Relationships in Mexican American Families. Poster presented at AudiologyNOW! 2016, Phoenix, AZ.

Marrone, N., Dubno, J., and Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Healthcare in Adults. (September 21, 2016) Institute of Medicine Consensus Report on Accessibile and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults. Oral Podium Presentation for the 33rd World Congress of Audiology. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Sanchez, A., Marrone, N. (September 2016) Family perspectives on hearing and communication among Mexican American Older Adults. Poster to be presented at the 33rd World Congress of Audiology. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.