The Department of Otolaryngology has outreach programs that are based regionally and internationally. The Marion Downs Hearing Center interacts with the deaf and hard-of-hearing community to foster understanding and education of the issues in deafness and hard of hearing. Programs are conducted in conjunction with the Hands and Voices organization that act as a support group for patients and families with hearing loss. The Teen Program is aimed at taking the teenager from the school age into young adult, promoting independence and self-reliance.
The Center is part of Hearing International, a public charity under the auspices of International Society of Audiology (ISA) and International Federation of Otolaryngology Societies (IFOS), whose primary mission is to foster hearing health in developing countries. Center members participate in international conferences on the needs of the developing world in improving its hearing health, as well as workshop and hands-on courses to teach in-depth principles and techniques in medicine and surgery of the ear and in newborn early identification and intervention in hearing loss.