About Chad Ruffin, MD

Born with severe hearing loss, Dr. Ruffin is an ENT Doctor, Cochlear Implant Surgeon and advocate for adults and kids. In addition to working one-on-one with patients at his clinic in Seattle, Dr. Ruffin & his team perform innovative research and advocacy for the hard of hearing community.
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An Advocate For You

Born with severe hearing loss, Dr. Ruffin is uniquely equipped with the skills and experience necessary to improve the lives of hard of hearing patients. Dr. Ruffin completed surgical training at Indiana University, one of the most rigorous otolaryngology residency programs. He also completed advanced training in ear surgery and cochlear implant research as a faculty physician at Indiana University. He is passionate about using his journey as a deaf patient, surgeon, auditory neuroscientist, and hearing technology innovator to help others succeed with hearing loss.

You can also find his work at Forbes , Hearing Tracker,  Washington Post, National Association for the Deaf, Hearing Loss Association of America.

Dr. Ruffin delivers the keynote for the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science Education.

ENT Doctor for Adults & Children

Dr. Ruffin has received research grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and the National Institutes of Health. He has patented cochlear implant technology, published in multiple journals and his advocacy efforts were recognized by Science. At the American Academy of Achievement, he shared the challenges of hearing loss with heads of state and other luminaries. He has also shared his insights at the Exponential Medicine Conference hosted by Singularity University. He consults for Decibel Therapeutics, a company launching a gene therapy treatment for hearing loss.

Dr. Ruffin is committed to improving the achievement of deaf and hard-of-hearing people. His teams innovate in three independent spaces:

  • Academic research with RuffLab at Indiana University and with the University of Washington
  • 3Cairns, a technology and advocacy start-up in Portland, Oregon

Our Expertise

Dr. Ruffin provides Ear, Nose, and Throat/Otolaryngology Care at his practice in South Seattle, Washington with virtual consultations available to patients around the world.






  • Allergy testing and therapy
  • Nasal breathing difficulties and recurrent/chronic sinusitis
  • Hoarseness, vocal cord polyps/nodules, & voice disorders
  • Sleep apnea & snoring
  • Head and neck tumors & cancer
  • Salivary (spit producing) gland disorders
  • Thyroid & parathyroid surgery
  • Facial fractures/trauma
  • Tonsillitis