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Why Sound Masking?

Sound masking, sometimes called white noise is an important consideration for office environments.

  Provide speech privacy and prevent eavesdropping especially when confidentiality is critical.
  Improve Workplace Productivity in noisy environments that make concentration and focus difficult.
  Reduce workplace stress levels and increase employee satisfaction.
  To meet HIPPA requirements for Oral Privacy. Keep Private Information Private.


Our audio solutions ensure privacy and reduce distractions in virtually any workspace. Sound masking is an unobtrusive airflow-like sound added to a space to reduce the intelligibility of distracting or confidential conversations. Applications are available for work environments of any size – from large, multi-building campuses to modest satellite offices. Paging and music are integrated with sound masking, making this a 3-in-1 technology.

What is sound masking and why is it used?

Sound masking is the addition of a familiar sounding, air conditioning-like background sound to an environment. Masking covers up or “masks” human speech and helps mitigate the distraction of other sounds, making an environment more comfortable, workers more productive and creating speech privacy.

Where is sound masking used?

Sound masking is used anywhere speech privacy or speech confidentiality is desired or required and in any workspace to reduce distractions and improve productivity. The most typical installations are open office plans, private offices, and public spaces.

• Open Office Plans

Open offices are often either too quiet, the conversations of co-workers can be distracting and affect productivity. Installing a sound masking system is the first and most cost-effective step to improving speech privacy in your open office and a highly productive open office work environment with fewer distractions. Appropriate ceiling tiles and higher cubicle walls can further contribute to improved open office acoustics, but are often more costly and ineffective by themselves.

• Private Offices

Private offices and other enclosed spaces, while appearing to provide privacy, often do not. Frequently the walls are of lightweight materials or extend only to the ceiling tiles and not all the way to the ceiling deck. Often these decisions are made for cost reasons and for flexibility of reconfiguring the office space. Adding a sound masking system to a private office greatly improves speech privacy by rendering private conversations completely unintelligible to listeners in the adjacent office, hallway or at the water cooler.

• Public Spaces

Reception areas, pharmacies, waiting rooms, banks and public hallways next to private offices are all great candidates for sound masking systems. Without sound masking, private conversations can be heard in the adjacent public spaces. Installing a sound masking system renders private conversations unintelligible by nearby listeners, ensuring speech privacy. Installing a sound masking system is the most cost-effective way to ensure speech privacy and comply with the speech privacy requirements of HIPAA and GLBA regulations.

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