Questionnaire on Current Uses and Adaptations of the Works of Daniel Ling

Daniel Ling was one of the pioneers of listening and spoken language for children with hearing loss. His contributions to the field were unique in that he developed the foundational knowledge and practice of speech acoustics and spoken language for children with hearing loss. In addition, he brought formal academic recognition to the field. This formal academic university validity was a specific goal for his lifetime of work. To further this goal the Ling Consortium was formed as an international consortium of professionals, developing and delivering globally recognised university-based courses on teaching listening and spoken language.


Changes in this field since Dr Ling’s last publication in 2002 have included universal newborn hearing screening, better listening potential for children because of better diagnostic and hearing technology, improved understanding of the role of the brain and neuroplasticity, new certifications for listening and spoken language specialists, a decreased role in using speech reading techniques and other communication modes, and better understanding of genetics and neurobiological disorders.


Despite these changes, Ling’s work remains highly relevant in today’s world. Clinical innovations around the world continue to use his work as a basis for structuring their audiologic and educational intervention with children and adults with hearing loss. Variations have included its use in populations with low resources, multicultural or multi-language environments, various age groups and children with additional disabilities.


The Ling Consortium members would like to gather together the innovative adaptations that have been made to Dr Ling’s work to keep pace with the progress in the field through this Questionnaire. Thank you for participating in this worthwhile project.

There are 14 questions in this survey.