As a child of parents with dual sensory losses, vision and hearing loss, Dr. Turnbough has a lifetime of personal experience with hearing loss, hearing aids, and the hardships faced by those with multiple impairments. Interested in what caused her mother’s sudden sensorineural hearing loss, Dr. Turnbough took courses on communication disorders and audiology. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Alabama and her Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from Auburn University. Dr. Turnbough completed her Clinical Fellowship Year with the UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics. These clinics are part of the Civitan International Research Center whose mission is to provide education, research, and services on developmental disabilities.

During this time, she presented her research on the choice of musical instrument and its effects on auditory working memory and perception in adolescents at the Civitan International / Simpson-Ramsey Neurodevelopment Symposium. Prior to joining Excel ENT of Alabama, she worked as a clinical audiologist with Birmingham Ear Nose & Throat Group, P.C. and Birmingham Hearing and Balance Center, P.C. Dr. Turnbough specializes in adult and pediatric diagnostic evaluations and has special interests in hearing aids, aural rehabilitation, and vestibular testing. A native of Birmingham, she is a regular at the Christmas Village at the BJCC and enjoys playing musical instruments, attending concerts and musicals, playing in the backyard with her two dogs, and trying new restaurants.

Abby Turnbough - Audiologist