Classroom Acoustics for Children With Normal Hearing and With Hearing Impairment 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 ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   October 01, 2000
Classroom Acoustics for Children With Normal Hearing and With Hearing Impairment
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Carl C. Crandell
    University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Joseph J. Smaldino
    University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: crandell@csd.ufl.edu
Article Information
Hearing & Speech Perception / Acoustics / Hearing Disorders / School-Based Settings / Clinical Forum: Improving Acoustics in American Schools
Clinical Forum   |   October 01, 2000
Classroom Acoustics for Children With Normal Hearing and With Hearing Impairment
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2000, Vol. 31, 362-370. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.3104.362
History: Received September 27, 1999 , Accepted June 30, 2000
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2000, Vol. 31, 362-370. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.3104.362
History: Received September 27, 1999; Accepted June 30, 2000

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.

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