The human mind naturally tries to pick up the sound of human voices when it hears them. This might be useful in a dangerous situation, perhaps for our ancestors hunting wild animals but in today’s workplace this can simply be an irritation. Sound masking is an ideal solution to this kind of problem.
Even if it was possible to create near total silence this might not be any more desirable than the standard noise that occurs. In a bank or doctor’s waiting room silence is likely to mean that confidential information can be easily overheard by those around. Sound masking ingeniously solves the problems of too much and too little noise simultaneously.
The process works essentially by diluting disruptive, irregular noise with a regular, continuous non repeating background noise similar to the whirling sound of a fan.
Meritec supply sound masking systems from Qt Quiet technology as part of their audio visual systems installation services. This inventive system works by specifically operating within the frequency range of the human voice thereby muting the sound of people speaking in the vicinity. While any noise such as pre-recorded water falling or background music can mask sound if played loud enough these can be just as distracting or irritating as the noise they are supposed to block out.
The Qt Quiet system is able to effectively mute the noise of human conversation while remaining innocuous. The noise masking system is designed to be spread evenly through a designated area. This ensures that there are no areas where the sound intensifies and becomes more noticeable.
In conjunction with other traditional noise control solutions for the workplace such as acoustic ceiling tiles and workstation panels Qt Quiet can provide a comprehensive sound masking solution. It is ideal for use in open plan offices where constant distractions can dramatically affect productiveness. Enclosed office spaces may appear to offer privacy but internal walls and dividers can often carry sound quite clearly. Public spaces benefit similarly by preventing private conversations from being overheard.