Sound Masking

Lack of speech privacy is consistently a top driver of workplace dissatisfaction as measured on employee surveys. And your employees are less productive when distracted by noice nearby - whether that be a chatty neighbor or a legitimate business conversation happening in close proximity. But more than productivity losses and disgruntled employees, many organizations face serious privacy concerns as well. Various federal laws and statutes establish compliance requirements for the protection of and privacy for sensitive data. Sound masking is the process of adding a low level, unobtrusive background sound to an environment to reduce the intelligibility of human speech and the distractions in that environment. The sound is typically introduced through speakers installed in or above the ceiling. Sound masking is a critical component of acoustic design. When designing an optimal acoustic environment, architects consider a variety of elements to address noise control and speech privacy. Elements added either absorb, block, or cover sound, and are collectively called the ABC’s of acoustic design. While the specific frequency makes nearby speech unintelligble (thereby releasing a captive audience member from the 'distraction'), it poses no discomfort or harm to human hearing. 

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Ascomnorth partners with Biamp to deploy the Cambridge sound masking system. We've deployed numerous sound masking systems across facilities you've likely visited within northern Michigan to reduce distractions, ensure privacy, improve comfort and boost productivity. When you contact us to discuss your sound masking needs, our engineering team will go to work gathering critical environmentals about your team and space. These data points will allow us to design a system customized to deliver the aformentioned benefits to your organization. Our professional sales support staff will handle the logistics behind procurement, fulfilment, and delivery. Our field technicans will engage within a time when your space is empty to tune the system. Upon the return of your employees, most won't even notice that anything has changed and you'll have all the benefits that come with proper sound masking design and deployment.