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Speech Banana
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Great ideaWhen discussing the Speech Banana with parents, use this version to plot their child's audiogram results  - or encourage them to plot the responses! They will see first-hand what speech and environmental sounds their child can hear.

Sound fileI'm a Speech Banana (mp3), by Christine Barton, FIRST YEARS student and co-developer of TuneUps, winner of Therapy Times’ 2009 Most Valuable Product
I'm a Speech Banana: lyrics

Every sound measured has a particular frequency and amplitude. On this audiogram you can see the frequency and amplitude of a variety of common sounds.
Speech banana - the range of frequency and amplitude (pitch and loudness) of average conversational speech
Loudness Levels of Common Sounds (in decibels)
-10 dB
10 dB
20 dB
40-60 dB
Leaves rustling
Breathing
Whisper
Conversation
80 dB
90 dB
110 dB
Rush hour traffic
Food blender
Chain Saw
120 dB
120 dB
140 dB
Rock band
Airport
Shotgun blast

Graphics adapted from: Where do we go from Hear? Retrieved June 2007 from http://www.gohear.org/tech/audio.html
Bobby WorldWide Approved 508
Alexander Graham Bell Association | UNC-CH Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences

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