Have you ever whispered something to your spouse in front of your kids because now that they can spell, it’s your only privacy option?  If you have, then you know that the very fact that you whispered drew their attention even more?  Eavesdropping is annoying and childish, yet it’s not just a childhood problem.  Adults have the same tendency- it’s just a part of human nature.  We want to be in the know, to be in the loop.  We hate the idea that there’s something other people know that we aren’t privy to.  This is true both socially and professionally.  When a co-worker leans in, we drop what we’re doing…even if it’s not in our cubicle!

Eavesdropping, even circumstantial though it may be, is problematic for businesses and facilities that handle sensitive information and conversations, such as:

  • Businesses with trade secrets
  • Board room meetings
  • Government &/or military facilities
  • Counseling centers
  • Churches
  • Real Estate offices

Sound Masking for Confidentiality

Treating an acoustic environment sounds complex, but it is often described as “the ABC’s.” These describe the only methods of making a room truly “sound proof.”

  • You can Absorb the sound with panels or better ceiling tiles,
  • You can Block the sound by building walls or furniture partitions,
  • and You can Cover the sound by installing a high quality sound masking system.
The ABC’s are meant to work together- in an ideal world, you would utilize each resource.  However, there is one tool that is the most effective independently: covering.  Covering is achieved through sound masking, or the use of white noise emitted through speakers in the ceiling tiles.  This resource can be added to an existing facility or planned for during construction.   The result is measurable speech privacy, which both creates confidentiality and has the added benefit of  reducing distraction.

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