Clinical Audiology Services

Did You Know?

  • Approximately 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss.

  • More than half of the people with hearing loss are younger than age 65.

  • Untreated hearing loss can affect your ability to understand speech and can negatively impact your social and emotional well-being.

  • Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States.

~ American Academy of Audiology

Check out Dr. Laffan’s hearing loss tips during COVID-19.

The first step in determining your hearing ability is with a diagnostic hearing evaluation. If you have hearing loss, the evaluation will detail the extent, type, and specifics of your loss.

The diagnostic hearing evaluation consists of a variety of tests to determine the unique aspects of your hearing, as well as the level at which you can detect and understand speech.

We evaluate a wide scope of patients ranging from pediatrics to seniors.

Comprehensive Diagnostic Audiology Evaluations for Adults

Diagnostic hearing evaluations identify hearing loss, and give your audiologist important information to help determine the best course of action for treatment. Some types of hearing loss can be treated medically or surgically, so it’s important that these types of hearing losses be ruled out before hearing aids or other treatments are considered.

The diagnostic hearing evaluation consists of a variety of tests to determine the unique aspects of your hearing loss, as well as the level at which you can detect and understand speech.


What can I expect during a diagnostic hearing evaluation?
What does a diagnostic evaluation include?

Comprehensive Pediatric Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations

Developmentally appropriate diagnostic audiologic evaluations for children and infants/toddlers are customized to the child’s individual needs, with developmentally-appropriate behavioral and objective measures.


What does testing include?
What happens after the hearing evaluation?

Auditory Processing Evaluations

The Northeastern University Speech-Language-Hearing Center is one of the few facilities in Massachusetts to offer central auditory processing evaluations, or CAP assessments. We specialize in determining if students have CAPD. We provide schools, the community, and families with appropriate recommendations to best accommodate the student’s listening needs.

Children need to be at least seven years old to have a CAP Evaluation.


What is Auditory Processing?
What are common signs and symptoms of (C)APD?
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Hearing Screenings

In children between 3 and 5 years of age, hearing screenings can help identify hearing loss that may affect development, interfere with future performance in school, or indicate a medical condition (e.g., middle or inner ear disorder). Northeastern provides hearing community-based hearing screenings to various Head Start and preschool based programs. Feel free to contact us at 617-373-2492 for further information.

Custom Musician’s Ear Protectors and In-Ear Monitors

Click on the product name below to learn more about these services. Please call the Center at 617-373-2492 to inquire about our pricing or to schedule an appointment. A complimentary baseline hearing test is included.

Musician Ear Protectors
In-Ear Monitors

Hearing Aid Fittings, Repairs, & Programming

There are many steps that are part of a hearing aid evaluation. If you suspect that you might need a hearing aid, you will first need to have a hearing evaluation. The audiologist will review the type of hearing loss as well as how it is affecting a patient’s life and recommend the “best fit” with the patient’s medical condition, lifestyle, and budget from a variety of hearing aid models.

When the hearing aid arrives, a patient will return to work with the audiologist to fine tune the incoming sounds using a special computer program.

Significant technological advances have been made to improve digital amplification. Many of the new digital aids can be easily adjusted for background and environmental noises, improving patient satisfaction.

We carry full lines of Phonak, Oticon, Widex, Starkey and Siemens hearing aids.


How do I know if I need a hearing aid?
What is hearing aid dispensing and fitting?
Can you repair my hearing aid?
How do hearing aids work?
How do I care for my hearing aid?