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How Sound Masking Works

Sound Masking does not cancel sound, but rather covers up unwanted noise in an environment, thereby making the space seem quieter and providing both speech privacy and comfort. The intention of sound masking is to make conversations heard from a distance more difficult to understand and less distracting.

Sound is gently introduced into the space through a series of speakers that are controlled from an electronic device. This sound, which is similar to the 'hush' of an air-conditioner, fades into the background and is set at a level slightly above indirect speech. This scientifically designed sound then makes conversations less distracting and allows you to focus on your work.

We do not all know what the work environment will look like as a new normal sets in from COVID-19. Spaces that are less than full may feel eerily quiet without the normal hustle and bustle of daily activity. Sound masking, in this case, will make a space feel more comfortable because the act of adding noise to the space will remove that 'eerie' feeling of reduced occupancy.

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