Catherine M Sucher

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Catherine M Sucher

BSc, DipAud, MAud (Research), AuD

Senior Implant Audiologist and Cochlear Implant Research Lead at Ear Science Institute Australia

Adjunct Research Fellow at University of Western Australia

Dr Cathy Sucher currently works as a Senior Implant Audiologist and as the CI Research Lead at the Ear Science Institute Australia. Cathy is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia.

She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1995, completing a Postgraduate Diploma of Audiology in 1997 and a Masters of Audiology by Research in 2008 at the University of Melbourne. Whilst completing her Masters, Cathy was awarded the Elizabeth Murdoch Scholarship and a Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Research Grant for her thesis investigating the Music perception of child CI Users. She then completed a Clinical Doctorate of Audiology with the University of Florida in 2015. 
Cathy has over 20 years’ experience working in paediatric and adult rehabilitative audiology with both hearing aid and hearing implant experience, working throughout Australia and in the UK. She has also worked for 4 years as a Research Audiologist at the University of Melbourne and as Clinical Support for Cochlear Ltd (Cochlear Americas) for 2 years while in Canada. She has presented at a number of national and international conferences and has been published in various peer-reviewed journals. 

Cathy is very passionate about combining her clinical experience with innovative translational clinical research at the Ear Science Institute Australia with the aim to improve the hearing outcomes and quality of life of people with hearing impairment. 


Smulders YE, Hendriks T, Stegeman I, Eikelboom RH, Sucher C, Upson G, Chester Browne R, Jayakody D, Santa Maria PL, Atlas MD, Friedland PL. Predicting sequential bilateral cochlear implantation performance in postlingually deafened adults; A retrospective cohort study. Clin Otolaryngol. 2018 Dec;43(6):1500-1507. doi: 10.1111/coa.13193. Epub 2018 Aug 28.

Santa Maria PL, Domville-Lewis C, Sucher CM, Chester-Browne R, Atlas MD. Hearing preservation surgery for cochlear implantation – Hearing and quality of life after two years. Otology and Neurotology. 34:526-531; 2013.

Looi V, Winter P, Anderson I, Sucher C: “A music quality rating test battery for cochlear implant users to compare the FSP and HDCIS strategies for music appreciation”, Int J Audiol. 2011 Aug;50(8) pp 503-18. Epub 2011 Jun 21.

McDermott HJ, Sucher CM, Simpson A: “Electro-acoustic stimulation: Acoustic and electric pitch comparisons,” Audiology and Neurotology, vol. 14 (suppl. 1), pp. 2-7, 2009.

Sucher CM, McDermott HJ: “Bimodal stimulation: Benefits for music perception and sound quality,” Cochlear Implants International, vol. 10, issue S1, pp. 96-99, 2009.

Simpson A, McDermott HJ, Dowell RC, Sucher C, Briggs RJS: “Comparison of two frequency-to-electrode maps for acoustic-electric stimulation,” International Journal of Audiology, vol. 48, pp. 63-73, 2009.

Sucher CM, McDermott HJ: “Pitch ranking of complex tones by normally hearing subjects and cochlear implant users”, Hearing Research, 230, pp 80-87, August 2007.

McDermott HJ, Sucher CM: “Perceptual dissimilarities among acoustic stimuli and ipsilateral electric stimuli,” Hearing Research, 218 (1-2), pp 81 – 88, August 2006.

Vandali AE, Sucher CM, Tsang DJ, Chew JWD, McDermott HJ. “Pitch ranking ability of cochlear implant recipients: A comparison of sound processing strategies,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 117 (5) pp3126-3138, May 2005.

McDermott HJ, Sucher CM, McKay CM. “Speech perception with a cochlear implant sound processor incorporating loudness models” Acoustic Research Letters Online, vol 6(1), pp7-13, January 2005.

Looi V, Sucher C, McDermott H: “Melodies familiar to the Australian population across a range of hearing abilities,” Australian and New Zealand Journal of Audiology, vol. 25, pp. 75-83, November 2003.