Does the above list remind you of anything? Yep, it’s a few words from the list of 20-30 words that audiologists have used for many years as part of the sound booth test.
Year after year I was expected to choose what word was being said from this list without lipreading. The list was ALWAYS the same.
The list was usually given to me on a piece of paper with pictures to represent each word and I had to guess what was being said.
It somehow came up during a discussion with a few other deaf buddies recently and apparently everyone had that list memorized. 😉 We never really understood why they didn’t spice up that list by throwing in a few new words every once in a while.
When I went into for my cochlear implant evaluation last year, I had to do a few hearing tests with my hearing aids. One of the tests involved the audiologist saying words from a list (that I did not have in front of me) with her mouth covered. Well, I have never been able to understand speech without lipreading. I assumed she was shooting words from that same old list that I had became familiar with over the 20+ past years.
This was a new audiologist and she was required to give this test as part of the cochlear implant evaluation even though I told her I wouldn’t understand anything she said without lipreading. So I sat there and it sounded like these were multi-syllable words so I started shooting off replies such as….”hotdog” and “airplane” that I had been “trained” to do.
Let’s just say she stopped after a few words because I was wayyyy off base and I looked like a fool for making the wild guesses I had. 🙂
Turns out, they use an entirely different list for cochlear implant evaluations and follow-ups.
To this day, anytime someone says “hotdog”…..I automatically picture sheet of pictures/words and various audiologists who have said “hotdog” to me over the years. 🙂
To see a brief example check out 2:30 of this video clip