The use of soundfield amplification devices in different types of classrooms

Wilson, Wayne J., Marinac, Julie, Pitty, Kathryn and Burrows, Carolyn (2011) The use of soundfield amplification devices in different types of classrooms. Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, 42 4: 395-407. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2011/09-0080

Author Wilson, Wayne J.
Marinac, Julie
Pitty, Kathryn
Burrows, Carolyn
Title The use of soundfield amplification devices in different types of classrooms
Journal name Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0161-1461
Publication date 2011-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1044/0161-1461(2011/09-0080
Volume 42
Issue 4
Start page 395
End page 407
Total pages 13
Place of publication Rockville, MD, United States
Publisher American Speech - Language - Hearing Association
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine if soundfield amplification (SFA) devices affected student performance in 3 different types of classrooms.
Method: The classroom performance of 147 children (77 males, 70 females, ages 8;2 [years;months] ± 5 months) was measured at the beginning and end of the second semester of their third year in 1 of 4 primary schools in Brisbane, Australia. Each school contained 2 participating classrooms, 1 with and 1 without an SFA device.
Results: The SFA devices contributed to small but significant improvements in student listening (p <.01) and auditory analysis (p <.05) skills, but only in the school where the participating classrooms were in a brick building (vs. a demountable building) with neighboring classrooms separated by solid walls (vs. open spaces). The classrooms in this school showed the lowest background noise measures (47-50 dB 1 hr, A weighted) and the second lowest reverberation times (0.87-0.91 s) overall, although these values still exceeded the maximums recommended by American National Standards Institute S12.60-2002 (2002).
Conclusion: These results suggest that any potential benefits of SFA devices are more likely to be realized in classrooms with better acoustics.
Keyword Infrared systems
School-age children
Classroom acoustics
Sound-field amplification
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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