Category: About Sound

How close are we to understanding how buildings affect our emotion?

Having met Isabella Bower while she was a research associate with the research team LEaRN we have been following her own research about how buildings affect our emotion. So we asked her to share insights from her research examining how design characteristics of buildings modulate neural networks involved in emotion regulation. Isabella’s work explores what […]

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Prevent arousals and awakenings in hospitals

In search for a noisy environment? Visit a hospital. Studies show that noise levels are high due to operational activities, communication, alarms and noise from medical equipment, along with structural sounds from the building (such as ventilation and closing doors). Already back in 1859, nurse Florence Nightingale declared how “unnecessary noise is the most cruel abuse […]

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What happens when music is part of healthcare?

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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Our visual focus (part 2) – The eye versus the ear

Are we really just an overgrown appendage for carrying around eyes and processing visual information or are we missing something in our understanding of our senses and the world? Most people can tell you at least one physiological fact about eyesight that seems to suggest that vision trumps all other senses. Some examples could be: […]

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Groundbreaking initiative from Quiet Mark with new Acoustics Academy launch

During the Surface Design Awards 2020 at the Business Design Centre in London, Quiet Mark launched their new Acoustics Academy. with a TED-style master-class event. The Acoustics Academy is a new online platform. which is intended to further equip and empower architects, builders and designers with an expertly verified guide of leading acoustic solutions for […]

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You can never start thinking about sound too early!

Guest post by Fiona Young, Studio Director at Hayball Architects Studies have shown that elevated sound levels can impact on learning ability. and stress levels. of students and their teachers. A recent study. on educators’ and architects’ perceptions of the affordances of learning environments for deep learning indicated that both professions recognise overly noisy spaces […]

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Age-related hearing loss and acoustics

Age-related hearing loss affect almost all of us as we age. Good acoustics can promote not just hearing but also the ability to function and wellbeing. A calm acoustic environment benefits all of us, whatever level of hearing we have, but it is particularly important for those with hearing impairments. The most common cause of […]

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Is it really possible to predict the room acoustic values in a non-diffuse room?

We made acoustic measurements as part of a remodelling of our training area at our head offices during the different phases of the acoustic treatment in the refurbishment. This is outlined in a previous Acoustic Bulletin post which highlighted the need for wall absorbers to remove the flutter echos, thus reducing the reverberation time and […]

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Reverberation room vs Anechoic Chamber

Here is a short film where our editor Juan Negreira demonstrates some aspects around the acoustic free field, and the broad range of acoustic dynamics which can be found between two acoustic opposites. This is a chance to experience and share difference between being inside a room coated with highly absorptive material versus in a […]

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Soundproofist – a practical approach to raising awareness about sound around us.

It was great to meet up with Cary Norsworthy at Internoise2019 in Madrid a few weeks ago. Her passion about the sound environment is driven from her own experiences and her curiosity to learn more about noise, acoustics and soundproofing – and share this with others. She not only is doing a great job raising […]

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