Sound Masking Blog


The "Sound Masking Blog" aims to educate, engage and converse with readers on sound masking and acoustics.

Are Your Noise Control Solutions (Not) Working?

Tackling acoustic problems is challenging for many organizations. How do you know if you have issues with speech privacy and noise control? What should you do about it? When should you implement solut...
Posted on: October 31, 2016

The Realities of Working in the New Open Office Plan

If you’ve started working in a completely open, partition-free workspace (aka “the new open plan” though it bears an eerie resemblance to 1920s offices), you’ve no doubt also begun to experience its p...
Posted on: August 29, 2016

What Kind of Noise Annoys an Interferometer?

(Many thanks to NOVA’s Kate Becker for the title to this post...) By now, you’ve no doubt heard the news that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detected gravitational wave...
Posted on: March 11, 2016

Can I Spot Treat with Sound Masking?

Clients sometimes ask if they can install sound masking in a particular area within their facility. Usually, it’s due to a concern about an acoustical issue that’s more obvious – for example, an occup...
Posted on: February 12, 2016

The End of an Era

It’s with excitement (and, admittedly, a slight pang of nostalgia) that we announced the discontinuation of our AccuMask Sound Masking System today – and, with it, the end of our involvement with the ...
Posted on: November 30, 2015

Hearing & Healing

Last week, Healthcare Design and Contract magazines – in Partnership with the Center for Health Design – announced the winners of The Nightingale Awards from the 2015 Healthcare Design Conference (HCD...
Posted on: November 24, 2015

Sound Masking vs. Sound Making

I recently attended a tradeshow and was surprised to meet a number of building professionals who didn’t realize that a sound masking system must be properly adjusted for each facility. Unfortunately, ...
Posted on: April 13, 2015

What’s Old is New Again

In her well-researched exploration of the effects of the open office on workplace privacy and productivity (“The Open-Office Trap,” The New Yorker, January 7, 2014), Maria Konnikova points out that th...
Posted on: February 06, 2015

Top 10 Ways to Reduce Noise in Hospitals

If you've stayed overnight in a hospital, you can probably recall how noise affected your experience. Whatever the sources – chirping alarms, nurses going about their tasks, neighboring patients’ conv...
Posted on: January 16, 2015

Soundly Grounded

I recently read a brief, but fascinating article in Wired called “Clever Landscaping That Bounces Plane Noise Back Into the Sky” (June 2014). Airport noise is a global issue, but apparently it’s a par...
Posted on: July 25, 2014

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