Sound Masking refers to a process where a background type of noise is uniformly dispersed in a space. The noise is designed to cut down on the ability for people to intentionally or inadvertently hear what other people are saying to each other or on the telephone.
The concept behind sound masking is that human voices fall into a certain spectrum of audible frequencies. If you add sound in an appropriate frequency compatible with those vocal frequencies, human hearing and brain processing make it difficult to distinguish and articulate those voices. Essentially, you’re raising the noise floor in a signal-to-noise ratio situation.
Studies have shown that, when sidetracked, it takes employees a fair amount of time to get back on track. In the past several years many offices have moved to open office plans, and as a result sound travels and distractions occur when a sound masking solution isn’t implemented.
Many believe that sound masking involved reducing noise, when in reality it is used to introduce news into environments that reduce distractions. These systems can also be built into larger solutions that can provide things like background music and paging.
In the above video interview, David Smith of Lencore expands on how valuable sound masking solutions can be in different environments. He explains why technology managers, who often overlook these systems, should pay more attention to their sound masking implementations.
He also discusses the recent acquisition of Lencore. Back in early March, Emmis Communications Corporation announced the acquisition of the sound masking business of Lencore Acoustics Corporation, and David Smith discusses what that means for the future of Lencore. Specifically, he discusses how excited and hopeful the Lencore staff is for the kind of opportunities the acquisition provides to the team and the company.
Check out the video above to learn more.