New Johns Hopkins center will explore effects of hearing loss, with focus on older adults

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health today announced the launch of a new research center that will study the effects of hearing loss, particularly among older adults, with the goal of preventing and mitigating the consequences of hearing impairment, including cognitive decline and dementia.

The Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health is being established with a $10 million gift from Cochlear Limited, a developer of hearing implants based in Australia.

The center will be led by Frank Lin, an associate professor of Epidemiology and Mental Health at the Bloomberg School and of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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