Jonathan J. Suen, AuD, is the first audiologist in the PhD program at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) where his research examines the relationship between hearing loss and loneliness in older adults. Through his activities at the JHSON’s Center for Innovative Care in Aging, he developed an interest in healthy aging, health equity, and behavioral interventions. He is also a member of the AJPH Student Think Tank’s 2022 cohort at the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) and an associate in the R3 Science Communications Leadership Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH).


Suen received an F31 award from the National Institute on Aging (NIA/NIH) to support his transdisciplinary training and earned a certificate in Gerontology from the JHSPH. He previously completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Frank Lin, MD, PhD, where he co-developed a novel community-based delivery model of hearing care through academic-community partnerships in Baltimore. He is currently co-advised by Jennifer Wenzel, PhD, MS, RN at the JHSON and Frank Lin at the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health.


Follow Jon Suen on Twitter: @SuenJonathan


Select Peer-Reviewed Publications




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


Martinez Amezcua, P., Suen, J.J., Lin, F.R., Schrack, J., & Deal, J.A. (2022). Hearing impairment and objectively measured physical activity: A systematic review. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 70(1), 301-304. Linked Here.


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. Linked Here.


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, [online first].


Suen, J.J., Vo, E.H., Clair, C.A., Nolan, M.T., Gallo, J.J., Abshire Saylor, M. (2021). Mitigating end-of-life burden: Parallel perspectives of physician-patients and family caregivers. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, [online first].


Suen, J.J., Briggs, S., Chern, A., Eibling, D., Golub, J., Johns, M., Kost, K., McKinnon, B., Parnes, S., Sataloff, R., Shipp, G.C., Tulunay-Ugur, O., Parham, K. (2021). Physician oversight of audiological services for older patients: A barrier to hearing healthcare access? Ear, Nose and Throat Journal, [online first].


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. Linked Here.


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. Linked Here.


Shukla, A., Harper, M., Pedersen, E., Goman, A., Suen, J.J., Price, C., Applebaum, J., Hoyer, M., Lin, F.R., & Reed, N.S. (2020). Hearing loss, loneliness and social isolation: A systematic review. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 162(5), 622-633. Linked Here.


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. Linked Here.


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. Linked Here.


Shah, R.R, Suen, J.J., Cellum, I.P., Spitzer, J.B., & Lalwani, A.K. (2017). The influence of subway station design on noise levels. Laryngoscope127(5), 1169-1174. Linked Here.


Updated February 22, 2022

Jon Suen

Jonathan J. Suen

Departmental affiliation (Primary)

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing