We went to our local airshow this weekend, which created a new question in my mind. Airshows are loud- is Nolan better off with his hearing aids on, or off? His aids should compress sounds that are too loud, so I left them on in the hopes they would act as protection for his residual hearing. This is definitely a question to ask our audiologist!
We have another hearing test on Thursday, which always creates a little anxiety on the mommy front. He seems to have lost a little hearing since his initial ABR, so I don't know if he'll be stable this time around or not. He seems to be responding to my voice at about the same level, so hopefully his audiogram hasn't changed. I still dread sitting in the sound booth, silently willing my little boy to look at the dancing puppy when those beeps and boops are played.
I also received Matt's official testing report. He is a full 3 standard deviations behind his peers in articulation. The good news is that our speech therapist thinks we can fix the consonant deletion issues fairly easily. The incorrect vowel sounds might be a tad harder to fix, though.
I have found a new (old) book series that Matthew LOVES. Richard Scarry's "Biggest Word Book Ever" and his "Cars and Trains and Things that Go" get Matthew talking like nothing else. I remember these books from my childhood, and Matthew is obsessed with them. The cars and trains one has a little yellow bug to find on each page, and Matt loves this activity. There are a ton of words that appear in these books that aren't in our everyday conversation, such as "smokestack," "squiggly," and "toll booth." I highly recommend these books to anyone with a 2-3 year old boy with a love of vehicles!