Literacy 7-12

Systems Change

Sound Level


Providing ways for students to adjust sound level supports individual auditory needs. Simple solutions such as carpets, curtains, doors, windows, rubber shoes on furniture legs can help reduce background noise levels and improve classroom acoustics.

Use It in the Classroom

Learn how this school tried different ways to manage sound levels in their classrooms. This video compares treated and untreated classrooms, showing how different classroom designs can impact the acoustics.

  • Research shows that the inability to hear sounds correctly can result in a student not being able to notice differences in words and word parts important for understanding directions, content, and learning. To allow for varied levels of auditory support, a teacher can allow for students to choose how close they sit to their teachers during all-class time, as well as provide spaces where students can work individually and in groups. Such learning spaces also support students in developing Self-regulation skills.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Watch how a teacher can use an FM Transmitter to provide additional auditory support for sound level in the classroom. Developers can consider providing this kind of audio control in their products to support learning.

  • Students who require additional auditory support to help with Auditory Processing can use assistive technologies that send the teacher's voice directly to a student hearing aid.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy