A big thank you to the hard work of Drs. Simone Graetzer and Pasquale Bottalico in the successful submission of a small seed grant from the Trifecta Initiative. We also look forward to collaborating with Dr. Lalita Upda, from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Project Description: This project will develop a low-cost device capable of determining the optimal noise threshold for a given environment and providing visual feedback for the class to respond to. The goal is to promote a healthy self-regulation of noise output by hearing and hearing-impaired persons. Unlike a sound level meter, this device will be able to distinguish between background noise and the voice of a teacher or other main talker and only present the background noise. Gaining this control also involves an educational process for pupils regarding noise perception by means of visual cues.
(l-r Hunter, Bottalico, Graetzer, and Upda)