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Northwestern School of Communication

Catherine Fabian

Assistant Clinical Professor
I provide assessment and rehabilitation for adults and children of various disorders of the auditory system including hearing loss, tinnitus, noise exposure, and auditory processing disorders. I teach academic and clinical courses for students in our Doctor of Audiology program, and am active in Northwestern University's Hearing Conservation Program to protect staff's hearing.

Area(s) of Expertise

Auditory Processing, Hearing, Hearing Aids-Amplification Devices, Noise Effects and Safety, Tinnitus, Vestibular Assessment and Management
Catherine Fabian

Catherine Fabian’s primary clinical interests lie in the functional neurology of individuals’ peripheral and central auditory systems and in assessing and treating the impact of injury, illness, and noise exposure on hearing and auditory processing. She is experienced with assessing and treating auditory dysfunction in children, managing tinnitus, performing central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) evaluations, measuring and controlling noise exposure, and providing rehabilitation through auditory training and device fitting for children and adults.

Dr. Fabian has worked as a private practitioner, educational audiologist, and clinical research audiologist. Her work includes developing CAPD assessment and therapy programs and performing multidisciplinary research, assessment, and treatment of auditory and vestibular dysfunction following brain injury. She also directed Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program for a large regional health system.

She strives to consolidate her professional expertise and passions into her teaching and practice to expand the reach of audiology and its specialties in order to increase early identification and management of hearing loss and other auditory disorders. Dr. Fabian is an instructor for Clinical Practice and Vestibular Evaluation and Management.


  • AuD, Northwestern University
  • BA, Linguistics (Language and the Brain), University of California, San Diego


  • CSD 414-0 Amplification Systems
  • CSD 415 Clinical Practicum in Audiology
  • CSD 429 Evaluation and Treatment of Balance Disorders