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Charles Limb, M.D.

Charles J Limb, M.D.
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


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  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

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601 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-502-4269
Fax: 410-614-9444


Acoustic Neuromas, Cholesteatoma, Cochlear Implantation, Ear Surgery, Hearing Aids, Hearing Disorders, Hearing Restoration, Implantable Hearing Devices, Music Perception, Otolaryngology, Otology, Skull Base Disorders, Vertigo

Research Interests

Music perception; Functional neuroimaging; Neuroscience of music; Cochlear implant mediated sound perception


Dr. Charles Limb is an Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, where he specializes in neurotology and skull base surgery. He is also a Faculty Member at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and School of Education of Johns Hopkins University. Throughout his career, he has combined his interests in auditory science, clinical treatment of hearing loss and complex sound perception, especially music.

He received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and his medical training at Yale University School of Medicine, followed by surgical residency and fellowship in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Hearing Sciences at Johns Hopkins with Dr. David Ryugo studying the development of the auditory brainstem, and a second postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health studying neural mechanisms of musical improvisation, and production and perception of music using functional neuroimaging methods.

His current areas of clinical care focus on the treatment of hearing loss and auditory disorders. In particular, he specializes in all surgery of the temporal bone, with particular expertise in acoustic neuroma surgery, cochlear implant surgery, implantable hearing aids, stapes surgery, cholesteatoma surgery, and cancers of the ear.

His current areas of research focus on the study of the neural basis of creativity (in various musical and other art forms) as well as the study of music perception in deaf individuals with cochlear implants. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Trends in Amplification, the only journal explicitly focused on auditory amplification devices and hearing aids, and an Editorial Board member of the journals Otology and Neurotology and Music and Medicine.

His work has been featured by National Public Radio, TED, National Geographic, the New York Times, PBS, CNN, Scientific American, the British Broadcasting Company, the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, Canadian Broadcasting Company, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the American Museum of Natural History. more

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  • Education +


    • Yale University School of Medicine / M.D. (1996)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Otolaryngology (1999)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Otolaryngology (2003)


    • American Board of Otolaryngology / Neurotology (2011)
    • American Board of Otolaryngology / Otolaryngology-General (2004, 2014)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications

    Limb CJ, Kemeny S, Ortigoza EB, Rouhani S, Braun AR (2006). Left hemispheric lateralization of brain activity during passive rhythm perception in musicians. Anat Rec 288A(4):382-389.

    Limb CJ (2006). Structural and functional neural correlates of music perception. Anat Rec 288A(4):435-446.

    Limb C., Francis HW, Lustig LR, Niparko JK, and Jammal, H. (2005). Benign positional vertigo after cochlear implantation. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 132(5):741-5.

    Niparko, J.K., Mertes J., and Limb, C.J. (2005) Cochlear implants: therapy, outcomes, and education. In: OtolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery, 4th ed. Cummings C.W. et al., eds. Philadelphia: Mosby, Inc.

    Limb, C.J., Long, D.M., and Niparko, J.K. (2005) Acoustic neuroma after failed radiation therapy: challenges of surgical salvage. Laryngoscope 115(1):93-98.

    Limb, C.J. and J.K. Niparko (2005). The acute facial palsies. In: Neurotology, 2nd ed. Jackler and Brackmann, eds. Philadelphia: Mosby, Inc., pp.1230-1257.

    Limb, C.J. and J.K. Niparko. The acute facial palsies. In: Neurotology, Jackler and Brackmann eds. In press.
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  • Videos & Media +


    Ted Talk: Building the Musical Muscle

    Ted Talk: Your Brain on Improv

    Lectures and Presentations


    Recent News Articles & Media Coverage

    • It's never too late to learn something new or get creative, Baltimore Sun (01/29/2015)
    • What Does A Creative Brain Look Like? NPR (10/3/2014)
    • Your Brain on Jazz, Science Friday (02/28/2014)
    • Brain Imaging Shows the Language of Music, Live Science (02/19/2014)
    • How Brains See Music as Language, The Atlantic (02/19/2014)
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