A History of poor acoustics

Historically schools were built without regard for the need of good acoustics and listening conditions.

Below are some links showing the how poor the acoustics have been, and how governments have recognised the need to legislate and improve the listening environments in learning spaces.


Other References


Adams, E. M., S. Gordon-Hickey, R. E. Moore and H. Morlas (2010). "Effects of reverberation on acceptable noise level measurements in younger and older adults." Int J Audiol 49(11): 832-838.


BATOD Magazine Articles

In the BATOD Magazine there have been articles presented by Teachers of the Deaf and other professionals in deaf education that prove useful in supporting the provision of better acoustics or supportive technology such as FM and soundfield systems. The research links provide the academic evidence. Contact BATOD for copies of articles providing evidence underpinning this MESHGuide.


Acoustics - hearing, listening and learning: Guide

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Acoustics, listening and learning

One of the critical requirements for effective learning is that children and young people hear clearly what is said to them. Far too many pupils in schools do not make the progress of which they are capable because they cannot consistently hear speech clearly. Can all your pupils hear intelligibly what you and their fellow pupils are saying to them wherever they or you are in the classroom? Do you have to repeat your instructions, advice, questions and answers, because your pupils don’t hear you the first time?



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