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UNC Professors to Present During Grand Opening of Museum Exhibit They Co-Developed

Don Finan working on interactive ear of mannequin

January 10, 2018

Above: The completed Science of Sound exhibit at the Musical Instrument Museum. Photo courtesy of MIM

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University of Northern Colorado professors Don Finan and Deanna Meinke will present at the Musical Instrument Museum during the grand opening of the Science of Sound exhibit that the two faculty members co-developed with the museum and 3M, Jan. 20-21 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Finan will address the common bond of resonance in spoken voice and musical instruments. Meinke’s session will focus on technology to enhance music listening and protect hearing at the same time.

The UNC Audiology & Speech-Language Science professors collaborated with the museum and 3M on the permanent Science of Sound exhibit. It features an interactive mannequin that allows visitors to measure the sound level at which they typically listen to music and then informs them of safe-listening time per day based on that sound level (for more about their work on the exhibit, .)

Since 2007, Finan, Meinke and their students have built mannequins equipped with sound-level meters and realistic silicone ears to measure the sound produced by personal music players. They have taken the mannequins to classrooms and health fairs to raise awareness and promote prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. The mannequins have also been produced for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Health System (NHS) in London, UK.

For more information about the event, visit mim.org/events/discover-science-at-mim

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