What is Sound Masking?
Sound masking is ambient background sound engineered to match the frequency of human speech for greater speech privacy.
In office spaces, the background noise level is generally low. Hence, people unintentionally overhear conversations – a difficult situation for all concerned. To address this problem, sound masking systems emit a soft, inconspicuous background sound with the use of a loudspeaker system. The ambient sound level becomes more uniform and otherwise noisy distractions are muffled by the sound masking.
Sound masking makes undesirable conversations and other noise distractions less audible. The result: Employees are less distracted, they are able to concentrate better, and their productivity rises measurably.
5 Benefits About Sound Masking
- Protect Your Customer Privacy
- Your Privacy
- Private Meetings
- Reduced Distraction
- No Awkward Silence
Sound Masking Versus White noise
Sound masking and white noise are not the same, however generally mistaken from one for another. White noise sound like a loud radio static and it has all frequencies at equal energy that can be distracting. The white noise are localizable, which mean third party can determent the sources of sound. Just like sound from speaker, your ear can pick up and becomes a distraction.
Sound masking is an advance technology that created for the sole purpose to overlap the frequencies of human speech. By matching this frequencies, sound masking can reduced the distant that sound can travel to the ear of unwanted participant. Plus, the sound is more acoustic which is more comfortable.
The blue area in the graph above shows the frequency spectrum in which sound masking is both effective at providing speech privacy and unobtrusive to the human ear and brain.