Category: About Sound

Sensing the space – New podcast episode

In this special edition of the A Sound Effect on People podcast, we join Lauren Kruger and Dr Annemarie Lombard in South Africa and delve into the effect of our senses and so-called sensory intelligence in our daily life. Click and listen   This episode gives an insight into how the sensory stimuli affect the way we act within our […]

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Our podcast goes In Pursuit of Silence

Sound can be described as having an “invisible presence” but is this negative or positive? If your neighbour is having a party and you want peace and quiet, your perception of the sound you are hearing is very different from theirs. Within this fifth podcast, we discuss how silence can be the means for us […]

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UNESCO hosted ”The sound for a new urbanism” conference

Each year in France “The Week of Sound” / “La Semaine du Son” pulls together a series of events that constitutes a vast range of knowledge, practical know-how and information about sound and the importance of the quality of the sound environment. It has a transversal – cultural, medical, industrial, educational and economic – approach and is recognised to […]

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‘Good’ and ‘bad’ healthcare acoustics

The sound environment impacts on our well-being. In healthcare, patients and staff are seen to both feel and do better in an environment with ‘good’, sound-absorbing acoustics, as opposed to being in surroundings with sound-reflecting, or ‘bad’, acoustics. Sound-reflecting vs. sound-absorbing acoustics Research comparing the impact of sound-reflecting and sound-absorbing acoustics on healthcare staff and patients […]

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Restaurateur: noise influences your plate!

  We have all been through the experience of the really, really noisy restaurant. These restaurants you run away from, after using all your energy to keep up with the conversation until the main is finished. Don’t even think about dessert. The next time you are going to a restaurant, just take a quick look at […]

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Treating critically ill infants in a sound way

Imagine having a baby, or remember when you had yours. One of your strongest wishes (if not the strongest) was probably for the baby to be healthy, and for the pregnancy to be ‘normal’. But what if, instead of having a full-term, healthy baby on your or your partner’s chest, you find yourself in a high-tech […]

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Nature rocks! How nature and serenity can be used for rehabilitation

The positive impact of nature on human health is often attributed to nature’s inherent stress reducing effects. As (chronic) stress has a well-known detrimental effect on health, it can directly or indirectly contribute to the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, and mental disorders. How do we behave when feeling stressed? When we feel […]

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New podcast series explores how we are all affected by sound

Acoustics, sound, noise. All impact our lives every day. Yet it is not a subject that is often discussed. So, Ecophon UK and Ireland have decided to launch a podcast to do exactly that. The new podcast, “A sound effect on people” is a monthly show that explores how we are all affected by sound. It […]

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The Sound of Music: calming or anxiety-building?

How we react to sounds, for instance in the form of music, depends on and is filtered through aspects such as the environment, our genes, and not the least, our previous experiences of music. Music that is important to us is usually, and quite naturally, music that we have heard in the past. What happens […]

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Internoise 2016 – do we have the right standards for elderly care?

I had the privilege to present a paper at Internoise 2016 based on an intervention study in a dementia clinic in Munich. The study was done in collaboration with Saint-Gobain Ecophon, the Technical University of Munich, the acoustic company PMI and the architect company Dietz Health Care Facilities. Current standard, DIN 18041 – only reverberation […]

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