Jonathan J. Suen, AuD, PhD

Research Associate

Core Faculty

Jonathan J. Suen, AuD


Jonathan J. Suen, PhD, AuD, is a Research Associate at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is an interdisciplinary audiologist and gerontologist interested in promoting hearing health, healthy aging, and health equity in older populations. He has additional interests in addressing loneliness, social connections, and public health strategies leveraging age-tech. 

Suen’s role as core faculty at the Cochlear Center includes advancing community-based programs for increasing the accessibility of hearing care. He holds a clinical doctorate in audiology from Gallaudet University and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health where he co-developed a novel delivery model of hearing care through academic-community partnerships in Baltimore (HEARS). He trained in gerontology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and earned his research doctorate from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing where he was inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet National Honor Society and the recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Aging (NIA/NIH).


Lee, J.W., Nersessian, P.V., Suen, J.J., Cudjoe, T.K.M., Gill, J., Szanton, S.L., & Hladek, M.D. (2023). Loneliness is associated with lower coping self-efficacy among older adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 42 (2), 270-279.

Nieman, C. L., Betz, J., Morales, E. E. G., Suen, J. J., Trumbo, J., Marrone, N., Han, H.R., Szanton, S.L., & Lin, F. R. (2022). Effect of a Community Health Worker–Delivered Personal Sound Amplification Device on Self-Perceived Communication Function in Older Adults With Hearing Loss: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA, 328 (23), 2324–2333.

Suen, J.J., Parrillo, E., Hassoon, A., Peairs, K.S., Stanford, O., Wenzel, J., Zabora, J., & Dobs, A. (2022). Improving cancer care for underserved populations in an academic and community practice setting: A protocol for a community health worker pilot navigation programme. BMJ Open, 12, e067270.

LaFave, S.E., Suen, J.J., Seau, Q., Bergman, A., Fisher, M.C., Thorpe, R.J. Jr., & Szanton, S.L. (2022). Racism and older Black Americans’ health: A systematic review. Journal of Urban Health, 99, 28-54.

Gleason, K., & Suen, J.J. (2022). Going beyond affordability for digital equity: Closing the “digital divide” through outreach and training programs for older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 70 (1), 75-77.

Nieman, C.L., Suen, J.J., Dean, L.T., & Chandran, A. (2022). Foundational approaches to advancing hearing health equity: A primer in social epidemiology. Ear and Hearing, 43, 5S-14S.

Suen, J.J., Betz, J., Reed, N.S., Deal, J.A., Lin, F.R., & Goman, A.M. (2021). Prevalence of asymmetric hearing among adults in the United States. Otology and Neurotology, 42 (2), e111-e113. 

Suen, J.J., Han, H.R., Peoples, C.Y., Weikert, M., Marrone, N., Lin, F.R., & Nieman, C.L. (2021). A community health worker training program to deliver accessible and affordable hearing care to older adults. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 32 (1), 37-49.

Suen, J.J., Bhatnagar, K., Emmett, S.D., Marrone, N., Kleindienst Robler, S., Swanepoel, D.W., Wong, A., & Nieman, C.L. (2019). Hearing care across the life course provided in the community. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 97 (10), 681-690. 

Suen, J.J., Marrone, N., Han, H.R., Lin, F.R., & Nieman, C.L. (2019). Translating public health practices: Community-based approaches for addressing hearing health care disparities. Seminars in Hearing, 40 (1), 37-48.