History of the center
The Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health is based in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is closely affiliated and co-located with both the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health and the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research. The Center was launched in 2018 with more than $20 million in existing grant funding from the National Institutes of Health focused on Center-mission areas, a $10 million gift from Cochlear Ltd. and other philanthropic funding. The Center draws on the expertise of faculty members and trainees from a broad array of disciplines in order to advance the mission areas of the Center, in the U.S. and globally.
The Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health officially launches at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Cochlear Ltd. expresses interest in collaborating with Frank Lin and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to establish a first-in-kind Center dedicated to understanding and addressing the impact of hearing loss on older adults around the world.
Findings from the Institute of Medicine serve as the impetus for subsequent initiatives from the White House President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the National Academies Consensus Study on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Care for Adults. Findings from these blue-ribbon national advisory panels directly inform current research programmatic areas at the Cochlear Center.
Center Director Frank Lin co-chairs the Institute of Medicine Workshop on Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging which introduces the concept that hearing loss in older adults has broader implications for public health. These concepts now serve as the foundation of the Cochlear Center’s mission areas.
Cross-disciplinary epidemiological studies led by current Center faculty demonstrate the impact of hearing loss, including on the risk of dementia, hospitalization and the costs of health care