Archive for the ‘soundproofing’ Category

Patients assaulted by Noise

Monday, October 24th, 2011

In a great in depth study by Herman Milller the effect of noise on patients healthcare is surprisingly interesting and bothersome. Interesting in how much noise actually effects the mental and physical health driving home the point we have been blogging about again and again, that noise is a real pollution. And bothersome due to the fact as to how far technology in the health care sector has come and yet this simple idea of constructing sound proof rooms is largely ignored. One of the reasons is because a proper soundproofing company needs to be contacted before the construction and rehab of any health care facility. Hopefully the above mentioned article will bring us a step closer to getting it done the correct way.

Hospital Noise Causes Problems

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

There’s no doubt about it. Take one step into a hospital and you’ll immediately realize now noisy the place can be. You’ll hear overhead announcements, rumbling medical systems, the loud comments of hospital staff and visitors, and so much more.

The problem? Increased levels of sound can have an incredibly negative effect on accuracy in a hospital setting.  Nurse distracted by the beeping of a monitor may not hear an order correctly. Patients, already uncomfortable because they are in unfamiliar surroundings, can’t sleep. All of these things can have critical negative impacts on a patients health. Even the doctors and nurses themselves can become stressed due to constant exposure.

So what should they do? Many hospitals have already begun hiring acoustical consultants to help them with renovations and upgrades. At the end of the day, incorporating products like Green Glue damping compound into the structure will help to buffer some of the sound. While it can’t be eliminated altogether, reducing the level of noise will make hospitals into safer places for all involved.

School Cafeteria Soundproofing?

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

The Lowell and Hosmer Schools have a proposed plan to soundproof the school cafeterias, at a cost of about $33,000. Several people have stepped forward to voice concerns, stating that children should be playing outside and that there is no reason to soundproof a cafeteria.

Yes, kids should play outside, but what about when they can’t? What about the sounds they’re making while nearby classes are still in session? What about rainy days? What do you think? Is it necessary or not?

Silence in the City

Friday, May 21st, 2010

It seems like everywhere we go we’re faced with construction. We either run into some sort of road work or some sort of building project. After talking to a few construction gurus we learned one thing – people are willing to pay for silence.

They pay over $1,000 for a washing machine tagged as “super-silent.”

They’ll pay thousands of dollars extra for an apartment with extra soundproofing. In New York City, soundproofing is one of the most sought after commoddities in any condo or apartment.

Whether they use Green Glue or some other material – the truth remains the same. People are willing to live in quiet places – even as the world gets louder.

Soundproofing a Bird Cage

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

We know what you’re thinking. If you want to soundproof your birdcage, why do you have pets to begin with?

Here’s the reality. Birds are great pets, but you won’t think so at 5am when they start sqwaking at the crack of dawn.

So what can you do to remedy that problem? Simply get some Sonex Acoustical Panels and create a frame you can place around the bird cage at night. Make sure it has plenty of ventilation, of course.

Sound coming from inside the cage will be absorbed by the panels. All you have to do is remove them when you wake up in the morning, and your family of winged friends will be happy to see you!

Soundproofing a Guest Room

Monday, March 29th, 2010

One of the most recent soundproofing questions we’ve run into asked about whether or not it was possible to soundproof a guest room.

Here’s the deal. A guest room, in construction, is no different than any other room in a house. The good news is that you don’t need to rip down the existing drywall and make a huge mess. All you need to do is add some Green Glue, add another layer of drywall, spackle, and repaint the walls.

It’s simple. It’s easy. And you can do it in ANY room. Go figure.

Addressing Soundproofing Legislation – Order of Occupancy

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Live music venues around the world are struggling these days. Many are facing closure due to noise complaints and an inability to provide funding for soundproofing. This issue, while in some cases is fair, is in other cases very unrealistic.

Here’s the problem. It’s a little thing called “Order of Occupancy.”

What it means is that if my live music venue exists in an area for 20+ years, and has made noise all of that time, you should not get to complain about my “standard operations” if you move in next door 20 years after I open. Yous hould have done your research and, as such, you give up your right to complain.

Why aren’t communities creating or enfording rules like this? Why are they letting new businesses crush the old?