Sound Field System Fast Facts

“Hearing is the primary channel for learning. The more children hear, the better they learn.” – (Dr. Mark Ross, University of Connecticut)

  • Students spend a majority of their school day engaged in listening activities.
  • Approximately 85% of all primary grade instruction is auditory
  • Research documents that reading skills are developed in the auditory cortex portion of the brain
  • Today’s classrooms are noisy: heating/ventilation, aquariums, computer fans/printers, multiple activities, sub-groups in different activities, hall noise, etc.
  • Poor acoustical conditions in classrooms interfere with a student’s development of spoken language, reading, writing and overall academic performance
  • If a child can hear better, they have a better opportunity to learn (Rossenberg et’ al, 1999)
  • Children do not have the ability to process auditory information the same as adults do.
  • The auditory network of a child’s brain is not fully mature until age 15.
  • Classroom amplification increases learning for all children without changing curricula or teaching methodology – (Dr. Carol Flexer, Univ. of Akron)
  • National PTA Resolution in 2007: Endorsed classroom sound field system technology as benefiting all teachers and students providing a cost-effective savings and encouraged all school systems to integrate into every classroom

The research is conclusive: 60+ studies over the past 20 years documented benefits include:

  • Test scores increase
  • Provides evidence-based outcomes for NCLB compliance
  • Increased literacy and academic achievement
  • Reduced teacher fatigue and absences
  • Discipline problems decrease
  • Student time on task increases
  • Special Education referrals decrease
  • Ranked as one of the Top Ten returns on investment for classroom technology expenditures (Technology & Learning, 2004)

We wouldn’t think of building a school w/out adequate lighting . . .

Adequate hearing is not a luxury!