Faculty Publications

Title

Classroom acoustics for children with normal hearing and with hearing impairment

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Noise, Psychoeducational/psychosocial achievement, Reverberation, Speaker-listener distance, Speech perception

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools

Volume

31

Issue

4

First Page

362

Last Page

370

Abstract

Past investigations demonstrate that the acoustical environment of a classroom is a critical factor in the academic, psychoeducational, and psychosocial achievement of children with normal hearing and with hearing impairment. This article examines several acoustical variables, such as noise, reverberation, and speaker-listener distance, which can deleteriously affect speech perception in classrooms. Moreover, the discussion examines the effects of these variables on the speech perception abilities of both children with normal hearing and children with hearing loss. Finally, appropriate acoustical criteria are suggested for children in educational settings.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2000

DOI of published version

10.1044/0161-1461.3104.362

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