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Auditory Acuity


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Auditory Acuity

This activity (8th activity on the page) tests learners' ability to identify things using only the sense of hearing. A blindfolded learner listens as another learner approaches him holding a ticking watch from different angles. Learners will record the distance it takes for the learner to hear the ticking sound. Learners will also examine how covering one or both of the ears affects their ability to hear. This activity page includes a link to background information about the ear and hearing.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Stop watch or ticking watch
  • Paper and pencil for recording angles and distances
  • Blindfold
  • Tool for measuring angles (optional)

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
    • Measurement
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • hear
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Chudler, Ph.D., Eric H.

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Eric H. Chudler, ©2009

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