Sara K. Mamo

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


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. & Helfer, K.S. (2021). Speech understanding in modulated noise and speech maskers as a function of cognitive status in older adults. American Journal of Audiology, 30(3): 642-654.

Mamo, S.K. & Wheeler, K.A. (2021). The combined burden of hearing loss and cognitive impairment in a group care setting for older adults. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 64(2): 328-336.

Mamo, S.K., Reed, N.S., McNabney, M.K., Rund, J., Oh, E.S., & Lin, F.R. (2019). Age-related hearing loss and the listening environment: Communication challenges in a group care setting for older adults. Annals of Long-Term Care, 27(11): e8-e13.

Mamo, S.K., Reed, N.S., Sharrett, A.R., Albert, M.S., Coresh, J., Mosley, T.H., Knopman, D., Lin, F.R., & Deal, J.A. (2019). Relationship between domain-specific cognitive function and speech-in-noise performance in older adults: ARIC Hearing Pilot Study. American Journal of Audiology, 28(4): 1006-1014.

Mamo, S.K., Oh, E.S., Price, C., Reed, N.S., Pletnikova, A., Occhipinti, D., & Lin, F.R. (2018). Hearing loss treatment in older adults with cognitive impairment: A systematic review. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 61, 2589-2603.