What are the best products that can filter out noise?
Question by Joseph Videtto /

In the schools I work in, at times, there are teachers who have trouble keeping the class quiet (especially the special ed kids – who are being grouped into larger and larger classes because this is ‘least restrictive’ – no speaking of the interactions and corresponding side effects on the teachers and of each other in putting these special ed ADHD, poor impulse control, emotionally disturbed, sensory over-reacting kids in the same room at the same tables).

Just wondering if anyone can suggest the best way to shelter kids from noise in a noisy classroom environment. Any suggestions are appreciated. Ideally, it would be great if there were some sort of earphones that could allow the teachers voice in, but not the other classroom noises generated by the kids. Or even, during work time, a pair of ear plugs or headphone muffs that were really effective at keeping out most of the noise.

Of course, ear phones with ‘easy listening’ music is another option – but then you need to worry about damaging their hearing (if volume levels aren’t monitored properly – which is very likely in classes with 25 to 32 kids). Are there any products you can recommend that easily allow a volume limit set by adults that the kids cannot surpass ?

Any particular product ideas or other ideas are greatly appreciated.

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Answers (6)
  • Swaggrous Emeks

    I think Soundforge 10 pro is the app for you. it comes with a lot of features of which noise gate is one of them. you should find this tool to be very useful

  • Laga Mahesa

    Volume can easily be limited for a specific set of audio files by using Soundforge (or similar) and literally cutting the volume by 50%. Earphones are designed not to easily go higher than a specific volume anyway, and this ensures it.

  • Aska Nag

    If I understand correctly, you need to enable the children to hear in a noisy classroom something that tells them the teacher. Maybe it is worth using system of sound amplification of a voice of the teacher. For example, the teacher says into the microphone, and on the perimeter of the class are located dynamics.
    Best regards!

  • muotechguy

    Noise-cancelling headphones are a thing, but they’re very expensive. This is more a social than technological problem though. Separate the noisy kids into their own classroom!

  • ha14

    5 Volume-Limiting Headphones Designed for Children

  • Junil Maharjan

    Volume level preference depends upon the person listening. its pretty much like salt, some need higher amount than others. so you cannot control the volume for everyone. some students require lower volume level while some may require higher volume level. this depends upon the hearing ability of the student. you can use the headphones and after checking every headphone for volume and putting it in medium that you feel comfortable with, then tape the volume button with black tape. this will not allow them to change the volume level and pretty much keeps the volume on level. hope this is good. i really hope i could do better but this is all i came up with.

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