Tag: hospital noise

Acoustic fine tuning transforms award winning science museum

Guest blog post by: Nick Treby focusing on recent alterations for Thinktank the Birmingham Science Museum Thinktank Birmingham is an award winning science museum, absolutely packed with exhibits that range from steam engines and talking robots through to gurgling guts and a chocolate wrapping machine. It features a Planetarium, and lots of changing exhibition spaces. It […]

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Healthcare acoustic highlights from ICSV24

This summer the 24th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV24) was held in London (23 – 27 July 2017). I already published a general blog post about it, and one post about office acoustics highlights (here). In this one I dig into the world of healthcare acoustics. Below I compiled shortly the main content from the […]

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The healing sounds of music

Can music therapy improve the sound environment for patients in hospitals? And how does is it affect the patient experience when a healing sound environment is present? We’ve invited US-based Anne Taylor, CEO of Scandic Health and Registered Nurse. Scandic Health is offering music therapy, MusiCure – Music as Medicine, which is composed by the […]

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Danish study: 97% of hospital staff are sometimes disturbed by noise

Presentation day Today I had the pleasure of attending a presentation day at DTU (Technical University of Denmark) arranged by the Electro Department under the title: Acoustic Technology & Centre for Acoustic-Mechanical Micro Systems. The speakers were mainly PhD students and Postdocs and the topics varied from ‘Loudspeaker Array Auralisations with the Room Acoustical Simulation […]

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How to improve sound environments in operating modules

Designing hospitals is a challenging task; anyone ever involved in such a project knows that! An increasing trend in Sweden, probably other countries too, is to use ready-made modules for specialist areas. I have had the privilege to visit various building sites and completed building project were ready-made modules for Operating Rooms (OR) were used. […]

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‘Good’ and ‘bad’ healthcare acoustics

The sound environment impacts on our well-being. In healthcare, patients and staff are seen to both feel and do better in an environment with ‘good’, sound-absorbing acoustics, as opposed to being in surroundings with sound-reflecting, or ‘bad’, acoustics. Sound-reflecting vs. sound-absorbing acoustics Research comparing the impact of sound-reflecting and sound-absorbing acoustics on healthcare staff and patients […]

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Treating critically ill infants in a sound way

Imagine having a baby, or remember when you had yours. One of your strongest wishes (if not the strongest) was probably for the baby to be healthy, and for the pregnancy to be ‘normal’. But what if, instead of having a full-term, healthy baby on your or your partner’s chest, you find yourself in a high-tech […]

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Healing environments sound good too

Sound environments can greatly impact a patient’s hospital stay and often come up in patient evaluations. Here are two examples from the UK Patient Opinion website: “There were no doors only curtains, the lady next to me coughed all night and the two patients next to her were snoring. The nurse’s room was right next […]

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Yes – we can make hospitals “sound” better!

Hospitals of today are noisy. Often very noisy.  Hardly never even close to the maximum limit of 35 dB set by the World Health Organization (WHO) that would be considered a healing sound environment. Both patients and staff can be adversely affected by this noisy environment.   The growing number of technological devices, an increasing flow and […]

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Why Vertical Acoustics Matter in Healthcare

National standards in the HC-segment are lacking In many countries national standards, regulations and guidelines are lacking in the healthcare segment. One could therefor say that in many cases building hospitals, elderly care homes and psychiatric wards is the ‘wild west’ regarding acoustics. We are lucky when new buildings are done – because if there […]

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