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Hear Here: Long Distance Listening
Hear Here: Long Distance Listening
Photo courtesy Montshire Museum of Science
Loud and Louder
Sounds emitted from a touch-screen monitor challenge visitors to select which sound is louder. Sounds become more difficult to hear as the game progresses. Includes a visual display and a touch vibration pad.

High Pitch, Low Pitch
Sounds emitted from a touch-screen monitor challenge visitors to select which sound is higher or lower in pitch. Comparisons become more difficult as the game progresses. Includes a visual display and a touch vibration pad.

Vibration Station
By turning a knob that's connected to an oscillator box, visitors can vary the pitch of a sound. Visitors can also match everyday sounds to their frequencies. A frequency read-out identifies the actual location on the sine wave.

Seeing Your Voice
Visitors use a microphone that transcribes the human voice to a sound frequency spectrum on a computer screen. Includes a touch vibration pad.

Voice Music
Visitors can play with the sound of their voices by humming or speaking a phrase. The sound can be played back at different pitches.

Make a Movie Soundtrack
A film loop repeats while the player manipulates sounds to provide background and to describe the action taking place in the film.

Hear Here: Cricket In the Kitchen
Hear Here: Cricket In the Kitchen
Photo courtesy Montshire Museum of Discovery
Cricket in the Kitchen
Entering a model kitchen, the visitors can hear the sounds of a cat and a cricket. After locating these sounds, they can remove the sound discs creating these hidden noises, and hide them in a new location for the next person. This is a great group activity! The kitchen environment can be enhanced by adding accessories commonly found in homes in your community.

What's That Sound? By listening to various sounds without visual clues, visitors can discover the importance that images play in our identification of certain sounds.

Hearing Without Understanding
Visitors sit across from one another at a table with two microphones. As they take turns reading from a book of fun poems, they can turn a knob to reduce the high frequencies in each other's voices. Without the higher frequencies, it becomes difficult to understand speech.

What's That You Said?
While watching a silent film of people speaking, visitors can select one of three possible statements that were spoken by the actors. The correct phrase can be identified with the push of a button.


Sign Language
Many people are unaware that there is a difference between American Sign Language and "signed English." Video and photographs illustrate the differences and similarities between the two as visitors attempt to match what is being signed to a list of possible phrases.


Long Distance Listening
In this exhibition, visitors are dwarfed by an immense assemblage of tubes. As users speak or shout into these tubes of varying lengths they can compare how long it takes for the sound to reach their ears.


Hear Today/Hear To Stay
An interpretive kiosk explains how listening to loud sounds can damage hearing. Graphics of healthy and unhealthy ears are included. Speech and music with higher frequencies removed simulate the effect of hearing loss caused by constant exposure to loud sounds.
 
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