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Teacher Masks and the Need for Audio Enhancement

How does wearing a mask affect classroom communication?

Audio Enhancement conducted research to understand how wearing a mask would affect communication in the classroom. The study was conducted with a video camera and real-time analyzer/sound level meter positioned 25 feet from the speaker to test what a student sitting furthest from the teacher would hear. The results show there is a significant difference in the quality of the teacher’s voice when he or she wears a mask. From a student listener’s perspective, masks interfere with the teacher’s ability to communicate effectively.

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