All children deserve the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential.


Susan Norton, Ph.D., CCC-A, joined the University of Washington faculty in 1991. She is a professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery and an adjunct professor in the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences. Dr. Norton is the chief of Audiology Programs & Research at Seattle Children's Hospital. She earned her Ph.D. in Hearing Science from the University of Washington and completed an NIH post-doctoral fellowship at Boys Town National Research Hospital. Her passion is early diagnosis and intervention for children with hearing loss.


Undergraduate Education: University of Denver, Denver, Colo., 1971

Graduate Education: University of Washington, 1982

Fellowship: Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, Neb., 1984

Memberships: American Academy of Audiology, American Auditory Society, Association for Research in Otolarngology, Cochlear Implant Alliance, Acoustical Society of America

Awards and honors 

2008: Outstanding Alumnus, University of Washington Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences

Academic interests 


Pediatric cochlear implants, pediatric audiology



Pediatric hearing loss


Recent Publications

Walker B, Norton S, Phillips G, Christianson E, Horn D, Ou H. Comparison of MRI in pediatric cochlear implant recipients with and without retained magnet., Int. J. Pediatr. Otorhinolaryngol. 2018 Jun; 10944-49

Meredith MA, Rubinstein JT, Sie KCY, Norton SJ. Cochlear Implantation in Children with Postlingual Progressive Steeply Sloping High-Frequency Hearing Loss., J Am Acad Audiol ; 28(10):913-919

Mitchell RM, Saltzman BS, Norton SJ, Harrison RG, Heike CL, Luquetti DV, Sie KCY. Hearing Loss in Children With Craniofacial Microsomia., Cleft Palate Craniofac. J. 2017 11; 54(6):656-663

Field LJ, Norton SB. Regional models for sediment toxicity assessment., Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 2014 Mar; 33(3):708-17

McCormick PJ, Schoene MJ, Dehmler MA, Kaiser JJ, Norton SE, Pizon A, Fornalik MA. Evaluation of a rapid microbiological method with a mixed culture biofilm model., PDA J Pharm Sci Technol ; 67(5):512-32