Frank Lin

Frank R. Lin, M.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health and professor of otolaryngology, medicine, mental health, and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. As an otologic surgeon and epidemiologist, Lin has translated his clinical experiences caring for patients with hearing loss into foundational public health research and federal policy in the U.S. His epidemiological research from 2010-2014 established the association of hearing loss with cognitive decline & dementia, and his research served as the direct basis for the 2017 and 2020 Lancet Commission on Dementia conclusion that hearing loss is the leading modifiable risk factor for dementia.

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Hearing Loss For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 08-15-2022

Hearing loss among adults is common. Almost half of all adults over the age of 60 have hearing loss. Understanding and treating hearing loss is important for our emotional, cognitive, and even physical health. In fact, recent research suggests hearing loss is a risk factor for social isolation, loneliness, falls, cognitive decline, and dementia. It’s important to know about hearing loss, the signs of hearing loss, strategies to use to talk to someone with hearing loss, and how to tackle hearing care.

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