Can You Get Noise Cancelling Systems For Offices?

Resource Centre Sound Masking Can You Get Noise Cancelling Systems For Offices?
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Open-plan offices have many advantages, but they’re not perfect – and one of their most significant shortcomings is the issue of excess noise. Even where conference and meeting rooms are separated from the open-plan office, their walls are often thin, and if there are suspended ceilings, sound can easily travel between the rooms.

If your office employees are struggling to focus on their open-plan workspace and your managers don’t feel they have enough speech privacy in meeting rooms, what can you do?

You could soundproof the meeting rooms, but that will only benefit those in meetings. Plus, it’s expensive and not always particularly effective, especially if your office has suspended ceilings.

Other options include noise-cancelling and Sound Masking. We’re exploring the differences between these below and highlighting which solution would work best for your office environment. 

What’s the difference between sound masking and noise-cancelling?

Sound masking and noise-cancelling are both techniques used to reduce unwanted sounds, but they work in very different ways. 

Noise-cancelling actively cancels out external noise by using technology to produce an opposing sound wave, also known as anti-noise, to cancel out the external noise before it reaches the listener's ears. 

On the other hand, Sound Masking involves adding background ambient sound or nature sounds to mask the external noise and make it less perceptible. Which do I require for my office?

In a corporate office, sound masking is required to create speech privacy, minimise audible distractions, and increase productivity. 

Sound masking adds a background sound to reduce noise distractions, protect speech privacy, and create a balanced, comfortable acoustical environment. It is specifically engineered for open-plan office spaces, closed offices, conference rooms, hallways, and corridors. 

On the other hand, noise-cancelling actively cancels out external noise and is typically used in headphones and earbuds to cancel out the external noise before it reaches the listener's ears. 

In a corporate office setting where focus, productivity, and privacy are important, sound masking is more suitable than noise-cancelling. 

How do I get Sound Masking installed?

Speakers (known as Sound Masking emitters) are discretely installed in the ceiling, out of the way of the workspace, and with no unsightly cables or wires. Your employees are unlikely to notice its presence. 

As soon as it is switched on, your employees will immediately feel more comfortable. Sound Masking produces sounds that match the frequency of human speech, creating a sound barrier and preventing conversations from being overheard. 

Resembling the sound of air flowing, sound masking is subtle but effective: speech privacy and work productivity are improved markedly.

Book a demonstration

It’s difficult to describe the feeling of privacy and acoustic comfort Sound Masking provides. To see how it works in a corporate office environment, it is best experienced in person with a demo.

Contact us today to arrange a visit to our Peterborough office, where our team will demonstrate the technology to you and explain how it works. Located near Peterborough’s train station, you can reach us easily from major cities like London and Birmingham.