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Finnish study finds that the sound environment affects children’s listening skills

Noise and a poor sound environment can hinder linguistic development of nursery school children, says Doctor of Philosophy Elina Niemitalo-Haapola in her dissertation. According to the study, more attention should be paid to children’s sound and learning environments. While working as a speech therapist, Elina Niemitalo-Haapola went to kindergartens, schools and homes to find out […]

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Robot Assisting the surgeon in the Operating Room!

One of our editors, Swedish Concept Developer Healhcare, Maria Quinn – had the opportunity to be present during a robotic surgery. Here are her thoughts and reflections on the sound environment in such a specialized area. Robotic surgery Robotic surgery, or robot-assisted surgery, allows doctors to perform many types of complex procedures with more precision, flexibility and […]

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Sound workspaces for emotional intelligent people

The speed of change in the workplace of today is enormous. Technology is the catalyzer. The shift on how global top companies are looking at the workforce is here. Artificial Intelligence have already taken over the work of intelligent people. The emotional intelligent is in pole position! Tasks as, gather & analyze the data, interpret […]

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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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