Gain More Office Productivity With Sound Masking
Sound Masking is the addition of an unstructured sound to an environment that fills in the sound spectrum and makes the structured sound of human speech less intelligible. Usually it’s an unintrusive sound like airflow, similar to a typical modern HVAC system.
Like light, sound is a wave and spreads out in all directions from a source. Hard surfaces reflect it, walls block it, and soft surfaces absorb it. Other sounds can cover it up. But unimpeded, sound can travel pretty far.
Ever hear the saying, “it’s so quiet you could hear a pin drop?” The reason you can “hear a pin drop” is because there’s nothing to impede the sound from being heard.
Sound Masking vs Sound Cancellation
Sound masking (or “white noise”) is often confused with sound cancellation. They are not the same thing, though this is a common mistake. People often think of sound masking as if it were something like the “Cone of Silence”. Whenever someone was speaking in “the cone of silence,” the theory was that no one outside the cone could hear it very well. Unfortunately, it never really worked – with comical results!
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