The origination of noise solutions

Reading through the history research in  Work Places by Sundstrom (1989) I got to know a few issues that had never crossed my mind before, since most of the issues have been dealt with.A few concerns where the noises of for examples loud machinery or lighting in the 1800s and in the beginning in 1900s the noises of typewriters and traffic.A solution as per Sundstrom in the 1800s was to lay felt on the floor in order to absorb the surrounding noises.In the 1900s acoustical ceilings and carpeting where introduced in the office environment.A small hiss used to be implemented to balance out the sound.Nowadays due to technology, solutions by using appropriate materials are being implemented.




 Sound Masking



Sound masking is when a background noise is introduced into the office space in order for privacy is heightened. This solution is mostly effective when working in an open plan office because of the lack of walls hence less privacy and noise is heightened automatically. This solution shows that ceiling tiles reduce noise since they absorb the overall noise , furthermore, blocking noise with partitions also helps for private conversation. The most interesting solution is using sound masking. Sound masking is when a faint hiss or soundtrack that is usually captured by nature is introduced. “The mountain stream sound possessed enough randomness that it did not become a distraction,” fellow study author Alana DeLoach said. “This is a key attribute of a successful masking signal.”



Plants started being introduced in the office surroundings when benefits where confirmed that noise reduction and cleaner air enhances productivity. It is stated that one plant for every 100 square feet helps the overall wellbeing of the worker. According to Ambius “Plants placed in areas with hard surfaces such as hard wood floors, concrete and marble walls, will effectively absorb noises which can be distracting and hurt employee productivity.”Lately plant walls are being introduced in the office, it is mostly implicated to give a relaxing element whilst also being a barrier for the acoustics.





Sunstrom, f, 1986. Work Places. 1st ed. New York : Cambridge University Press.

Four Ways to Reduce Office Noise – ESI Ergonomic Solutions. 2016. Four Ways to Reduce Office Noise – ESI Ergonomic Solutions. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 21 May 2016].


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