Classrooms and other educational spaces are among the least friendly listening environments for children with cochlear implants. Use of assistive technology such as sound field and personal FM systems can be compromised by noise and reverberation in structured classroom settings. Also, one-on-one and small group interactions are also impeded. This presentation provides practical rationale for the benefits of appropriate acoustical environments and provides specific guidance for professionals and parents seeking improved acoustics. Legal and voluntary mechanisms for achieving improvements will be reviewed.
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Course created on November 3, 2009
- Participants will be able to describe the components comprising a classroom acoustical environment.
- Participants will be able to demonstrate the impact of poor acoustics on children with hearing loss.
- Participants will be able to guide an assessment of a given classroom's acoustical characteristics.
- Participants will be able to list potential remedies for improving classroom acoustics.
- Participants will be able to describe existing voluntary acoustical standards.
Donna L. Sorkin, MA
Vice President, Consumer Affairs at Cochlear Americas
Donna Sorkin, M.A. is Vice President, Consumer Affairs at Cochlear Americas. In that capacity, she leads a range of activities at Cochlear aimed at the broad life needs of people with hearing loss including Cochlears widely acclaimed HOPE program on (re)habilitation for children and adults and their families. Donna was executive director of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (now Hearing Loss Association of America) and she also served as executive director of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Access Board in 1994 and served two terms. She served on the National Institute on Deafness (National Institutes of Health) Advisory Board and has advised numerous U.S. businesses on accessibility for people with disabilities. Donna currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Gallaudet University and Colorado Neurological Institute.
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