Many people talk about the idea of sound masking, but few understand what it means. Sound masking is the technique of adding white noise to a space in order to cover intrusive sounds or conversations. While the hissing of full-spectrum white noise can itself be annoying, a good sound masking system focuses its sound output to produces a barely-noticeable background noise, similar to the gentle "whooshing" sound of a fan or an air conditioner. When sound masking is used effectively, surround conversations are no longer intelligible beyond the immediate area. This is what we call "speech privacy", where speech and conversations are kept private by masking them for people who are not a part of the discussions. Sound masking can also cover unwanted noises like ringing phones or car noise outside. It is important to understand that sound masking is not the same as noise cancellation. While noise cancellation headphones and microphones are available, this technology is not currently practical or cost-effective for private office spaces.
Sound masking systems are used all over the U.S. to improve privacy and sound quality at government agencies, medical facilities and standard office buildings. Sound masking has incredible advantages for any office setting, and especially, in open floor plans with cubicles. Here are two of the top benefits.
Did you know the average office worker loses up to two hours a day to interruptions and distractions? Consider the number of people who bring their headphones to work in an attempt to block outside sound! Sound masking can cover all the excess noise and non-related conversations that constantly bombard cubical workers. This can increase productivity in the office and decrease the stress of your workers.
Have you ever overheard a conversation that you knew you shouldn't have? Weather the head of HR has a voice that carries too well through the paper-thin walls, of the guy in the cubical nest door is trying to make a confidential phone call, sound masking can help create speech privacy. A quality speech privacy system can create two different zones or areas of white noise, one in the offices and the other in the open space, to effectively mask conversations without noise build up in smaller offices. The effective use of white noise in a work place blocks background conversations and distractions, increasing concentration and productivity. Office-wide speech privacy systems provide effective privacy and confidentiality, while decreasing office distractions.
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