Online Course Detail


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 are reviewed.

This is a Recorded Course which requires either a Windows-based computer or a Mac with speakers/headphones to view. More information is available in the FAQs/Help section.

Length: 60 minutes

Cost: Free to View

Course Objectives:

  • 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.

Course Instructor(s):
Donna Sorkin, M.A., Vice President, Consumer Affairs at Cochlear Americas