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Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D.
Frank Robert Lin, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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 ...read more
Research Interests: Hearing loss; Aging; Cognition/Dementia; Brain Aging; Epidemiology; Policy
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Frank R. Lin, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor of Otolaryngology, Medicine, Mental Health, and Epidemiology and director of the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health, a research center based at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Lin completed his medical education, residency in Otolaryngology, and Ph.D. in Clinical Investigation, all at Johns Hopkins. He completed further otologic fellowship training in Lucerne, Switzerland. Dr. Lin's clinical practice is dedicated to otology and the medical and surgical management of hearing loss. His public health research focuses on understanding how hearing loss affects the health and functioning of older adults and the strategies and policies needed to mitigate these effects.
From 2014-2016, Lin led initiatives with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (workshop, consensus study), the White House President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and Congress that resulted in passage of the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 which overturned 40 years of established regulatory precedent in the U.S. This federal law reflects the direct result of his prior research and broader policy work around hearing loss and public health. He currently serves as a member of the Board on Health Sciences Policy at the National Academies. As the director of the Cochlear Center, he oversees over $30 million in committed NIH and philanthropic funding dedicated to advancing the mission areas of the Center.
- Director, Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
- Professor of Medicine
Departments / Divisions
- MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2003)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Otolaryngology (2009)
- American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery / Otolaryngology-General (2010)
Research & Publications
Dr. Lin is the director of the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health that is based in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The mission of the Cochlear Center is to train a generation of researchers and clinicians to study the impact of hearing loss on public health, to develop and test strategies to optimize hearing, and to help implement effective policies for hearing loss at the local, national, and global levels.
Dr. Lin is the director of the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Technology Expertise KeywordsEpidemiology, Clinical Trials, Policy, Hearing Loss, Aging, Cognition, Dementia
Clinical Trial Keywordshearing 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 CBSnews.com (9/30/2018)