In memory of Nathan Hurle who passionately served the Hearing Health Collaborative.
We are forever grateful for your wisdom and guidance.

Hearing Health Collaborative

Hearing Health Collaborative

A Standard of Care Initiative for the United States of America

What is the Hearing Health Collaborative?

A passionate group of key opinion leaders dedicated to overcoming the challenges in advancing good healthcare practices and public policy on hearing care, in connection with healthy ageing.

Initiatives span four areas: Process, Evidence, Education and Policy.

Challenges include:

  • Attitude toward hearing health and the scale of the challenge and need
  • Stigma, affecting those with hearing loss
  • Building the evidence on the connection between hearing and healthy ageing
  • Lack of simple, consistent metrics for hearing health
  • Lack of HCP intervention on hearing loss in older populations
    • Lack of screening for adults over 50 years of age
    • Delayed adoption of hearing aids and cochlear implants
  • Lack of consistent practices for treatment and continuous care
    • Low consumer adoption of hearing aids for mild to moderate hearing losses
    • Low referrals from primary care for hearing health services
    • Low consumer and hearing care professional awareness of cochlear and other auditory implants – what they are and who they benefit (candidacy criteria), reimbursement/cost
    • Lack of recognition of the importance of Consensus on Standards of care in adult cochlear implantation
    • Lack of consistent models for CI candidacy and aftercare

Meet the collaborative participants


Matthew Carlson

Matthew Carlson, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery Division Chair, Otology & Neurotology, Medical Director, Cochlear Implant Program, Program Director, Neurotology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Sarah A. Sydlowski

Sarah A. Sydlowski, Au.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
Associate Chief Improvement Officer Audiology Director, Hearing Implant Program Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Meet the collaborative participants

Meagan Lewis

Meagan Lewis, AuD
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown, MD, PhD
University of North Carolina

Frank Lin

Frank Lin, MD
Johns Hopkins University

Maura Cosetti

Maura Cosetti, MD
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai

Erin Miller

Erin Miller, AuD
The University of Akron

René Gifford

René Gifford, MS, PhD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Stephanie Moody Antonio

Stephanie Moody Antonio, MD
Eastern Virginia Medical School


Samuel Gubbels, MD, FACS
University of Hospital School of Medicine/UCHealth

Tracy Murphy

Tracy Murphy, AuD
North Shore Audio‐Vestibular Lab

Richard Gurgel

Richard Gurgel, MD, MSCI
University of Utah School of Medicine

Ashley Nassiri

Ashley Nassiri, MD, MBA
Mayo Clinic

Marlan Hansen

Marlan Hansen, MD
University of Iowa

Regina Presley

Regina Presley, AuD
Greater Baltimore Medical Center

Heidi Hill

Heidi Hill, AuD
Hearing Health Clinic

Nicholas Reed

Nicholas Reed, AuD
Johns Hopkins University

Meredith Holcomb

Meredith Holcomb, AuD, CCC‐A
University of Miami

Doug Sladen

Doug Sladen, PhD
Western Washington University

Jacob Hunter

Jacob Hunter, MD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Donna Sorkin

Donna Sorkin, MA
American Cochlear Implant Alliance

Ben Balough

Ben Balough, MD, Neurotologist
Kaiser Permanente

Christopher Spankovich

Christopher Spankovich, PhD
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Anna Jilla

Anna Jilla, AuD, PhD
University of Texas Health Science Center Houston

Alex Sweeney

Alex Sweeney, MD
Baylor College of Medicine; Texas Children’s Hospital

Barbara Kelley

Barbara Kelley
Hearing Loss Association of America

Nathan Hurle

Nathan Hurle
Cleveland Clinic

In memory of Nathan Hurle who passionately served the Hearing Health Collaborative.

Nathan D. Hurle, RIP, age 47 of Shaker Hts., OH.  

Nate was born in Wareham, MA in 1974. Nate graduated from Merrimack High School in 1992, then proceeded to earn his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1997.

Nate was a valued caregiver at Cleveland Clinic for over 14 years, where he led a large team of continuous improvement professionals in the work of making things better for patients and caregivers across the healthcare system. His leadership in the field was widely recognized across healthcare and other industries. He changed the lives of thousands of caregivers and millions of patients at the Cleveland Clinic and beyond. We are forever grateful for your wisdom and guidance.

Principals for Transforming Hearing Health


Theory of Change: Outcomes & Impact of treating HL in Adults