Audiologists are hearing health professionals with expertise in assessing and treating a broad range of hearing and balance disorders in people of all ages.
At any given point in the school year, up to 1 in 5 elementary school students have temporary, mild hearing loss (from middle ear fluid or infections).
Reduce external classroom noise (close windows and doors, turn off noisy equipment)
Hang sound-absorbing material, such as felt, corkboard or artwork on classroom walls and on the ceiling
Place soft coverings on chair and table legs
Use rugs or carpets as floor coverings
Place classroom furniture at an angle to the walls
Consider a classroom audio distribution device
Ensure that newly-constructed classrooms meet building standards for proper classroom acoustics (such as ANSI/ASA S12.60-2010)