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Limb, Charles, J., MD

Charles Limb

MD

Medical Director, Cochlear Implant Program, Otolaryngology

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Clinical Specialties

Otology, neurotology, hearing loss, auditory disorders, surgeries of the temporal bone, cochlear implants

Certifications

Board Certification
  • Otolaryngology

Education

Medical School

Yale University School of Medicine, CT

Fellowship

Johns Hopkins Hospital, MD
(Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery)

Residency

Johns Hopkins Hospital, MD
(Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery)

Internship

Johns Hopkins Hospital, MD

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About Me

Dr. Charles Limb is the chief of the division of otology, neurotology and skull base surgery at UCSF. He is also the director of the UCSF Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center and holds a joint appointment in the department of neurological surgery. Limb's expertise covers the full scope of otology and neurotology, with a focus on the treatment of hearing loss and auditory disorders. He specializes in all surgeries of the temporal bone. His current areas of research focus on the study of the neural basis of musical creativity as well as the study of music perception in deaf individuals with cochlear implants.

Limb is the Francis A. Sooy professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at UCSF. Previously, he was associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and a faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed a residency and fellowship in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Hearing Sciences at Johns Hopkins and a second postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health.

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Jiam NT, Jiradejvong P, Pearl MS, Limb CJ. The Effect of Round Window vs Cochleostomy Surgical Approaches on Cochlear Implant Electrode Position: A Flat-Panel Computed Tomography Study. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 Sep 1; 142(9):873-80.
  2. Jiam NT, Pearl MS, Carver C, Limb CJ. Flat-Panel CT Imaging for Individualized Pitch Mapping in Cochlear Implant Users. Otol Neurotol. 2016 Jul; 37(6):672-9.
  3. He A, Deroche ML, Doong J, Jiradejvong P, Limb CJ. Mandarin Tone Identification in Cochlear Implant Users Using Exaggerated Pitch Contours. Otol Neurotol. 2016 Apr; 37(4):324-31.
  4. Deroche ML, Kulkarni AM, Christensen JA, Limb CJ, Chatterjee M. Deficits in the Sensitivity to Pitch Sweeps by School-Aged Children Wearing Cochlear Implants. Front Neurosci. 2016; 10:73.
  5. Caldwell MT, Jiradejvong P, Limb CJ. Impaired Perception of Sensory Consonance and Dissonance in Cochlear Implant Users. Otol Neurotol. 2016 Mar; 37(3):229-34.
  6. Roy AT, Penninger RT, Pearl MS, Wuerfel W, Jiradejvong P, Carver C, Buechner A, Limb CJ. Deeper Cochlear Implant Electrode Insertion Angle Improves Detection of Musical Sound Quality Deterioration Related to Bass Frequency Removal. Otol Neurotol. 2016 Feb; 37(2):146-51.
  7. McPherson MJ, Barrett FS, Lopez-Gonzalez M, Jiradejvong P, Limb CJ. Emotional Intent Modulates The Neural Substrates Of Creativity: An fMRI Study of Emotionally Targeted Improvisation in Jazz Musicians. Sci Rep. 2016; 6:18460.
  8. Roy AT, Carver C, Jiradejvong P, Limb CJ. Musical Sound Quality in Cochlear Implant Users: A Comparison in Bass Frequency Perception Between Fine Structure Processing and High-Definition Continuous Interleaved Sampling Strategies. Ear Hear. 2015 Sep-Oct; 36(5):582-90.
  9. Roy AT, Vigeant M, Munjal T, Carver C, Jiradejvong P, Limb CJ. Reverberation negatively impacts musical sound quality for cochlear implant users. Cochlear Implants Int. 2015 Sep; 16 Suppl 3:S105-13.
  10. Caldwell M, Rankin SK, Jiradejvong P, Carver C, Limb CJ. Cochlear implant users rely on tempo rather than on pitch information during perception of musical emotion. Cochlear Implants Int. 2015 Sep; 16 Suppl 3:S114-20.
  11. Munjal T, Roy AT, Carver C, Jiradejvong P, Limb CJ. Use of the Phantom Electrode strategy to improve bass frequency perception for music listening in cochlear implant users. Cochlear Implants Int. 2015 Sep; 16 Suppl 3:S121-8.
  12. Chatterjee M, Zion DJ, Deroche ML, Burianek BA, Limb CJ, Goren AP, Kulkarni AM, Christensen JA. Voice emotion recognition by cochlear-implanted children and their normally-hearing peers. Hear Res. 2015 Apr; 322:151-62.
  13. Deroche ML, Lu HP, Limb CJ, Lin YS, Chatterjee M. Deficits in the pitch sensitivity of cochlear-implanted children speaking English or Mandarin. Front Neurosci. 2014; 8:282.
  14. Rankin SK, Limb CJ. Auditory-motor synchronization with temporally fluctuating sequences is dependent on fractal structure but not musical expertise. Front Psychol. 2014; 5:970.
  15. Deroche ML, Culling JF, Chatterjee M, Limb CJ. Roles of the target and masker fundamental frequencies in voice segregation. J Acoust Soc Am. 2014 Sep; 136(3):1225.
  16. McPherson MJ, Lopez-Gonzalez M, Rankin SK, Limb CJ. The role of emotion in musical improvisation: an analysis of structural features. PLoS One. 2014; 9(8):e105144.
  17. Roy AT, Scattergood-Keepper L, Carver C, Jiradejvong P, Butler C, Limb CJ. Evaluation of a Test Battery to Assess Perception of Music in Children With Cochlear Implants. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Jun; 140(6):540-7.
  18. Deroche ML, Culling JF, Chatterjee M, Limb CJ. Speech recognition against harmonic and inharmonic complexes: spectral dips and periodicity. J Acoust Soc Am. 2014 May; 135(5):2873-84.
  19. Penninger RT, Kludt E, Limb CJ, Leman M, Dhooge I, Buechner A. Perception of polyphony with cochlear implants for 2 and 3 simultaneous pitches. Otol Neurotol. 2014 Mar; 35(3):431-6.
  20. Donnay GF, Rankin SK, Lopez-Gonzalez M, Jiradejvong P, Limb CJ. Neural substrates of interactive musical improvisation: an FMRI study of 'trading fours' in jazz. PLoS One. 2014; 9(2):e88665.