Johan H.M. Frijns (1961) was born in The Hague. In 1983 he completed obtained the Masters degree in Applied Physics (Hons.) in Delft with a thesis entitled Development of non-periodic stimuli for and investigation of the Binaural Edge Pitch. In 1986 he obtained the Masters degree (Hons.) in Medicine at the Leiden University, where he passed the Artsexamen (Hons.) in 1988. Between 1989 and 1994 he trained in Leiden to become an ENT-specialist and continued his affiliation to this clinic as a staff member. In 1995 he completed his PhD thesis (Hons.), entitled Cochlear Implants – A Modelling Approach, for which he was awarded several prizes. Clinically he sub-specialised in (neuro-)otology, while his research focuses on implantable audiotory prostheses. In 2005 he became professor in Otology and Auditory Physics. From 2005 to 2010 he was Chairman of the ENT-department of LUMC. Since 2006 he holds the ordinary Chair of Otorhinolaryngology. At present he is director of the Centre for Audiology and Hearing Implants at LUMC.