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Perforation of the eardrum

Labeled graphic:
Simplified illustration of a perforated eardrum.

A perforated eardrum can occur when foreign bodies, for example, instruments to clean the ears, are stuck in too far or when there are loud bangs near the ear.
Violent blows to the ear can also cause perforation.

Minor tears or perforations can heal up by themselves provided they get the proper treatment. In any case, a doctor should always be consulted!

Information and ideas:
Can be used for illustration purposes on the subject of "Ear diseases" either on transparencies or worksheets. Supposedly "harmless" minor problems can turn into serious damage to the ear.

Relevant for teaching:
Hearing defect/hearing impairment

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The Ear, Hearing and Hearing Impairment: Effects of noise

Schematic diagram:
The graphic shows that - apart from physical effects - sound does not become noise until it reaches the brain.

Noise has effects on the physical and mental health of human beings. What the individual subjectively considers to be noise depends on a number of factors, for example the individual's own mood.

Information and ideas:
Can be used as introduction to topic "What are the effects of noise??.
Can also be used for illustration purposes: individual parts can be covered up (and then gradually uncovered in the course of the lesson).

Relevant for teaching:
Noise: causes, effect, protection

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Abnormal audiometric audibility limit

Chart:
Audiometric audibility limit of a person with hearing impairment compared to an intact sense of hearing shows handicap in speech range.

The speech range is that range of frequency and loudness where speech communication usually takes place. Within the audiometric audibility limit it is the kidney-shaped range. In our chart it is coloured blue. When, for example, hair cells are damaged in the inner ear and no longer work, the audiometric audibility limit changes. The speech range is affected.

Information and ideas:
An attempt at comparing charts showing normal hearing and reduced hearing can be done by students individually - as homework. It is useful for testing written expression (English) as well as for testing basic skills from Mathematics or Physics (how to interpret a chart, for example).

Relevant for teaching:
Hearing defects/hearing impairment
How hearing functions
Sound/acoustics

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Normal audiometric audibility limit

Chart:
Audiometric audibility limit of a person with normal hearing with typical frequency and loudness ranges for speech and music.

The speech range is that range of frequency and loudness where speech communication usually takes place. Within the audiometric audibility limit it is the kidney-shaped range. In our diagram it is coloured blue.

Information and ideas:
An attempt at comparing diagrams showing normal hearing and reduced hearing can be done by students individually - as homework. It is useful for testing written expression (English) as well as for testing basic skills from Mathematics or Physics (how to interpret a diagram, for example).

Relevant for teaching:
Hearing defects/hearing impairment
How hearing functions
Sound/acoustics

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Phase diagram of water

Diagram:
A P-T diagram for pure water. The lines indicate the temperature and the pressure at which the solid, liquid, and vapor phases exist in equilibrium. All three phases exist in equilibrium only at the triple point; otherwise, there are a maximum of two phases.

In addition to the equilibrium curves (melting pressure curve, sublimation curve, vapor pressure curve), the diagram also includes the pressure and temperature data for the melting, boiling, triple, and critical points.
Attention: The axes of the diagram are not shown true to scale.

Information and ideas:
This diagram also reflects the density anomaly of water (lower density in the solid state than in the liquid state): The melting pressure curve shows a negative slope. The reason for the density anomaly is the hydrogen bonds.

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Injuries to the ear through violence

Photo:
"Ouch!" Pulling at somebody's ears not only hurts, it can be dangerous and injure the ear both internally and externally!

Do not pull hard at somebody's ears or clip anyone round the ears because that can damage the sensitive ear.

Information and ideas:
A situation that can be observed in the school playground or at a children's playground. The photo can be used to start talking about the topic of how to protect the ears.

Possible questions:
What am I allowed to do to my ears?
What should I not do?
Why can a joke end up having serious consequences?

Relevant for teaching:
Hearing defects, hearing impairment
Personal health care

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; ; ;: Child with hearing aid

Graphic:
A boy and girl sitting at desks; the girl is wearing a hearing aid.

From the 2009 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities we can derive that children with and without disabilities should be taught together.
The graphic can serve as an example of how technical aids can be used in the case of disabilities.

Information and ideas:
Use graphic as introduction to topic of hearing damage. A handicap is visible to everyone (see hearing aid, compare with armband worn by the blind.)

Relevant for teaching:
Hearing damage, hearing impairment
How hearing works
Sound transduction
Impairment of sensory organs

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Speech signal - individual word

Chart:
Screenshot of the oscillographic curve of the spoken word "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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Speech recognition sentence - syllable - phoneme

Chart:
The components of speech, from phoneme to sentence presented visually.

The graphic shows the oscilloscope curve of the spoken sentence "It?s raining cats and dogs" and excerpts from the units from which speech is composed: sentence, word, phoneme.

Information and ideas:
Speech recognition and speech synthesis are very topical themes in the field of information and communication technology.
Further information on this graphic is available as information sheet on the media portal of the Siemens Stiftung.

Relevant for teaching:
The human body
Structure and function of a sense organ
Reception of impulses and information transmission
Sensory perception

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How long will our energy sources last?

Chart:
A bar chart shows an overview of the remaining years of use of primary energy sources.

Of the fossil energy sources, petroleum will be the first to run out. What is the situation for the other fossil energy sources? Can new technologies delay the point in time when they run out? And is it really true that renewable energy sources never run out?
The time axis has a logarithmic scale.

Information and ideas:
Students learn that the logarithmic scale represents numbers ranging over several powers. More in-depth information regarding how long energy sources will last is provided in the "An overview of energy sources? information sheet.


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