About Birmingham Speech & Hearing Associates

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Birmingham Speech & Hearing Associates was the first private audiology and speech clinic in Birmingham. But we weren't just satisfied being the only audiology practice in town — we had to make sure we offered the highest quality of care and most advanced audiology services possible. Since then, we've continued to provide our patients with professional, compassionate care. We have many patients and their families who have trusted us with their hearing healthcare for decades and even generations.

In 2019, leadership of Birmingham Speech & Hearing Associates passed into the hands of audiologist Dr. Leslie Crawford, who has been part of our team for more than ten years. She is looking forward to continuing the legacy of care and expertise that our practice has been known for and to serving the community she loves so much.

Our team members are all warm and friendly people with extensive experience and significant training in their fields. Together, we make up a family of professionals who truly care about you as an individual.

Leslie Crawford Au.D., Audiologist & Owner

Leslie Crawford,Au.D., Audiologist at Birmingham Speech & Hearing Associates

Leslie Crawford earned her doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida. She received her Bachler of Science in Communication Disorders and Master’s degree in Audiology from Auburn University. Leslie has been a member of the Birmingham Speech & Hearing family since 2008. She spent the first 6 years of her career as a clinical audiologist in an ENT practice where she provided diagnostic and rehabilitative hearing and balance disorder services. Leslie is nationally certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed by the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Leslie is a native of Sylacauga, Alabama and now lives in Vestavia with her husband, Kevin, and her two children, Mac and Ann Ellison. Currently, her hobbies include whatever activities her children are doing

Jill Byrd Au.D., Audiologist

Jill Byrd, Au.D., Audiologist at Birmingham Speech & Hearing Associates

Jill Byrd has worked in the field of audiology for 25 years. She received a master’s degree from the University of Florida and a doctorate of audiology from the University of Arizona. Jill is experienced in complete diagnostic audiological evaluations, aural rehabilitation relevant to hearing loss, hearing aids, lipreading/speechreading skills, and other various areas of general hearing health care. In addition to leading community education and hearing health clinics at various retirement facilities, Jill serves several of our local school districts as an educational audiologist.

Ferne McClintock, Speech-Language Pathologist

Ferne McClintock, Speech-Language Pathologist  at Birmingham Speech & Hearing Associates

Ferne McClintock has worked as a speech-language pathologist for more than 35 years, having received her master’s degree at the University of South Florida in 1983. She worked in the Tampa Bay area and in Santa Cruz, California, serving both children and adults, before coming to Birmingham in 1987. She has worked for Birmingham Speech & Hearing Associates for more than 25 years, primarily serving children with articulation, language, stuttering, and voice disorders. Ferne has particular interest in childhood apraxia of speech and in autism spectrum disorders. She currently belongs to the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed by the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Ferne and her husband, Jim, have two young adult children, Luke and Jamie, and a granddoddle named Palmer

Annie Laurie Sinclair, Speech-Language Pathologist

Annie Sinclair, Speech-Language Pathologist  at Birmingham Speech & Hearing Associates

Annie Laurie Sinclair has evaluated and treated children with various speech-language disorders for 22 years. She received her bachelor’s and master's degrees in communication disorders from Auburn University. Annie Laurie currently belongs to the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed by the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Taryn Hopper, Speech-Language Pathologist

Taryn Hopper, Speech-Language Pathologist at Birmingham Speech & Hearing Associates

Taryn Hopper has been a speech-language pathologist for 18 years. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in communication science and disorders from the University of Montevallo. She has worked in the school setting for the past 15 years, focusing on preschool through 5th grade aged children with a variety of speech and language needs. She is an active member of the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama, has served on the executive board for many years, and is currently the Honors Chair. She is licensed by the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, where she holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence. Taryn has been married to her husband, Lawson, for 20 years and has three boys, Lawson, Judah and Finn.


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