Sound Field Amplification: Applications to Speech Perception and Classroom Acoustics / Edition 2

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This product leads learners and professionals through the theory and applications of Sound Field Amplification. Children in school often are faced with a classroom that is not acoustically acceptable and this can cause stress and failure for individuals to adequately learn the material. Amplification systems are the key to reaching children with the most understandable and clearest form of sound. This book explains how children learn to hear, and how acoustics affects their learning ability. It then takes the next step and provides professionals and learners with the information necessary for them to conduct sound surveys, obtain funding for amplification systems, and what laws and regulations cover this topic.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Linda Jacobs-Condit, AuD, CCC-A(George Washington University)
Description: This book takes a straightforward and comprehensive approach to providing a solid foundation on the effects of acoustics on learning. Also included is information on conducting sound surveys, funding sources for amplification systems, and updated laws and regulations on acoustics. This second edition comes 10 years after the first.
Purpose: According to the authors, the purpose is to provide a comprehensive and cohesive text/handbook on the use of small FM/infrared sound field systems. There is also a focus on speech perception and classroom acoustics, as well as enriched theory and practical applications. The authors have met their objectives and compiled a book that addresses selection, installation, use and maintenance of sound field equipment, as well as how to manage classroom acoustics and students' listening skills.
Audience: It is intended to be used by a wide range of individuals — students, professionals, consumers — who might benefit from sound field amplification systems as well as those who desire information about speech perception and classroom acoustics. The authors are nationally-recognized experts in the field of speech perception, acoustics and sound field systems.
Features: This book divides the theoretical foundation from the practical issues surrounding sound field amplification. In this way, one can obtain a thorough theoretical understanding necessary for the appropriate utilization of sound field technology. Theoretical chapters in Section A take us from the rationale for using sound field systems in classrooms to understanding speech perception processes in children to the effects of classroom environment on speech perception. Section B looks at practical applications, including updated information on the new laws and acoustic standards, a how-to-guide on taking acoustic measurements, acoustical modifications for conforming to desirable acoustic conditions, installing a sound field system, enhancing listening skills for students and teachers alike, measuring efficacy post-installation, marketing and obtaining funding. New to this edition is information on new laws and regulations, updated technology and ANSI standards, and case studies with practical examples.
Assessment: The authors have compiled a thorough, user-friendly text and handbook that will be a benefit to any audiologist, teacher, or parent concerned about classroom acoustics. New features in this second edition are Key Points and Discussion Topics at the end of each chapter, which help to highlight the main ideas of each chapter and promote critical thinking. Understanding the speech-perception process and acoustic accessibility is critical today, given the "No Child Left Behind" mandate for educational standards.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401851453
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 9/17/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Crandell has been an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Florida since 1994. He obtained his doctorate from Vanderbilt University in 1989 in Audiology. His research has been focused in how the effects of environmental distortion and room acoustics affect various populations' speech recognition. He is working to create appropriate acoustical standards.

Carol Flexer has been a professor of Audiology at the University of Akron for over 20 years where her focus has been pediatric and education Audiology. She has lectured internationally and authored over 80 publications. She is the past president of the Educational Audiology Association and the American Academy of Audiology.

Joseph Smaldino is a professor at Northern Illinois University, where his research is focused on Classroom Amplification, Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR), Efficacy of Hearing Aid Fittings, and Otoacoustic Emissions. He has been a leader in developing the role of the educational audiologist.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, Chapter 1 - Rationale for the Use of Sound Field Systems in Classrooms: The Basis of Teacher In-services, Chapter 2 - Sound Field Amplification and Speech Perception Processes in Children, Chapter 3 - The Classroom Environment and Speech Perception, Chapter 4 - Speech Perception in Specific Populations, Chapter 5 - Acoustical Measurement Procedures in Classrooms: A How-To Guide, Chapter 6 - Acoustical Modifications for Schools and Classrooms, Chapter 7 - Improving Speech Perception and Listening in the Classroom: Tips for the Teachers, Chapter 8 - Sound Field Amplification: A Comprehensive Literature Review, Chapter 9 - Sound Field Amplification: Steps to Placement in the Classroom, Chapter 10 - Measuring Efficacy: How to Conduct a Sound Field Amplification Study, Chapter 11 - Marketing and Obtaining Funding for Sound Field Amplification, Chapter 12 - Laws and Regulations that Govern the Utilization of Sound Field Amplification.

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