For the last few years, Lily's former SLP and I have been dreaming about soundfields (aka Classroom Audio systems) and the power they have in changing kids lives in the classrom.
Now we've embarked on a pilot project with our local public school system called Hear to Learn. The program aims to install 100 classroom amplification systems in four K-5 LPS elementary schools.
Students miss 30-50% of what is said in the
classroom simply because they cannot hear it.
Due to immature listening and language
systems, children have no ability to "fill in the
blanks" so missed information is simply a lost
The Hear to Learn pilot program responds to
problems associated with classroom noise and
children’s fluctuating hearing. Children need a
signal (the teacher’s voice) to be 15 decibels
above background noise to clearly understand
instruction. Sadly, in the typical American
classroom, the teacher’s voice rises only four
decibels above background noise.
Children with typical hearing struggle to hear
instruction, as do those with other
complicating factors such as learning English
as a second language, ear infections, hearing
loss, poverty, learning disabilities, sensory
issues, attention deficit disorders, and other
These soundfield systems consist of a main speaker with
a microphone for the teacher and another for
students. The systems project sound evenly
across classrooms, making every desk a good
place for all students to hear and learn.
Based on numerous studies, we predict the
Hear to Learn program benefits will include:
Higher test scores in reading and math
because of increased attention and
Reduction in classroom behavior issues
Decreased special education referrals
Reduced teacher absences for reasons of vocal strain.
I need your help to make Hear to Learn a
reality. Will you consider a tax-decutable donation?
$30,000 An entire school with classroom
Also like “ Hear to Learn ” on Facebook for great videos and photos.
Here's Lily showing off the soundfield sound panel and teacher microphone (on the bear). The next picture shows Lily using the student microphone while giving a presentation to her classmates. This microphone helps kids hear each other. Amazing really!