Schools are full of sound

Classroom. Project: School in Helsingborg. Photo: Georg van der Weyden.

Speech dominates in the majority of learning situations. Hearing and being heard are therefore of vital importance. At the same time, studies show that talking is the most disturbing source of noise in our schools. Teachers and pupils become distracted, sensitive to sound, tired and tense after a day’s work or study, ending up with a headache and feeling irritated. Studies also show that noise levels in schools affect the heart rate (pulse) of teachers and so their stress levels. In some cases, sound levels are so high that they can lead to permanent damage to hearing.
 
Talking loudly for a long time can cause chronic problems with the vocal cords. Some rooms and activities are noisier than others. Gymnasiums and sports halls, workshops, playrooms in kindergartens and school canteens are often singled out in surveys. A poor sound environment and difficulty hearing not only reduce the quality of the teaching. Such conditions also have a negative physical and mental impact on pupils and staff, creating a working environment that is far from ideal.
 
Remember

Remember:
  • Speech dominates in the majority of learning situations
  • Hearing and being heard is important
  • Talking is the most disturbing source of noise in our schools
  • It has been shown that noise levels in schools affect the heart rate (pulse) of teachers and so their stress levels
  • In some cases sound levels are so high that they can lead to chronic health problems