The Basics of Sound Masking

Sound Masking

Sound masking is a technology that offers comfort in workplaces and privacy where it’s needed.

Whether you were aware of it or not, you have likely experienced sound masking before. It’s a basic concept: additional background noises are piped into a space to help cover up unwanted outside noises or human speech. In spaces where confidentiality and privacy are critical, it’s a technique often used to establish an atmosphere where you don’t need to worry about whether or not information is being overheard by parties who shouldn’t be privy to such knowledge. On the other end of the spectrum, sound masking is sometimes used to make for a more relaxing work environment as well. Read on to find out the many benefits of sound masking technology and why it has become so widely used.

The Concept

At its core, sound masking is about normalizing sound levels. This can be used in workspaces to make otherwise distracting noises, like people typing on keyboards or having conversations, much less noticeable. It isn’t exclusively used for this purpose however. It’s also an effective means of establishing privacy. If you’re having conversations that contain the kind of knowledge that shouldn’t be overheard by any eavesdroppers, sound masking can be a fantastic way of preventing anyone from hearing what is being said.

What Approaches Work Best?

There are all kinds of approaches to sound masking, from using nature sounds to trying something a bit more concealed and unassuming. While something like instrumental background music or even just regular old HVAC sounds could work in some instances, sound masking is often most effective when people don’t even realize it’s happening. If you’re looking for an unobtrusive sound masking solution, FiberPlus can help.

When Should It Be Used?

Everything from offices, hospitals, and public spaces can benefit from sound masking technologies. In an open office, this can be critical in boosting employee productivity, whereas patients in a hospital may feel more at ease discussing their personal information if it’s more difficult for others to overhear it all (think HIPPA). This same idea also applies to waiting rooms or banks where some people may not feel comfortable discussing their sensitive information. Lastly, sound masking is utilized in specialty situations like SCIFs to create an extra barrier of protection.

Get in Touch with FiberPlus

FiberPlus has been providing data communication solutions for over 25 years in the Mid Atlantic Region for a number of different markets. What began as a cable installation company for Local Area Networks has grown into a leading provider of innovative technology solutions improving the way our customers communicate and keeping them secure. Our solutions now include:

  •     Structured Cabling (Fiberoptic, Copper and Coax for inside and outside plant)
  •     Electronic Security Systems (Access Control & CCTV Solutions)
  •     Wireless Access Point installations
  •     Public Safety DAS
  •     Audio/Video Services (Intercoms and Display Monitors)
  •     Support Services
  •     Specialty Systems
  •     Design/Build Services

FiberPlus promises the communities in which we serve that we will continue to expand and evolve as new technology is introduced within the telecommunications industry.

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