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Frank R. Lin, MD

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MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine


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, Geriatric Medicine, Mental Health, and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins. 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. 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.

Dr. Lin's work on the impact of hearing loss on dementia and on federal policies around hearing loss has been frequently covered in the media including by the New York Times, BBC, and the Charlie Rose show. From 2014-2016, Dr. Lin helped lead initiatives with the National Academies, White House, and Congress focused on hearing loss, aging, and public health which resulted in passage of the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 that overturned 40 years of established regulatory precedent in the U.S. This federal law reflects the direct results of his prior research and broader policy work around hearing loss and public health. As the Director of the Cochlear Center, he oversees nearly $30M in NIH and philanthropic funding dedicated to advancing the mission areas of the Center that are focused on understanding the impact of hearing loss on public health, developing and testing strategies to mitigate these effects, and helping implement national and global policies to address hearing loss.

  • Hearing
  • Hearing loss
  • Hearing impairment
  • Aging
  • Older Adults
  • Epidemiology
  • Policy
  • Dementia
  • Cognitive decline
  • Brain aging
  • Hearing aids