Frank R. Lin, M.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Geriatric Medicine, Mental Health, and Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and 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 epidemiologic research focuses on how hearing loss impacts the health and functioning of older adults and the role of hearing rehabilitative strategies in potentially mitigating these effects. In particular, his research group has demonstrated that hearing loss in older adults is strongly and independently associated with the risk of cognitive decline, incident dementia, impairments in physical functioning and mobility, and greater health care resource utilization in multiple epidemiologic studies. He collaborates extensively with researchers across multiple fields including gerontology, cognitive neuroscience, audiology, and epidemiology, and he has collaborative working relationships with individuals in industry, government, and non-profit advocacy organizations.
In January 2014, he co-chaired for the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council a two-day workshop on hearing loss and healthy aging in Washington DC. His research has been extensively covered in the media including the New York Times and the BBC, and he has appeared on CBS This Morning and the Charlie Rose show. Dr. Lin was appointed to the HLAA Board of Trustees in May 2014.