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Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D.

Frank Robert Lin, M.D., Ph.D.

4.8 out of 5
43 Ratings
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Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


Expertise: Bone Anchored Hearing Devices, Cochlear Implantation, Ear Surgery, Hearing Aids, Hearing Disorders, Hearing Loss, Implantable Hearing Devices, Otolaryngology, Otology more

Research Interests: Hearing loss; Aging; Cognition/Dementia; Brain Aging; Epidemiology; Policy

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Frank R. Lin, M.D. Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Medicine (Geriatrics) in the School of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Mental Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Lin completed his medical education, residency in Otolaryngology, and Ph.D., all at Johns Hopkins. He completed further otologic fellowship training in Lucerne, Switzerland with Prof. Thomas Linder. Dr. Lin's clinical practice is dedicated to otology and the medical and surgical management of hearing loss. His research is focused on studying the interface between hearing loss and aging, and he is the Director of the Cochelar Center for Hearing and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. more


  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Medicine

Centers & Institutes



  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2003)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Otolaryngology (2009)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery / Otolaryngology-General (2010)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Frank R. Lin, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health and an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-HNS, Geriatric Medicine, Mental Health, and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins.

The Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health is dedicated to studying the impact of hearing loss in older adults on public health. Its purpose is twofold - 1) to develop and test strategies to mitigate these effects, and 2) to work on behalf of the adoption and implementation of policies at the local, national, and global levels to address hearing loss.

Dr. Lin is trained as an otologist with medical and surgical expertise in the management of hearing loss while his epidemiologic research focuses on the impact of hearing loss on the health and functioning of older adults and the role of treatment strategies in potentially mitigating these effects. 

Dr. Lin has advised the White House and has co-chaired or served as a member on several National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine committees related to hearing loss and public health. In 2017, his research, testimony, and broader advocacy efforts led to the passage of the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act in the United States, and this federal law reflects the direct results of his prior research and work with the White House and the National Academies. 


Dr. Lin is the director of the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Clinical Trial Keywords

hearing loss

Videos & Media

Adult Cochlear Implant, Carol's Story

(Open Captioned) After becoming withdrawn due to losing her hearing later in life, Carol had cochlear implant surgery by Dr. Frank Lin with the Johns Hopkins Listening Center. Watch how Carol's life has been transformed.

Better Hearing and Speech Month, Hearing Loss

Johns Hopkins cochlear implant surgeon, Dr. Frank Lin, discusses how 1 in 5 Americans have hearing loss, and how Hopkins research is showing hearing loss' cascading effects on our overall ability in our daily lives.

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Listen to seniors: Hearing aids vital to health, Washington Times (6/26/2016)

Hearing aids: You ain't heard nothing yet (9/30/2018)

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