Charles J. Limb

Charles Limb, M.D.,  is an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, where he specializes in neurotology and skull base surgery. He is also a faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and director of research of the Neuroeducation Initiative at the School of Education. Throughout his career, Dr. Limb has combined his interests in auditory science, clinical treatment of hearing loss, and complex sound perception, especially music. He received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and his medical training at Yale University School of Medicine, followed by surgical residency and fellowship in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Hearing Sciences at Johns Hopkins with Dr. David Ryugo, studying the development of the auditory brainstem, and a second postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health with Dr. Allen Braun, studying neural mechanisms of music production and perception using functional neuroimaging methods. While at the NIH, Dr. Limb completed a study of jazz improvisation that revealed important new findings regarding patterns of brain activity that underlie spontaneous musical creativity. His current areas of research focus on the study of the neural basis of creativity (in various musical and other art forms) as well as the study of music perception in deaf individuals with cochlear implants. In particular, he is interested in factors that encourage or disrupt creative flow. He is the editor-in-chief of Trends in Amplification, the only journal explicitly focused on auditory amplification devices and hearing aids. He is on the editorial board of the journals Otology and Neurotology as well as Music and Medicine. His work has been featured by National Public Radio, TED, National Geographic, the New York Times, PBS, CNN, Scientific American, the British Broadcasting Company, the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, Canadian Broadcasting Company, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the American Museum of Natural History.