Most students with hearing loss are educated in mainstream education classrooms the majority of each school day. Communication – between peers and with teachers – is the coin of education and upon which a wealth of knowledge is built. Unfortunately for students with hearing loss, the typical classroom environment is hazardous for listening and interferes with access to all classroom communication. An FM system does NOT solve this issue as being able to interact with peers is also an important source of learning.
When I saw this book my first reaction was “Finally! A book with basic information on classroom acoustics that anyone can use to assess needs and educate administrators!” If you think that this book is only for audiologists you are wrong! This is a 150 page handbook with large print, lots of visuals like graphs and charts and some really great ideas for assessment. Although you wouldn’t think so from the title, this Handbook also provides info on Classroom Audio Distribution Systems.
Whether you are a veteran or new to working with students with hearing loss, this information is critical to providing appropriate support. A great resource for your DHH Department and a good book for professional study groups! Karen L. Anderson, Director
Handbook of Acoustic Accessibility
Best Practices for Listening, Learning and Literacy in the Classroom
By Joseph J. Smaldino & Carol Flexer
1. Acoustic Access: An Historical Perspective Mark Ross
2. Hearing is the Foundation of Listening and Listening is the Foundation of Learning Douglas Beck & Carol Flexer
3. Speech Perception in the Classroom Arthur Boothroyd
4. Classroom Acoustic Measurements Joe Smaldino & Don Ostergren
5. Classroom Audio Distribution Systems: Literature Review 2003-2011 Andrew John & Brian Kreisman
6. An Overview of Current CADS Technologies Andrew John, Brian Kreisman & Joe Smaldino
7. Best Practices: AAA Clinical Practice Guidelines for Hearing Assistance Technology Cheryl DeConde Johnson
8. Approaches to Functional Verification of Classroom Accessibility Karen L. Anderson
9. Acoustic Accessibility: The Role of the Clinical Audiologist Jane Madell