Saturday, September 6, 2008

Ling Six Song and official audiology report


I found this on another website and thought it worth posting. Any parent of a deaf or hard of hearing child who is pursuing listening and speaking as a primary mode of communication will be familiar with the six ling sounds (mmm, oooo, aaahhh, eee, shhh, and sss) which cover the speech frequency range. Anyhow, I found a song which emphasises these sounds on the web:

The horn on the car goes beep beep beep
Beep beep beep, beep beep beep
The horn on the car goes beep beep beep
all through the town.

The people in the car eat mmm, mmm, mmm
Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm
The people in the car eat mmm, mmm, mmm
all through the town.

The snake on the road says sss,sss,sss
Sss, sss, sss, sss, sss, sss
The snake on the road says sss, sss, sss
all through the town.

The monkey in the car goes ooo, ooo, ooo
Ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo,
The monkey in the car goes ooo, ooo, ooo,
all through the town.

The babies in the car sing laah laah laah,
Laah laah laah, laah laah laah
The babies in the car sing laah laah laah
all through the town.

The mommies in the car go shh, shh, shh
Shh, shh, shh, shh, shh, shh
The mommies in the car go shh, shh, shh
all through the town.

We also got the official report in the mail from the audiologist. No surprises here since I saw the audiogram in her office. We've lost 20dB at 4000Hz and 15dB at 1000Hz. The official report states:

“A second audiologist assisted in today’s testing. Insert earphones (Nolan’s earmolds) and visual reinforcement were used to elicit responses. Today’s test results revealed a moderately severe loss at 500 and 1000 Hz sloping up to moderate at 2000Hz then down to moderately severe at 4000Hz bilaterally. A decrease was noted in both ears at 4000Hz when compared to testing in May 2008. Tympanometry revealed flat curves with large ear canal volume indicating patent PE tubes. Adjustments were made to the hearing aid settings based on today’s test results and responses were checked on S-REM. Nolan was also fit with new earmolds.”

His hearing loss is very symmetric and the ears are:

Left ear:

500Hz: 55dB
1000Hz: 55dB
2000Hz: 40dB
4000Hz: 55dB

Right Ear:

500Hz: 60dB
1000Hz: 55dB
2000Hz: 45dB
4000Hz: 55dB

His left ear is currently marginally better than his right ear, but for all intents and purposes they’re the same.

3 comments:

Ambulance Mommy said...

love the song! Ryan loves the Wheels on the Bus, and our speech therapist wants us to try songs where he has to make a sound where a word should be, so I think this might be a great fit! Thanks!

Kimmy K said...

Hello. I want to thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. Since then I have been reading about Nolan and trying to move forward with my own son. It is so nice to hear your story and know we are not alone, and that things will probably be fine. Thank you for reaching out and for the reassurance.

Karen said...

Love that song and what an easy way to incorporate the Ling Sounds!