This past weekend my roommate and I took a trip to the museum district in Houston. She is a speech pathology major, so we figured the Biorhythm exhibit would be a great learning opportunity for both of us. Upon entering the exhibit, we were quite underwhelmed. Not only was there not much to look at or read about, many of the “interactive” exhibits were not properly functioning. It was quite disappointing, to say the least.
However, there was a light at the end of the tunnel.
In the “year-round” exhibit there were rooms that included information about major systems or organs of the body such as the skeletal system, brain, and even a colon you could crawl through (no thanks!). There was, however, a room that was all about ears and sound. We saw the evolution of hearing aids and learned that Emily could scream at approximately 108 decibels according to the meter on the not-so-soundproof room that was provided. There was a display of bones in the ear, and if you’ve never seen an “ear bone” (yes, they exist), they are tiny. I learned about the complexity of the inner structure of human ears, and how one small damage or mutation could result in hearing loss. From this exhibit, I took away the knowledge of just how delicate the human ear truly is and became more cautious to protect my hearing. Current technologies allow us to blast our music from headphones into our ears, attend concerts so loud that it feels as if your organs are pulsating, or even just work in places such as a plant where the machinery is deafening. Taking these factors into consideration as a music educator, I feel it is my duty to educate my students on how to protect their hearing and why it is important for them to do so.