College Of Arts and Sciences | Hear No "Evil"
E105 | 0125 | Humes, L.
The primary objective of this course is to teach students about human
hearing and help them to become critical evaluators of contemporary
research, especially behavioral research conducted with human
beings. Hearing science is used as the subject matter through which
students will develop these critical evaluation skills. Along the
way, students will learn a little bit about physics (acoustics),
anatomy and physiology (within the auditory system) and auditory
perception. Approximately the first half of the course is devoted to
background material in hearing science with the hope of providing
students with a sufficient knowledge base that can be used in reading
articles later in the semester. The next major unit is devoted to
the acquisition of vocabulary and basic information pertaining to
research strategies used in the study of the effects of noise on
hearing. In the final unit, students will apply the knowledge
acquired in the first two units to critically analyze a series of
research articles on the effects of loud music on hearing.
More specifically, the following objectives have been identified for
1. To learn more about sound as a physical phenomenon;
2. To understand basic auditory anatomy and the physiological
encoding of sound by humans;
3. To acquire knowledge about a variety of perceptual sensations
associated with sound such as pitch, loudness and masking;
4. To develop skills in analyzing research articles on the
effects of noise on hearing through the identification of independent
and dependent variables, types of research designs, strengths and
weaknesses associated with various designs, and basic use of graphs
and statistics in the presentation of research results; and
5. To apply the knowledge and critical analysis skills acquired
in this course to the controversy surrounding prolonged listening to
loud music---does it damage one’s hearing?