Providing Sound to Local Schools Four years ago our group started a new project that combined my profession of audiology with my passion to serve a community need. The organization added the purchase of one classroom sound field amplification system each year to its other annual donations with the goal of eventually having an ... First Person on the Last Page
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First Person on the Last Page  |   May 01, 2009
Providing Sound to Local Schools
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  • Shannon Van Hyfte, AuD, CCC-A, is a clinical assistant professor at Purdue University. She is an Indiana Early Intervention First Steps service delivery provider with particular interest in serving the birth–3 population. Contact her at svanhyff@purdue.edu.
    Shannon Van Hyfte, AuD, CCC-A, is a clinical assistant professor at Purdue University. She is an Indiana Early Intervention First Steps service delivery provider with particular interest in serving the birth–3 population. Contact her at svanhyff@purdue.edu.×
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First Person on the Last Page   |   May 01, 2009
Providing Sound to Local Schools
The ASHA Leader, May 2009, Vol. 14, 47. doi:10.1044/leader.FPLP.14072009.47
The ASHA Leader, May 2009, Vol. 14, 47. doi:10.1044/leader.FPLP.14072009.47

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Four years ago our group started a new project that combined my profession of audiology with my passion to serve a community need. The organization added the purchase of one classroom sound field amplification system each year to its other annual donations with the goal of eventually having an amplification system in every classroom in the area elementary schools. The classroom choice is based on needs of the students and interest of the teachers.
This project is of particular interest to me as an audiologist and as a mother with children about to enter school. Although I had limited experience with classroom amplification, I was excited to witness the benefits of sound field amplification to students and teachers in my community. I help set up the systems, offer brief training and literature on communication strategies to the teachers, and answer follow-up questions. These systems have made such a remarkable impact that the school has searched for funding through grants and parent-teacher organizations to purchase additional systems.
This project has provided me an opportunity to improve the learning environment for children in my community as well as to support our teachers. The teachers have seen the reward of increased attentiveness and decreased vocal strain. Students have shared with me that it is easier to hear the teacher. In this time of economic struggles, it is rewarding to be a part of an organization that supports educators and students. As an audiologist, I am filled with pride to see my community embrace this technology.
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