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New Infographic Available on Good Classroom Acoustics

ANSI/ASA S12.60-2010 Acoustical Performance Criteria, Design Requirements, and Guidelines for Schools

3/4/2021 6:36:56 PM

Students who benefit from amplification to access their education will be meeting new challenges as they go back into the classroom. New air exchange system noise can be louder than the teacher’s voice, especially with masking requirements. The infographics were designed for school administrators, educational audiologists, and teachers of deaf/hard of hearing to review and use as they check on classroom acoustics.

ASL version

If you are DeafBlind or prefer to watch the video in a slow-paced, high contrast format, watch the DeafBlind friendlier ASL version instead.

English version

Parents have ideas! School boards make decisions based on those ideas. The infographic about classroom acoustical standards is a result of one parent’s concern about high classroom noise levels and a history of people who take action to address the problem.

The classroom acoustical standards infographic (PDF) was developed by

  1. Sarah Schraufnagel, Au.D.,
  2. Peggy Nelson, Ph.D., and
  3. Cheryl DeConde Johnson, Ed.D.

Dr. Schraufnagel and Dr. Johnson are members of the Educational Audiology Association (EAA).

Dr. Nelson and Dr. Johnson were part of the working group that developed the standard, ANSI/ASA S12.60-2010 Acoustical Performance Criteria, Design Requirements, and Guidelines for Schools.

The purpose of developing and sharing these documents is to ensure that the schools of Minnesota continue to meet the ANSI/ASA standards – specifically at a time when school boards are approving upgraded HVAC systems to meet healthy air standards.

This classroom acoustic infographic for Minnesota (PDF) should be shared with school boards, administrators, building managers, and of course, parents.

Learn more about classroom acoustic standards and why they matter at Classroom Acoustical Requirements


The Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing thanks:

Sarah Schraufnagel Au.D., Peggy Nelson, Ph.D., and Cheryl DeConde Johnson, Ed.D, for their work. 

Dawson Moder for ASL talent. 

Daisy Jo Shuda for voiceover.

Keystone Interpreting Solutions for film production.


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