"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

Chan J, Najafi A, Baker M, Kinsman J, Mancl LR, Norton S, Bly R, Gollakota S. Performing tympanometry using smartphones., Commun Med (Lond) 2022 ; 257

Collett BR, Wallace ER, Kapp-Simon KA, Johns AL, Drake AF, Heike CL, Kinter S, Luquetti DV, Magee L, Norton S, Sie K, Speltz ML. Cognitive, Motor, and Language Development of Preschool Children With Craniofacial Microsomia., Cleft Palate Craniofac J 2021 09; 58(9):1169-1177

Johns AL, Wallace ER, Collett BR, Kapp-Simon KA, Drake AF, Heike CL, Kinter SL, Luquetti DV, Magee L, Norton S, Sie K, Speltz ML. Behavioral Adjustment of Preschool Children With and Without Craniofacial Microsomia., Cleft Palate Craniofac J 2021 01; 58(1):42-53

Noble AR, Christianson E, Norton SJ, Ou HC, Phillips GS, Khalatbari H, Friedman SD, Horn DL. Reliability of Measuring Insertion Depth in Cochlear Implanted Infants and Children Using Cochlear View Radiography., Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2020 Oct; 163(4):822-828

Pattisapu P, Evans SS, Noble AR, Norton SJ, Ou HC, Sie KCY, Horn DL. Defining Essential Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic., Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2020 07; 163(1):91-93