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Noise
Jobs are an integral part of our lives; they help us to support and provide for our families. Millions of people are exposed to dangerous levels of noise pollution in the workplace and don’t even realize it. Working in an industry that has harmful noise levels above 80-90 decibels (dB) can increase the chances of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Overexposure to harmful noises can also increase the chances of tinnitus, which is ringing or buzzing [...]
Acoustic Solutions for noisy restaurants
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Restaurants provide us opportunities to dine out and enjoy fine cooking while spending time with friends and family. However, there are times when the atmosphere can be noisy. In this blog we discuss acoustic solutions for a noisy restaurant. If you are designing a restaurant space, it is essential to create the right atmosphere because noise can affect a guest’s overall experience. Without having a plan for restaurant acoustics, noise levels can make dining uncomfortable [...]
Acoustic Tricks of Movie Theaters
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Have you ever wonder what acoustic tricks movie theaters employ to enhance the experience? We all love movies and enjoy the sights and sounds of Dolby 5-Channel or XD sound and a 4K visual experience. While recently enjoying a movie, it dawned on me that movie theaters apply some unique acoustic solutions to help enhance the viewing experience. You probably do not think much about it when you plop yourself down in those seats and [...]
Solutions for Noisy Home Gyms and Fitness Facilities
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With it being the New Year fitness centers start to get incredibly busy, and home gyms are now getting built for everyone to lose that extra holiday weight. Whether you are looking to install a home gym or you are building a new public fitness center, there are a handful of design decisions to consider, ranging from what type of machines you need to lose the weight to what type of flooring you want to [...]
Noise
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are a crucial part of any building. Whether it’s a small house, a medium-sized office building, or a large manufacturing facility. HVAC systems often generate unpleasant noise pollution, typically in two distinct ways. Airflow is a big source of noise in HVAC systems. Generally, the noise is produced by a large volume of air generated from fans or blowers, in order to propel air throughout the system. Another [...]
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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Acoustic Treatment
The floor of a room can be a source of sound, and also aid in, the passage of noise into another room. We know that soundproofing a floor can be a tricky situation, as it’s often only considered after a floor is installed. Here are a few tips to take into consideration, before tackling your next soundproofing project. First, identify the type of noise that needs to be treated. Floor soundproofing falls into two types [...]
Noise Education
Sound Part five: Our fifth acoustic technical note will discuss noise control techniques at the source, the transmission path, and protective measures at the receiver. In general, noise control measures can be classified into three categories. Noise Control at the source Noise control in the transmission path Use of protective measure against noise in the receiver The method or combination depends on the magnitude of the required noise reduction and the economic and operational considerations. [...]
August 28, 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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Basic Acoustic Concepts Series: Part Three
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Sound Part Three: The third part of our acoustical technical notes will discuss frequency weightings and octave bands. Frequency Weightings: Frequency weightings also known as frequency networks and frequency filters, correlate measured sound levels with the subjective human response. The human ear is frequency selective, between 500 Hz and 6 kHz, our ears are very sensitive compared with lower and higher frequencies. The frequency weightings used in sound level meters are often related to the [...]