Frank R. Lin, MD, PhD
I am an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Geriatric Medicine, Mental Health, and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins. My clinical practice is dedicated to the medical and surgical management of otologic conditions, and I study research questions that lie at the interface of hearing loss, gerontology, and public health. Many of my research ideas come from talking to patients in my clinic (e.g., is hearing loss related to cognitive decline?), and in turn, I investigate these ideas in analyses of large epidemiological data sets. Results generated from these analyses then serve as the foundation for the clinical studies and clinical trials that I conduct — thereby bringing this cycle of research back to the patient again where it all started.
Dr. Lin discusses the importance of hearing loss research for Better Hearing and Speech Month (April 2014)