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Introducing Music 2 My Ears Hearing/Screening Kit

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      The Sound-Makers Include:

Squeeze Ball (vinyl squeaker). 

The Squeeze Ball gives off a slight sound of a whispering breeze.  Hold it with the squeaker hole pointed upward between your index and middle finger with your thumb on the bottom of the ball.  Squeeze fingers and thumb together gently.  You should hear a slight whistle.  The harder the squeeze, the louder the sound is, so keep it gentle to stay within the required dB level. The frequency spectrum is 1750-2400 Hz, measuring 35-39 dB.




The Bell is a small cone-shaped brass bell from India.  For over two years, bells of all shapes and sizes were tested.  This particular style, once fitted with a specific brass “dinger” at a specific length, rang consistently between 37-40 dB with a high frequency spectrum of 5800 Hz. Shake it back and forth two or three times for optimum ringing sound.




The Chick-Ita is universally used to make sand sounds in music.  It is a very small maraca-type instrument precisely designed for consistency.  The pellets falling against the wooden shell gives off a light rustling sound similar to sand in a bottle.  Shake it slightly back and forth a couple of times.  It measures 39-42 dB with a low frequency pattern of 200-1000 Hz.



Bulb Horn. 

The Bulb Horn is specifically for startling newborns or infants.  It can also be used for special needs children.  One good squeeze should be adequate for the needed response.  It can also be used as a double check test when in doubt.  Its’ “goose squawk” sound measures at 69-72 dB.




The “New” Cricket is a beaded shaker rattle that has been modified with strips of felt along the wooden ring.  The preferred sound is for the beads to hit each other and not the wooden ring.  A couple of light shakes with cause the beads to clack together and the felt strips will keep them from hitting the wooden ring.  It measures 37-39 dB with a low frequency pattern of 200-1000Hz.



Stringed Diversion Ball. 

The Diversion Ball is not a sound-maker, but an important part of the hearing/screening system.  It is simply used to divert the child’s attention so that he or she is unaware of the screener’s intention to present sounds for evaluation.  If the child becomes aware of the instruments the screening results can be compromised and should be attempted again later.  IMAG2114



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