Category: About Sound

Universal Design: Embracing Difference

In the 1970s, architects began to acknowledge that the people which inhabited the buildings they designed might depart slightly from da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man (pictured below). This movement, christened Universal Design [1], brought with it specialized ramps, doorknobs and other design features which anticipated that people from the broad spectrum of humanity should be able […]

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Telehealth on the rise – but are the rooms ready?

More consultations for citizens + 80 years From 2009 – 2014 (in Denmark), the only group of patients who consults a doctor more is the group of patients who are + 80 years old. All other age groups consult a doctor less. Citizens aged 80 or older represent 10% of all consultations – despite the […]

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Guest post: Hearing and Listening with Human Ears

Marcia Jenneth Epstein, Ph.D. has once again contributed to Acoustic Bulletin with this guest blog post. We appreciate your work, Marcia! Read more about our guest blogger and find her other post here. Hearing is our ”second sense”. Phrases used in Western culture to demonstrate understanding – at least in English – are often visual: […]

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Listening tests in room acoustics

Last June 24th, Daniel de la Prida defended his PhD thesis [1] at the Technical University of Madrid (Spain). His research focused on the assessment of the subjective perception both in architectural and environmental acoustics. In the following, a summary of Daniel de la Prida’s research (mostly focused on room acoustics) is given. All the […]

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Sound masking in schools: panacea or auditory Band-Aid?

A vibrant soundscape in any educational context, be it within a preschool, school or university, usually means a healthy learning environment. Students engaging with their education actively often generate more sound as they enthusiastically critique, consider and explore their learning materials and communicate with their teachers and peers. To counteract this, acousticians have striven for […]

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Irrelevant speech is a risk for your health

In offices, noise control should be a priority as unwanted sound causes stress. Continuously elevated stress levels are a health risk. Turku University of Applied Sciences and University of Turku have conducted the first Finnish medical study on the physiological, psychological, and performance effects of irrelevant speech. Office noise consists primarily of this kind of […]

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Soundscapes: A perceptual design tool on the rise

How we perceive the sounds around us is dependent upon their inherent acoustic characteristics but also their associated meanings, context and our experience. We individuals shape the frame of reference. Exposure to unwanted, negative sounds (noise!) impacts our quality of life. Until now, our primary goal in acoustics has been to solely reduce the negative […]

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Better sound environments for doctors and nurses in the Czech Republic

One of our editors in the Czech Republic (CZ), Iveta Kralova, was recently part of an intervention study in an eye clinic in Hradec Kralove. Here follows her experience in a country where acoustic standards for healthcare are lacking and where a lot of buildings are too loud to heal. Many studies have already shown […]

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Tinnitus week!

This week is Tinnitus week! All over the world people suffer from Tinnitus and in this blog post we point attention to poor working environments in schools that lead to increased Tinnitus for teachers. In a recent blog post we focused on dentists’ working environment – and 42% of the participants in a survey experienced […]

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How do acoustics impact children with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

The has been a lack research focusing on which facets of the indoor environment should be impacting ASD students’ behavior. “A lot of research has been conducted around children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), but little has been available that has focused on facets of the environment that could be impacting their behavior. In previous […]

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