"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

Mitchell RM, Christianson E, Ramirez R, Onchiri FM, Horn DL, Pontis L, Miller C, Norton S, Sie KCY. Auditory comprehension outcomes in children who receive a cochlear implant before 12 months of age., Laryngoscope 2019 May

Luquetti DV, Speltz ML, Wallace ER, Siebold B, Collett BR, Drake AF, Johns AL, Kapp-Simon KA, Kinter SL, Leroux BG, Magee L, Norton S, Sie K, Heike CL. Methods and Challenges in a Cohort Study of Infants and Toddlers With Craniofacial Microsomia: The Clock Study., Cleft Palate Craniofac. J. 2019 Aug; 56(7):877-889

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

Bennett MG, Schofield KA, Lee SS, Norton SB. Response of chlorophyll to total nitrogen and total phosphorus concentrations in lotic ecosystems: a systematic review protocol., Environ Evid 2017 ; 6(18):1-13