Janet Choi, MD

Assistant Professor Of Clinical Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

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Janet S. Choi, MD, MPH, is a board-certified otolaryngology-head and neck surgeon and a fellowship-trained otologist/neurotologist at Keck Medicine of USC, who specializes in treating ear-related disorders. Her clinical interests include chronic ear disease, cholesteatoma, cochlear implantation, perforated tympanic membrane, otosclerosis, vestibular disorders and lateral skull base tumors, such as acoustic neuromas/vestibular schwannomas and meningiomas.

Dr. Choi’s research interests center on addressing stigma associated with hearing loss and hearing device use and improving the utilization of hearing healthcare. She has authored more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. She is regularly invited to present at national and international conferences. Her research projects include population-based studies examining the impact of hearing loss and its treatment on health outcomes, as well as the development of Artificial Intelligence-driven solutions aimed at facilitating access to hearing care.

Dr. Choi graduated with Honors from University of California San Diego, and earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at University of Southern California and her fellowship in otology, neurotology, and lateral skull base surgery at University of Minnesota.


  • Cerumen impaction: Prevalence and associated factors in the United States population Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol. 2024 Apr; 9(2):e1228. . View in PubMed
  • New Paradigm of Music Listening: Hearing Protection Perceptions and Treatment Decision-Making Among Music Venue Attendees Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2024 Mar; 170(3):776-787. . View in PubMed
  • Association of Symptomatic Dizziness With All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2024 Mar 01; 150(3):257-264. . View in PubMed
  • Pathogenic Potential of Turicella otitidis and Staphylococcus auricularis: A Case Report Ear Nose Throat J. 2024 Feb 22; 1455613241230245. . View in PubMed
  • Association between hearing aid use and mortality in adults with hearing loss in the USA: a mortality follow-up study of a cross-sectional cohort Lancet Healthy Longev. 2024 Jan; 5(1):e66-e75. . View in PubMed
  • Trends in Management of Ménière Disease: A TriNetX Network Database Analysis OTO Open. 2024 Jan-Mar; 8(1):e123. . View in PubMed
  • Association of Sleep Characteristics with Tinnitus and Hearing Loss OTO Open. 2024 Jan-Mar; 8(1):e117. . View in PubMed
  • Magnetic Resonancy Imaging Safety in Active Osseointegrated (Osia®) and Cochlear Implants: New Technology Creating Confusion Laryngoscope. 2024 Jan; 134(1):393-396. . View in PubMed
  • Cochlear implantation in Waardenburg syndrome: Systematic review and meta-analysis Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2023 Dec; 175:111738. . View in PubMed
  • Telemedicine in an Otolaryngology Clinic Serving the Incarcerated Population Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2023 Nov; 132(11):1321-1329. . View in PubMed
  • Guiding Patients Through Decision-Making in Management of Sporadic Vestibular Schwannoma Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2023 Jun; 56(3):459-469. . View in PubMed
  • Machine Learning Analysis of Physical Activity Data to Classify Postural Dysfunction Laryngoscope. 2023 12; 133(12):3529-3533. . View in PubMed
  • Machine Learning Prediction of Objective Hearing Loss With Demographics, Clinical Factors, and Subjective Hearing Status Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2023 09; 169(3):504-513. . View in PubMed
  • Twitter Perspectives on Cochlear Implantation: Sentiment and Thematic Analysis Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2023 09; 169(3):642-650. . View in PubMed
  • Formula Otorrhea in Pediatric Patients With Cleft Palate Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2023 08; 60(8):1029-1031. . View in PubMed
  • Neurotology Workforce in the United States: Gender Diversity and Geographic Distribution Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2023 06; 168(6):1477-1484. . View in PubMed
  • Association between Cannabis Use and Tinnitus in US Adults Otol Neurotol. 2023 07 01; 44(6):611-618. . View in PubMed
  • Performance of Smartphone Automated Audiogram Image Recognition for Personalized Sound Amplification JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2023 03 01; 149(3):282-284. . View in PubMed
  • Human papillomavirus detection in oral rinses and history of tonsillectomy in US. adults. Am J Otolaryngol. 2022 Nov-Dec; 43(6):103558. . View in PubMed
  • Physician satisfaction with telemedicine and in-person visits in otolaryngology Am J Otolaryngol. 2022 Sep-Oct; 43(5):103596. . View in PubMed
  • Provider and Patient Satisfaction with Telemedicine Voice Therapy During the COVID-19 Pandemic J Voice. 2022 Jul 18. . View in PubMed
  • Telemedicine in Otolaryngology During COVID-19: Patient and Physician Satisfaction Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022 07; 167(1):56-64. . View in PubMed
  • Utility of Telemedicine for Diagnosis and Management of Laryngology-Related Complaints during COVID-19 Laryngoscope. 2022 04; 132(4):831-837. . View in PubMed
  • Discordance Between Subjective and Objective Measures of Smell and Taste in US Adults Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022 03; 166(3):572-579. . View in PubMed
  • Cochlear Implants for Deaf Children With Early Developmental Impairment Pediatrics. 2022 06 01; 149(6). . View in PubMed
  • Trends in Hearing Protection Use With Occupational Noise Exposure in the United States 1999 to 2016 Otol Neurotol. 2022 01 01; 43(1):e14-e22. . View in PubMed
  • Association of Hearing Test History With Awareness of Hearing Loss and Hearing Aid Use in Older Adults JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022 09 01; 148(9):886-888. . View in PubMed
  • Cochlear Implantation in a Child With Recurrent Meningitis Due to a Congenital Stapedial Footplate Defect Ear Nose Throat J. 2021 Jul; 100(6):NP308-NP309. . View in PubMed
  • Factors Associated With Unilateral Hearing Loss and Impact on Communication in US Adults Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021 12; 165(6):868-875. . View in PubMed
  • Smell and Taste Impairment in a Nationwide Sample of US Adults With Chronic Rhinosinusitis Symptoms OTO Open. 2021 Jan-Mar; 5(1):2473974X20986756. . View in PubMed
  • Association Between Olfactory Dysfunction and Mortality in US Adults JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021 01 01; 147(1):49-55. . View in PubMed
  • Prevalence of oral human papillomavirus infections by race in the United States: An association with sexual behavior Oral Dis. 2020 Jul; 26(5):930-940. . View in PubMed
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery-Based Perioperative Protocol for Head and Neck Free Flap Reconstruction OTO Open. 2020 Apr-Jun; 4(2):2473974X20931037. . View in PubMed
  • Comparison of Referral Pathways in Otolaryngology at a Public Versus Private Academic Center Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2020 Apr; 129(4):369-375. . View in PubMed
  • Prevalence of Tinnitus and Associated Factors Among Asian Americans: Results From a National Sample Laryngoscope. 2020 12; 130(12):E933-E940. . View in PubMed
  • Temporal Bone Histopathology Case of the Month: Small Cell Neuroendocrine Carcinoma of the External Auditory Canal and Middle Ear Otol Neurotol. 2020 12; 41(10):e1279-e1281. . View in PubMed
  • Flexible versus rigid laryngoscopy: A randomized crossover study comparing patient experience Laryngoscope. 2020 11; 130(11):2663-2666. . View in PubMed
  • Lateral Vocal Fold Fullness in a Patient With Heavy Voice Use JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020 08 01; 146(8):760-761. . View in PubMed
  • Factors Affecting Cognition and Depression in Adult Patients with Epilepsy J Epilepsy Res. 2019 Dec; 9(2):103-110. . View in PubMed
  • Association of Race/Ethnicity, Stage, and Survival in Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma: A SEER Study OTO Open. 2019 Oct-Dec; 3(4):2473974X19891126. . View in PubMed
  • Cultural Adaptation of a Community-Based Hearing Health Intervention for Korean American Older Adults with Hearing Loss J Cross Cult Gerontol. 2019 Sep; 34(3):223-243. . View in PubMed
  • Association of alterations in smell and taste with depression in older adults Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol. 2018 Apr; 3(2):94-99. . View in PubMed
  • Understanding Hearing Loss and Barriers to Hearing Health Care Among Korean American Older Adults: A Focus Group Study J Appl Gerontol. 2018 11; 37(11):1344-1367. . View in PubMed
  • Olfactory dysfunction and cognition among older adults in the United States Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2018 05; 8(5):648-654. . View in PubMed
  • Prevalence of Hearing Loss and Hearing Care Use Among Asian Americans: A Nationally Representative Sample Otol Neurotol. 2018 02; 39(2):158-167. . View in PubMed
  • Recognizing malleus fracture in a woman with a head injury after a fall Ear Nose Throat J. 2017 Aug; 96(8):E31-E32. . View in PubMed
  • Association of Hearing Impairment and Anxiety in Older Adults J Aging Health. 2017 Feb; 29(1):172-184. . View in PubMed
  • Structured clinical documentation in the electronic medical record to improve quality and to support practice-based research in epilepsy Epilepsia. 2017 01; 58(1):68-76. . View in PubMed
  • The Baltimore HEARS Pilot Study: An Affordable, Accessible, Community-Delivered Hearing Care Intervention Gerontologist. 2017 11 10; 57(6):1173-1186. . View in PubMed
  • Association of Hearing Impairment and Emotional Vitality in Older Adults J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2016 May; 71(3):400-4. . View in PubMed
  • Effects of Community-Based Health Worker Interventions to Improve Chronic Disease Management and Care Among Vulnerable Populations: A Systematic Review Am J Public Health. 2016 Apr; 106(4):e3-e28. . View in PubMed
  • Quality of life after intervention with a cochlear implant or hearing aid Laryngoscope. 2016 09; 126(9):2110-5. . View in PubMed
  • Refractory Otitis Media and Sinonasal Disease in a Child Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2016 09; 55(10):993-6. . View in PubMed
  • A Comparison of Self-Report and Audiometric Measures of Hearing and Their Associations With Functional Outcomes in Older Adults J Aging Health. 2016 08; 28(5):890-910. . View in PubMed
  • Association of Using Hearing Aids or Cochlear Implants With Changes in Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 07 01; 142(7):652-7. . View in PubMed
  • Long-term use of cochlear implants in older adults: results from a large consecutive case series Otol Neurotol. 2014 Jun; 35(5):815-20. . View in PubMed
  • Rates of long-term cochlear implant use in children Otol Neurotol. 2014 Mar; 35(3):426-30. . View in PubMed