Classroom Soundfield System

What is a Soundfield system?

A Soundfield system, is similar to a personal listening device, however in this set-up instead of the child wearing a personal receiver (headphones or ear-level device) the speaker’s voice is transmitted to a speaker which amplifies the message to the room (i.e. classroom). The teacher is still required to wear a small microphone.

At Little Ears we recommend the Phonak Digimaster Soundfield System. This system uses digital and dynamic technology. Dynamic technology refers to the devices ability to monitor the background noise level in the classroom and adjust the gain (volume) applied to the teacher’s voice accordingly.

Sound stickFurther, Phonak has developed a single array of 12 speakers which projects the teacher’s voice in a horizontal plane rather than vertical like other systems. This reduces reverberation thereby allowing for lower volume levels to achieve clarity and better outcomes. Older traditional speakers project sound in a cone shape which then reverberates off of ceilings, floors and walls as well as into the classroom. Increased volume is required to deliver the signal due to the need to overcome reverberation.

The teacher’s transmitter “Touchscreen” is intuitive (similar to a smartphone), has a small group mode and can be used with multi-media devices (e.g. watching videos through interactive whiteboards etc.).

When is a Soundfield system recommended?

Background noise, distance between the teacher and your child and poor room acoustics can all negatively impact a child’s ability to detect and understand their teacher in the classroom. Students must be able to hear their teacher well in class for successful learning.

A Soundfield System amplifies the teacher’s voice to a comfortably level above any background noise to ensure all children in the class can hear well. Background noise has also been shown to reduce in classroom where a soundfield system is used.

Can a Soundfield system also be used with a personal listening device?

Phonak Soundfield systems may also be used with Phonak personal receivers for children who require extra benefit to hear and maintain their attention in reverberant rooms. Here the teacher wears the transmitter which amplifies his/her voice to both a classroom speaker and to a child’s personal receiver.

How do I purchase a Soundfield system?

Please contact us for information regarding the purchase of a soundfield system. The type and size of system you need is dependent on the size of your classroom.

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COVID-19 Update

At All Ears & Speech our priority is to ensure the health and well-being of our team and valued clients. We understand the significant impact the Coronavirus is having on everyone and that this is one of the biggest challenges we have all faced. We are in this together and our thoughts and best wishes are with you and your families during this time.

Whilst our practice activities have slowed significantly, our team remains able to assist you with your hearing and speech healthcare. We have reduced our clinical hours, further strengthened our already exemplary hygiene practices and our Speech Pathologists are now primarily providing services online using TeleHealth. 

From the 1st April 2020, we have put the following additional safeguards in place to ensure everyone’s well-being and that our business can continue to look after you and your family.

  • Our administration team will work remotely during the day and attend clinic outside normal clinic hours. This is to minimise contact between clinicians, clients and our admin team. Should at any stage someone be exposed to Coronavirus our risk of transmitting the infection to others is significantly reduced. Kindly leave a message on our answering machine and rest assured we will return your call as soon as possible

  • For NEW CLIENTS – we are here to help and answer any questions you may have regarding your hearing, your child’s hearing or your child’s speech and language development. We can offer initial consults over the phone or via TeleHealth (videoconferencing) to assist. We can then determine whether we need to see you in person urgently or whether we can provide you with services via TeleHealth or other resources to help you in the interim. Again, please leave a message on our answering machine or email us on reception@allearsandspeech.com.au and we will get back to you asap.

  • For clients with URGENT REFERRALS from Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists or other medical practitioners we will see you should you pass our COVID19 questionnaire. As per government regulations we will not see anyone who has: 

    1. travelled interstate or overseas without self-isolating for 14 days

    2. anyone unwell (fever, sore throat, respiratory difficulties)

    3. anyone who has been in contact with someone who has travelled or who may have been exposed to COVID19

We will be offering complimentary online resources and short videos to improve children’s listening, learning, speech and language development during this time. 

For our adult clients we will be providing auditory training resources to make the most of your devices, and lots of information about hearing loss and the various technologies available. Our team are excited to be updating and sharing these resources with you. As always, any feedback, or suggestions on topics that you would like covered will be warmly received.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all our clients for your emails, phone calls and supportive comments during this time. These have been so encouraging and brightened our day. Our clients will continue to remain our priority and we can not thank you enough for choosing us as your service provider. 

On behalf of the team at All Ears & Speech please stay safe and healthy.

Nicole Eglinton

Proud Director of the best team of Audiologists & Speech Pathologist in SA