Sound Masking Solutions
Sound masking allows you to use digital devices to add sound to your environment through hidden speakers to create confidentiality or reduce noise distraction where you need it most. The type of sound generated by sound masking technology is discreet, random, and provides no decipherable information about the system to listeners. We provide systems from 2 manufacturers depending on the level of masking you are trying to achieve.
How Does It Work?
Sound masking allows you to increase the ambient noise level in an area, which masks speech and diminishes sound distraction. While adding more sound to mask existing sounds seems contrary to what we might think, ambient sounds actually makes a room seem more quiet. This additional sound at just the right frequency makes certain tones, like human speech, less distinguishable.
We’ve all experienced sound masking at one time or another. Maybe you’ve flown on a plane, and you’ve noticed how it’s only easy to really hear and understand the person next to you. The ambient sound made by the forced air systems in the plane masks the sounds of other talking passengers around you. Perhaps you’ve tried to have a conversation with someone in a place where there’s running water, like a kitchen sink. The sound of the running water (the ambient sound in this example) makes it a challenge to hear and understand a person who is across the room.
What Does It Sound Like?
When installed and used as intended, sound masking doesn’t really sound like anything. If it can be compared to a sound, it’s similar to gently forced air. Sound masking should be non-invasive and establish speech privacy.