Category: Healthcare Environments

Modular operating rooms provide good acoustics for surgeons

Lego construction for operating rooms Modular operating rooms are being seen more and more on the market. It takes less time to get it up and running compared to a traditionally built hospital. It´s cost-effective, time-saving, and can be taken down and moved when it´s not needed anymore. However, it can negatively affect acoustics due […]

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Thermally Activated Building Systems (TABS) and acoustics

Sustainable building practices are here to stay and the number of building projects involving Thermally Activated Building Systems (TABS) is growing rapidly. However, from an office worker’s perspective, exposed concrete walls and ceilings create acoustic environments where it’s virtually impossible to communicate and concentrate. This detailed TABS Knowledge Guide explains how acoustic ceiling coverage impacts cooling […]

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New study: C50 should be included in standards for elderly care facilities.

What is good acoustic conditions in elderly care? Recently, a new study in an elderly care home in Denmark was finalized. The motivation for this study conducted by the two Architectural Engineers Cecilie Søgaard Petersen and Stine Sonne Nautrup was that we see demographic changes all over the world and this also means that the […]

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Hospital acoustics often fall by the wayside

In many older hospital buildings, noise is disruptive and continuous; for this reason, particular attention was paid to the acoustics in the new intensive and intermediate care unit in Seinäjoki, Finland. According to a nationwide study, on average 55% of those working in healthcare would like to see improvements to the sound environment of working facilities. […]

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Optimum room acoustics in audiological research facilities

Copenhagen Hearing and Balance Center Audiological Research Facilities are part of Rigshospitalet’s new North Wing that officially opened on Tuesday 14 January 2020. The new wing of 54,700 m2 was designed to cater to the needs of patients and their families and includes 196 private rooms and 33 high-tech operating theatres. Assistant Professor at DTU […]

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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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Laboratories: Open plan offices inside healthcare environments

Since March 2020, the coronavirus disease was formally characterized as a pandemic. Since that time, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a high demand for healthcare resources. Laboratory activities surged due to the rapid increase of testing. In hospitals or clinics, laboratories operate mainly in the domain of patient-related research and analyses. In private structures, […]

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Hospital Soundscapes and Ways to Heal Them

“The soundscape of the average modern hospital is a cacophony of overlapping beeps, blats and pings from monitors, roaring ventilation systems, raucous bursts of conversation from visitors, patients and the nursing station, carts rumbling down hallways, televisions, phones. Sleep, essential to the healing process, is available primarily through medications. Even medicated sleep can be elusive, […]

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Baltic-Nordic Acoustics Meeting 2021

The Nordic Acoustic Association and the Norwegian Acoustical Society invited scientists and engineers to attend the Baltic-Nordic Acoustic Meeting for 2021 this week and despite an online set-up the program consisted of keynote lectures, invited and contributed papers in structured parallel sessions. Some of the really interesting presentations are described here but you can find […]

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