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Audiology Center: Where Science Meets Service

From Our Neighborhood News, Spring 2024

Northwestern's Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning offers evidence-based evaluations and treatments for children and adults, while at the same time providing research and training experiences for graduate students in the audiology, speech-language pathology, and learning disabilities professions. The nonprofit center, established in 1928 and open to the public, “bridges science and service under one roof, offering one of the area’s top resources for clinical services,” says center director Diane Novak, an associate clinical professor.

The center includes a state-of-the-art audio-environment simulation room unique to an audiology and speech clinic, allowing audiologists to check hearing devices against a range of background noises and
real-world environments to fine-tune and personalize fittings. Patients practice communication skills in realistic situations and receive feedback from their clinicians.

“NUCASLL may be the best-kept secret on campus,” Novak says. “Patients can visit us for services to address communication challenges related to learning and reading, autism, stroke, aphasia, voice, and changes in hearing — to name a few.”

Its location at Northwestern, the birthplace of the audiology field, allows the center opportunities to partner with world-renowned researchers. Clinical faculty members direct services in partnership with medical teams, educators, and other professionals to ensure comprehensive care for clients. As part of the University’s School of Communication, the center offers opportunities for “increased collaboration across disciplines and integrates innovation and science to form the foundation of our clinical care,” Novak says.

The center is housed on campus within the North Parking Garage, located at 2315 North Campus Drive. This spring and summer, it will host communication and hearing enhancement courses open to the community.

TO LEARN MORE about services or make an appointment, call 847-491-3165 or visit