Sara K. Mamo

University of Massachusetts Amherst Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders Sara Mamo
Assistant Professor
Communication Disorders Building, Room #201B

Healthy Hearing Lab


B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2003; Au.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2008; Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2014; Postdoctoral Fellowship, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, CCC-A

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Age-related hearing loss, community-based aural rehabilitation, cognitive decline

Research Description: 

My research focuses on improving the accessibility and affordability of hearing health care for older adults with age-related hearing loss. I do intervention-based research to test alternative service delivery models that focus on bringing hearing and communication support into the community and integrate those services into comprehensive health care programs for older adults. In addition, I have a particular interest in the needs of older adults and families living with dementia and providing tailored hearing care services to alleviate symptom burden related to the progression of dementia. My research related to dementia focuses both on how speech perception is impacted by the combination of hearing loss and cognitive decline and how best to address those speech perception needs in group care settings.

Publication List: 

PubMed Search Link

Key Publications: 

Mamo, S.K., Nirmalasari, O., Nieman, C.L., McNabney, M.K., Simpson, A., Oh, E.S., & Lin, F.R. (2017). Hearing care intervention for persons with dementia: a pilot study. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 25(1): 91-101.

Mamo, S.K., Nieman, C.L., Lin, F.R. (2016). Prevalence of untreated hearing loss by income among older adults in the United States. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 27(4): 1810-1816.

Mamo, S.K., Reed, N.S, Nieman, C.L., Oh, E.S, & Lin, F.R. (2015). Personal sound amplifiers for persons with hearing loss: A review. American Journal of Medicine, 129(3): 245-250.

Nirmalasari, O., Mamo, S.K., Nieman, C.L., Simpson, A., Zimmerman, J., Nowrangi, M.A., Lin, F.R., & Oh, E.S. (2017). Age-related hearing loss in older adults with cognitive impairment. International Psychogeriatrics, 29(1): 115-121.

Nieman, C.L., Marrone, N., Mamo, S.K., Betz, J., Choi, J.S., Contrera, K.J., et al. (2016). The Baltimore HEARS pilot study: An affordable, accessible, community-delivered hearing care intervention. The Gerontologist. [Epub ahead of print]