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Spread the Word: October is National Protect Your Hearing Month
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We are surrounded by many different sounds; soft noises that are not harmful and loud noises that can cause permanent damage to our ears. Many are unaware that once your hearing is damaged, there is no full recovery. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, about 20 percent of Americans (48 million) report some degree of hearing loss. It is not too late to start protecting your hearing. Follow these easy steps. Wear earplugs [...]
October 11, 2017
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Sound Part four: Part four of our technical notes will explain noise and the effects of noise pollution. You want your home to be an oasis, a place where your family can relax and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Would you like to hear your noisy neighbors blaring their radio for the third time of the week while in your own home? My guess is most likely not; it’s a [...]
August 21, 2017
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Sound Part One:  Acoustics and noise control play an important role in modern buildings. SAS is releasing the first part of five series on basic acoustic technical information. The series will consist of basic knowledge pertaining to sound. The information provided will serve as a basis for the determination, selection, and specification of products and systems, more suitable for noise and vibration control. What is Sound? A sound is a mechanical wave that results from [...]
August 1, 2017
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Not all Acoustical Duct Liners are the Same- Check Before You Install!
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While many acoustic materials “look” right for the job, there are considerations that need to be taken when specifying materials for lining a duct, because there is a wide variety of products that can be used for acoustical duct liners. Reducing noise carried through ductwork is a vital function to help create a more productive work, living and learning environments. Effective noise reduction in ducts calls for an integrated strategy of good mechanical layout, vibration [...]
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In the study of sound, there are words that are used that by Architects, Engineers, Builders and Acoustical Consultants. The list below will help in the understanding of products and their ability to affect sound. ● Acoustic: It is the science of sound, including its production, transmission and effects. The sound that surrounds us is referred to as the acoustic environment. This medium can be pleasurable with desired sounds or polluted with unwanted sounds. ● [...]
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It is often said that sound escapes much like water, if there is a crack or hole, sound will escape. Preventing this sound from escaping can be solved with a number of solutions and products on the market. One of the more simple ways to reduce sound penetrating a wall is to add a product such as Silent Wrap. This mass loaded vinyl product is an effective sound barrier. During the construction phase of a [...]
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Several years ago, I was a guest at a hotel in Japan.  In my room, I read the multi-language Warning Label on the built-in hairdryer:  “Do not use for the other purpose.”  This still makes me chuckle to this day -- something went amiss in the translation.  The wording is close enough that we can infer what the writer meant: The hair dryer is only to be used for drying hair.  The humor results from [...]
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Finding the perfect home can seem like an impossible challenge and one that usually ends up in a number of compromises. Most aspects of a home can be fixed such as landscaping, wall color or flooring can all be changed. Although factors beyond our control cannot be changed. Factors such as flight patterns from an airport, highways and rail lines. If you are looking to buy a home and noise is a priority, here are [...]
April 10, 2015
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Noise pollution is a serious issue that can have severe consequences on health. Noise pollution can affect the human body mainly in three different ways, Physical, Physiological and Psychological. Physical effects of noise pollution are direct effects on a person’s health such as hearing loss or tinnitus. Most experts agree that exposure to sound more than 85 dB for hours is potentially dangerous.  And it is estimated that 30 million Americans are exposed to dangerous [...]
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Formaldehyde is a very common chemical ingredient in many manufacturing processes. It is used in producing such products as paper, shampoo, nail polish along with glues when making plywood, MDF and acoustic fiberglass board. It should also be pointed out that formaldehyde occurs naturally in the human body and within our food. Formaldehyde is an extremely cost-effective additive that is fast curing proving excellent dimensional stability and flame resistance. Although more recently, formaldehyde has been linked to [...]
February 3, 2015
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