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Frank Lin, MD

  • Assistant Professor

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MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine


Read more about my research group here.

My research focuses on 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. In particular, I am interested in exploring how hearing loss may be mechanistically associated with cognition, dementia, functional decline, and social isolation. For my epidemiologic studies, I primarily study data from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, the HealthABC study, and the National Health and Nutritional Examination Surveys.

In an analogous area of research, I also conduct both observational and interventional clinical studies of hearing loss treatment in older adults. In the Studying Multiple Outcomes after Aural Rehabilitative Treatment (SMART) study, we are actively recruiting patients being fitted for hearing aids or obtaining cochlear implants into a longitudinal study to observe the effect of hearing loss treatment on neurocognitive and functional outcomes. I am also currently the Co-PI of a Phase 1b clinical trial of a pharmacologic drug that could potentially improve hearing ability on a daily basis. Finally, I am now in the process of planning the SMART 2 pilot study which will develop and operationalize a community-based multilevel/multimodal intervention for hearing loss.

Much of my research is conducted in collaboration with aging researchers and established centers for clinical and aging research such as the Longitudinal Studies Section of the National Institute on Aging, the Johns Hopkins Center for Aging and Health, and the Johns Hopkins Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology.

  • hearing loss, cognition, dementia, older adults, otolaryngology
  • Lin FR. Hearing loss in older adults – who’s listening. JAMA, 2012 In press

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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