What's That Sound?

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This game plays a dozen different sounds, altered to simulate what they would sound like if you had hearing loss. You try to identify which sound is which, trying to overcome the challenge of the different sounds being garbled by your diminished hearing. Once you select the correct answer, you hear the unaltered version of the sound, and can listen again to both versions. The activity opens with a brief explanation of how exposure to loud sounds permanently damages your hearing.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Simulation


Materials List (per student)

  • Computer with internet access


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • use mouse


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



Funding Source:

  • National Institutes of Health, National Center for Research Resources, "Science Education Partnerships Award", R25 RR15634