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Cotton wool buds

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Cotton wool buds.

Attention when cleaning ears: Cotton wool buds must not be pushed too far into the ear canal as this can injure the eardrum.

Information and ideas:
Use picture to start discussion on the topic of "Health care" and specifically "How to take care of ears".

Relevant for teaching:
Personal health care

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Car

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Car as typical source of sound and noise in traffic.

A car in normal town traffic produces about 80 decibels.

Information and ideas:
Use picture to introduce topic or for illustration purposes.

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The Ear, Hearing and Hearing Impairment: Speech as highly complex sound signal

Graphic:
Oscillographic curve of the spoken sentence "It's raining cats and dogs".

Speech sounds are fluctuating sound signals where the composition of frequencies changes all the time.
Aperiodical overlap periodical parts. Unlike noises, some of which have similar frequency curves, sound in speech is always the carrier of meaning or of messages sent out by the speaker. Other noises like smacking of lips, hissing, rhythms, basic pitch are typical of the individual (acoustic fingerprint) but not essential for the speech content!

Information and ideas:
Supplementary to worksheets and transparencies.

Relevant for teaching:
Sound/acoustics: parameters
Vibrations and waves
Communication and understanding

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The Ear, Hearing and Hearing Impairment; Teaching unit: From the drum to the eardrum: Resonance body piano

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Grand piano and piano are good examples of the great significance of resonance bodies with regard to volume and sound.

The frame and the air in the piano vibrate in resonance with the string that has just been struck. Whereas the more modern grand piano "fills" whole concert halls, its historical predecessor, the spinet, is just loud enough for the living-room. Apart from the volume the tone colour of the spinet is also much thinner. This comparison makes the importance of the resonance body very clear - both generally in the production of sound and specifically in music.

Information and ideas:
A practical example from the field of music shows how important the subjects of Physics and Acoustics are for the world of art and communication.

Relevant for teaching:
Sound/acoustics: parameters
Vibrations and waves

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The Ear, Hearing and Hearing Impairment: Police car

Photo:
Police car as typical road user.

Information and ideas:
Use picture to start discussion or for illustration purposes.

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Motorbike

Photo:
Motorcyclist as typical road user.

Above all, when motorbikes drive fast, they become loud road users, with levels of up to 80 decibels being recorded.

Information and ideas:
Use picture to start discussion or for illustration purposes.

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Frequency differentiation in the uncurled cochlea

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High-pitched tones are heard in the front part of the cochlea, low tones are heard in the back part.

As the sense of hearing is able to differentiate locations of the nerves, it is able to recognize the frequencies.

Information and ideas:
This graphic is good for creating a link between the topics of "Sound? and "Hearing?.
Further information regarding this graphic is available as information sheet on the media portal of the Siemens Stiftung.

Relevant for teaching:
Perception of sound
Human hearing ability
Communication and understanding
The human body
Structure and functions of a sensory organ

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Entire ear section (b/w)

Unlabeled graphic:
Simple black and white cross-section of ear. For worksheets, printouts etc.

With the help of this graphic the most important functional areas of the ear and their significance in the hearing process can be explained.

Information and ideas:
The teacher can label the graphic together with the students on the computer screen or get the students to label it themselves either on a printout or at the computer screen.

Relevant for teaching:
The human body
Structure and function of a sensory organ

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Die Organe im Körper

Grafik, beschriftet:Abbildung der Organe im Körper.Organe erfüllen bestimmt Aufgaben in unserem Körper. Das Gehirn ist die "Schaltzentrale" des Körpers. Das Herz pumpt Blut durch die Adern in alle Teile unseres Körpers. In der Lunge wird der von allen Körperzellen benötigte Sauerstoff aufgenommen. Darm, Leber und Bauchspeicheldrüse verwerten die Nahrung.

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Das menschliche Skelett

Grafik, beschriftet:Abbildung des menschlichen Skeletts.Knochen, Muskeln und Sehnen geben unserem Körper Halt und Form.