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Find out what a room can sound like – with the Ecophon Acoustic Calculator

Today almost all room acoustic calculations are based on the Sabine formula. Even though it is known that you often get different values when you compare calculations with actual measurements in a room. Therefore, Ecophon has developed a calculator in which the intention is to have more accurate acoustic values before measurements. The Ecophon Acoustic Calculator is […]

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Acoustics affect staff in the OR

Introduction Sustainable working environments include good room acoustics but working in and operation room (OR) can be a challenge. Due to hygiene regulations and demands the surfaces are often hard and reflective and this leads to high sound pressure levels, bad speech clarity and long reverberation times. The Study At Hvidovre Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark […]

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Short reverberation time in critical care is not enough.

Out of our comfort zone. When we are sick and feel bad – we seem to forget that just opening the door to a hospital makes us out of our comfort zone. Our system is already stressed and our senses therefor alert. We are more sensitive to sound and noise than normal – and in […]

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Care Infrastructure Closer to Home

This article is a summary of the 2018 Workshop in Gothenburg, Sweden, 25-27th September: Research and Evaluation for Care Infrastructure Closer to Home Across Europe, we need health systems focused on care closer to the patient. Chronic illness and multi-morbidity – particularly concerning older citizens – means that care models must respond appropriately. Hospitals remain […]

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Healthcare paradox and 5 tips

Traffic noise makes us sick The Danish Cancer Foundation has concluded less than 2 years ago that traffic noise can lead to breast cancer and non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The Danish Ministry of Environment concluded at the same time that 500 Danes die every year because of traffic noise – because of diabetes, stress and cardio vascular […]

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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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Euronoise 2018 – A cochlea in the floor carpet caught my eye

Euronoise 2018 was a great acoustic event, and we at Acoustic Bulletin are proud to have covered 6 sessions on room acoustics in particular. This is the last post written by our development engineer, Heléne Sallenhag – she has covered the session 18:3 – Voice accommodations in room acoustics and noise. How much would you spend […]

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Euronoise 2018 – Room Acoustic Design and Psychological effects of offices

Our editor Morten Roar Berg, Concept Developer for Office in Denmark, attended Euronoise in Crete – and here are his main takeaway points from the session: Room Acoustic Design and Psychological effects of offices. Once again office noise was on the agenda at EuroNoise 2018. Although a persistent problem one’s spirit couldn’t help but be […]

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Euronoise 2018 – Reduce Noise to Improve Life

This year Euronoise was held in lovely Crete (close to the Knossos Palace) from the 27th to 31st of May – and in the impressive surroundings more than 700 delegates from all over the world attended more than 50 structured sessions in total. Room acoustics were on the agenda every conference day and this article aims to […]

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BNAM 2018, Reykjavik 15th–19th of April 2018

Did you miss out on the Baltic-Nordic Acoustic Meeting (BNAM2018)? Here are the major take-aways from a healthcare acoustics perspective. Harpa Iceland has it! Impressive nature, impressive people – and the impressive Harpa Concert and Conference Centre. Harpa is one of Reykjavik‘s greatest and distinguished landmarks. It is a cultural and social centre in the […]

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