University of Edinburgh

Improving the Listening Environment for Deaf Children in Educational Settings

Presented on Tuesday 13 May 2010


At a time when many Local Authorities are planning the building of new schools or refurbishing existing ones, we provided an opportunity to learn how to make use of the NDCS Acoustic Toolkit when designing teaching environments. The day also improved understanding of what makes a good listening environment by making use of acoustic labs of the Built Environment Department of Heriot Watt University where participants experienced very high and low reverberations plus the simulation of different seat positions in rooms with good and poor acoustics. 

Target Audience: Teachers of the Deaf, Audiologists, Building planners and any others involved in acoustics planning.

Presenters: Carole Torrance, SSC CPD Organiser in Deaf Education, Scottish Sensory Centre
Richard Vaughan, Customer Support Manager, Connevans Limited
Peter Grayson, Sheffield City Council
Dr Laurent Galbrun, Lecturer in Acoustics, Heriot-Watt University


10.20 am Introduction to the day, Carole Torrance