BMN Blog

OCT 16
October is National Audiology Awareness Month.

Over 36 million American adults have some degree of hearing loss.

That is over 4 times the amount of people who live in New York City.


The statistics are shocking and even more so knowing that over half of those 36 million Americans are under the age of 65 . Hearing loss is an increasing health concern in this nation that is often preventable. Taking time to see an audiologist for regular hearing screenings and knowing the signs of hearing loss can protect your hearing. Make an appointment with an audiologist this October during National Audiology Awareness Month.

(published with permission of the American Academy of Audiology)


Hearing loss can be caused by exposure to loud noises, ear infections, trauma, or ear disease; harm to the inner ear and ear drum, illness or certain medications, and deterioration due to the normal aging process. The amount of noise Americans are exposed to today plays an important role in the recent increase of hearing loss across the nation. It is no longer just a health concern for seniors.


Have you stopped going to restaurants and social gatherings? Do you keep to yourself when in noisy environments? If you answered yes, you may have a hearing problem. Some tell signs of hearing loss are: trouble hearing conversation in a noisy environment such as restaurants, difficulty or inability to hear people talking to you without looking at them, and/or a constant pain or ringing in your ears.


On average, most Americans don’t know how to recognize the first signs of hearing loss or which health professional is qualified to diagnose and treat the condition. If you think you may have a hearing loss, you need to see an audiologist.

An audiologist is a licensed and clinically experienced health-care professional who specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating people with hearing loss and balance disorders. Most audiologists earn a doctor of audiology (AuD) degree. Some audiologists earn a doctor of philosophy (PhD) or doctor of science (ScD) degree in the hearing and balance sciences.

The first step in treatment of a hearing problem is to get your hearing evaluated by an audiologist. A hearing evaluation will determine the type and degree of hearing loss you have and what can be done. Although most hearing loss is permanent, an audiologist can determine the best treatment, which may include hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and hearing rehabilitation.


In response to the growing number of Americans suffering from hearing loss, the American Academy of Audiology in conjunction with Excel ENT of Alabama has launched National Audiology Awareness Month this October.


Audiologists’ specialties include, but are not limited to:

  • Diagnostic hearing and balance evaluations
  • Prescribing and fitting hearing aids
  • Tinnitus management


My name is Calyn Russ and I am excited to join Dr. Chris Davis at Excel ENT of Alabama as the new audiologist! I specialize in the fitting of amplification devices and provide comprehensive diagnostic hearing and balance testing to my patients.


At age 8, I was diagnosed with progressive hearing loss. Throughout my youth and young adult life, I struggled with decreasing hearing and wearing hearing aids. Interested in what caused my own hearing loss, I took courses in communicative disorders in college, which lead to my passion for audiology. Now a recipient of bilateral cochlear implants, I have a lifetime of personal experience with hearing loss, hearing aids, and the hardships faced by those with hearing impairment.


Prior to joining the staff at Excel ENT of Alabama, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma with my doctoral degree in audiology. I completed my clinical externship at Providence Speech and Hearing Center, a non-profit speech and hearing clinic servicing children and adults in Orange, California. Previously, I worked as an audiologist with Audiology of Tulsa and Utica Park South Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic, both located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I received my undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, I am an ardent University of Oklahoma football fan who enjoys hiking, kayaking, trying new restaurants, and attending concerts.


I look forward to assisting individuals with hearing loss in Birmingham and the surrounding areas!

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