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Scientific American - April 14, 2014

Just 1 Rock Concert or Football Game May Cause Permanent Hearing Damage

Dr. Frank Lin and researcher Paul Fuchs discuss recent research that indicates a single exposure to loud but not deafening noise may be enough to precipitate irreparable harm to nerves in the auditory system.


The Atlantic - February 19, 2014

How Brains See Music as Language

Charles Limb, M.D., an otolaryngological surgeon at Johns Hopkins and musician decided to map what was happening in the brains of musicians as they played.

He and a team of researchers conducted a study that involved putting a musician in a functional MRI machine with a keyboard, and having him play a memorized piece of music and then a made-up piece of music as part of an improvisation with another musician in a control room.


Health Line - January 29, 2014

Hearing Loss Leads to Brain Loss in Older Adults

Hearing loss isn't just an inconvenience-it could be harmful for your brain, too.

A new study from Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute on Aging shows that people with hearing loss have accelerated brain tissue loss. This is in addition to a higher risk of poor physical and mental health, dementia, falls, and hospitalizations.


Baltimore Sun - January 17, 2014

A thyroidectomy that leaves no scar

Doctors at Johns Hopkins recently began offering a "facelift" style procedure that hides evidence of a thyroidectomy done behind her ear and under her hair.

The surgery employs a robot arm to remove the thyroid through a tunnel made from the side of the neck. It was developed a few years ago, is offered at fewer than half a dozen hospitals and is still used sparingly. It expands on the work of a South Korean doctor who began removing thyroids through the armpit on women who refused to have a two- or three-inch scar on their necks.


Cleveland Plain Dealer - December 9, 2013

Conference focuses on cancer health disparities in minority and underserved patient populations

A team of researchers led by Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery researcher Rafael Guerrero-Preston offered an analysis of the genetic and epigenetic origins of the most common types of head and neck cancer, believed to be the first and most in-depth analysis of that kind based on race.


Baltimore Sun - November 3, 2013

Linda's Journey: From Cancer to Nasal Reconstruction

GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING: See how Dr. Patrick Byrne, over multiple years, built a new nose for Linda Hershey after her bout with squamous cell cancer in 2007.


Charlie Rose Show - October 16, 2013

Brain Series: Hearing

Dr. Frank Lin is a gues on the Charlie Rose Show to discuss cochlear implants and his research on hearing loss and its link to dementia in older adults.


ABC News - September 25, 2013

Doctors Grow Nose on Man's Forehead

Dr. Patrick Byrne, the director of Facial Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, said forehead skin is used to help reform noses because it is the closest match to skin on the nose. However, usually the nose is reformed during surgery instead of on a patient's forehead.


Reuters - August 1, 2013

Many Teens Have Permanent Ringing in the Ears

One in five high schoolers has permanent ringing in the ears, and few take measures to protect their ears from loud music, according to a new study. "Tinnitus on its own can be very troublesome and have dramatic effects on individuals," said hearing researcher Dr. Josef Shargorodsky, a fellow at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore. "Many of the teens in this study likely also have associated hearing loss, which really exacerbates the problem."


Toledo Blade - July 22, 2013

Hearing Issues Have Baby Boomers at a Loss

Although people with hearing difficulties may be uncomfortable socially, the affects are more widespread. According to the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, some research suggests hearing loss may increase the risk of falling. Moreover, a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine finding reveals that the loss may add to decreasing mental abilities.


Baltimore Style Magazine - July 18, 2013

The Body and the Brain

The reason cosmetic surgery is so effective at making people feel better, Dr. Patrick Byrne believes, is that it typically moves people closer to the universal ideal of beauty, particularly the youth part of that ideal. "Given the evolutionary pressure, which is particularly strong for the face, wanting to look younger is predictable," he says-especially for women, who undergo 87 percent of cosmetic surgery procedures and 92 percent of "minimally invasive" cosmetic procedures like injections and laser resurfacing, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery - July 15, 2013

Cochlear Implant Gives Grandmother a New Lease on Life

"I can hear my grandchildren, you know, that's what makes the world go round," Carol Rudy said after receiving a cochlear implant at the age of 72. "I missed so much. It's such a shame I didn't do this before. I think it's the best thing that ever happened to me. Even if I only had a couple of months to live, it would be worth it. We don't know how long we're going to be on earth, but it sure is nice being able to hear while we're here."


NPR - July 2, 2013

To Make Hearing Aids Affordable, Firm Turns on Bluetooth

"You can get it mailed to you, you put it in your ear, you program it yourself with your Android phone, and it's going to be decent," Dr. Frank Lin says. "Never as good as the gold standard, of course, but a whole lot better than nothing."

Lin's research shows the hearing loss is not just an irritant - it's a serious public health problem. That's because hearing loss increases the likelihood of declining physical, emotional and mental health.


New York Times - June 12, 2013

Hearing Loss Takes a Health Toll

Hearing loss in older adults increases the risk for hospitalization and poor health, a new study by Dr. Frank Lin has found, even taking into account other risk factors.


Huffington Post - June 6, 2013

The Role of HPV with Head and Neck Cancer

The Huffington Post interviewed Dr. Sara Pai about the relationship between HPV and Head and Neck Cancer. The story includes links to a series of videos with Dr. Pai.


Associated Press - June 3, 2013

HPV a Growing Cause of Upper Throat Cancer

A small study in Baltimore found men accounted for about 85 percent of recent HPV-related oral cancers, said Dr. Sara Pai, a Johns Hopkins University researcher.


CNN - May 24, 2013

Treating Hair Loss in Men

CNN follows Dr. Lisa Ishii and a patient through the process of treating hair loss through a hair transplant procedure.


Baltimore Sun - April 27, 2013

The Science and Suffering of Hearing Loss

Katherine Bouton, a former New York Times journalist, recently published a well-acclaimed book on her experiences being a journalist and having hearing loss. She discusses several research discoveries made at Johns Hopkins including Dr. Frank Lin's research on the connection between hearing loss in the elderly and dementia.

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