Corresponding Author

Matthew L. Bush, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS

Author Affiliations

Matthew L. Bush, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS

UK College of Medicine Endowed Chair in Rural Health Policy

Professor and Vice Chair for Research

Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

University of Kentucky Medical Center


Hearing loss is a global public health issue with disproportionate negative impacts on those who live in rural regions, such as Appalachia. This commentary provides an overview of hearing health and healthcare disparities in rural regions along with discussion of the significance of recent research findings which highlight the incidence of hearing loss and the shortage of hearing specialists in Appalachia.



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Bush M. Hearing Health Healthcare Disparities in Appalachia. J Appalach Health 2021;3(4):5–10. DOI: https://doi.org/10.13023/jah.0304.02