Teachers & Parents

Educator Resource Guide

The guide is an illustrated, (8.5 x 11 and 105 pages) K-12 classroom supplement with hands-on activities, background information, and experiments. Activities cover the anatomy and physiology of hearing, how to prevent noise-induced hearing loss, and the physics of sound. 

Table of Contents:

  • Why Teach About Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?
  • Behavior-Related Objectives
  • Integrating Dangerous Decibels into Science Curriculum
    • The Science of Sound, Hearing, and Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: Background Information for the Teacher
    • Physics of Sound
    • Fun Facts about Sound
    • Anatomy and Physiology of the Ear: The Mechanics of Hearing
    • Causes of Hearing Loss
    • Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
    • How Loud is Too Loud? – Measuring Sound/Decibels
    • How to Use This Resource Guide and its Activities
    • Adapting Activities to Different Grade Levels
  • Classroom Activities
    • Activity 1: Good Vibrations
    • Activity 2: Bend It, Break It
    • Activity 3: Sound Measures
    • Activity 4: How Loud is Too Loud
  • Appendices A – G
    • Glossary
    • Graphics
    • Web Resources

Required Materials

Advanced Prep:

Time Required:

Introducing the Activity:

Classroom Activity:

Class Discussion:


Optional Extensions:



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