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

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

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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, Implantable Hearing Devices, Otolaryngology, Otology more

Research Interests: How hearing loss impacts the health and functioning of older adults and the role of different treatment modalities (hearing aids, cochlear implantation) in mitigating these effects; Examining the potential causal associations between hearing loss and dementia, cognition, functional decline, social isolation, and health economic costs. more

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Dr. Lin's clinical practice is dedicated to otology and the medical and surgical management of hearing loss. His research is primarily funded by a NIH Career Development Award and is focused on studying the interface between hearing loss and aging. In particular, Dr. Lin has established multiple collaborations with gerontologists, cognitive scientists, epidemiologists, and auditory scientists that form the basis for his current research program studying the impact of hearing loss on the cognitive and physical functioning of older adults and the potential role of aural rehabilitative strategies in mitigating these effects. More can be found on Dr. Lin's research here.

Frank R. Lin, M.D. Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health and also an Associate Professor of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Frank 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 with Prof. Thomas Linder. 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 / Otolaryngology-General (2010)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Lin's research focuses on three basic questions related to hearing loss and aging:

1. What are the consequences of hearing loss for older adults?

2. How can hearing loss be most effectively addressed in the community?

3. What is the impact of treating hearing loss on older adults?


Find out more about Dr. Lin's research into hearing loss and aging.

Lab Website: Lin Research Group

Clinical Trial Keywords

hearing loss

Clinical Trials

Studying Multiple Outcomes after Aural Rehabilitative Treatment (SMART)

Effects of Hearing Loss Treatment on Primary Communication Partners

Selected Publications

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1) Lin FR, Metter EJ, O'Brien RJ, Resnick SM, Zonderman A, Ferrucci L. Hearing loss and incident dementia. Arch Neurol. 2011 Feb;68(2):214-20.

2) Lin FR, Thorpe R, Gordon-Salant S, Ferrucci L. Hearing loss prevalence and risk factors among older adults in the United States. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2011 May;66(5):582-90.

3) Lin FR, Ferrucci L, Metter EJ, An Y, Zonderman AB, Resnick SM. Hearing loss and cognition in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. Neuropsychology. 2011 Nov;25(6):763-70.

4) Lin FR. Hearing loss and cognition among older adults in the United States. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2011 Oct; (66(10): 1131-6.

5) Lin FR, Niparko JK, Ferrucci L. Hearing loss prevalence in the United States. Arch Intern Med. 2011 Nov 14; 171(20): 1851-2.

6) Lin FR, Ferrucci L. Hearing loss and falls among older adults in the United States. Arch Intern Med. 2012. 172(4): 366-7.

7) Lin FR, Maas P, Chien W, Carey JP, Ferrucci L, Thorpe R. Association of skin color, race/ethnicity, and hearing loss among adults in the USA. J Assoc Res Otolaryngol. 2012, Feb; 13(1): 109-17.

8) Chien W, Lin FR. Prevalence of hearing aid use among older adults in the United States. Arch Intern Med, 2012 Feb 13; 172(3):292-3.

9) Clark JH, Wang NY, Riley AW, Carson CM, Meserole RL, Lin FR, Eisenberg LS, Tobey EA, Quittner AL, Francis HW, Niparko JK, The CDaCI Investigative Team. Timing of cochlear implantation and parents global ratings of childrens health and development. Otol Neurotol. 2012 Jun;33(4):545-552.

10) Davalos-Bichara M, Lin FR, Carey JP, Walston JD, Fairman JE, Schubert MC, Barron JS, Hughes J, Millar J, Spar A, Weber KL, Ying HS, Zackowski KM, Zee D, Agrawal Y. Development and validation of a falls grading scale. J Geriatr Phys Ther, 2012 Jul 17.

11) Lin FR. Hearing loss in older adults: who's listening? JAMA. Mar 21 2012;307(11):1147-1148.

12) Lin FR, Chien W, Li L, Niparko JK, Francis HW. Cochlear implantation in older adults. Medicine, 2012 In press.

13) Lin FR. Implications of hearing loss for older adults. Audiol Neurotol. 2012. In press.

14) Lin FR, Yaffe K, Xia J, Xue QL, Harris TB, Purchase-Helzner, E, Satterfield S, Ayonayon HN, Ferrucci L, Simonsick EM. Hearing loss and cognitive decline among older adults. Arch Int Med, 2012, In press.

15) Swenor BK, Ramulu PY, Willis JR, Friedman D, Lin FR. The prevalence of hearing and vision impairment in the United States. Arch Int Med, 2012, In press.

16) Li L, Simonsick EM, Ferrucci L, Lin FR. Hearing loss and gait speed among older adults in the United States. Gait and Posture, 2012. In press.

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

Vision and Hearing Loss Are Tied to Cognitive Decline, New York Times (9/25/2017)

Listen Up: Help for Hearing Loss, WYPR-NPR News Station (8/17/16)

Hearing loss can creep up on you stealthily, with disturbing repercussions, Washington Post (8/14/16)

Depression Symptoms May Improve with Cochlear Implants, Reuters (5/20/2016)

Hearing Aid Prices Under Pressure From Consumer Electronics, The New York Times (4/20/16)

Recorded Seminar: "The Health Risks Linked to Hearing Loss" (March 2016)

A Push for Less Expensive Hearing Aids, The New York Times (03/11/16)

Is Everybody Mumbling? Try A Hearing Test You Take On The Phone, NPR (12/21/2015)

Are You Hearing This? The ASHA Leader (June 2015)

Studies Show Link Between Hearing Loss, Mental Decline, Chicago Tribune (01/16/2015)

From Vertigo to Tinnitus, Ear Ailments Are New Focus for Drug, New York Times (01/09/2015)

Just 1 Rock Concert or Football Game May Cause Permanent Hearing Damage, Scientific American (04/14/2014)

Hearing Loss Leads to Brain Tissue Loss in Older Adults, HealthLine (01/29/2014)

Hearing Loss Tied to Faster Brain Shrinkage With Age, HealthDay (01/28/2014)

Hearing Loss Takes a Health Toll, New York Times (06/12/2013)

Study: Loss of Hearing May Increase Risk of Dementia, CBS "This Morning" (02/14/2013)

People Not Using Hearings Aids Despite Hearing Loss, Baltimore Sun (02/13/2013)

Straining to Hear and Fend Off Dementia, New York Times (02/11/2013)

Why Won’t They Get Hearing Aids? New York Times (04/05/2012)

The Social and Cognitive Importance of Hearing Well (2/11/2016)

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