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Treating age-related hearing loss as a public health issue

Posted June 29, 2018

When President Donald Trump last year signed the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act into law, Frank Lin, MD (Med '03), PhD (SPH '09) felt a special bit of pride. Lin, an associate professor of epidemiology and mental health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the Hopkins School of Medicine, had led a more than eight-year effort to change how the field of public health addresses age-related hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss is thought to contribute to dementia and cognitive decline, among other health problems, and can lead to social isolation and depression among seniors.

This spring, thanks to a gift from Cochlear, Ltd., an Australian company that produces implantable hearing devices, the Bloomberg School launched the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health, through which Lin will continue to advance his work.

Read more about Lin's research and the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health in Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health magazine.