Sound that is offensive to the ears is considered noise. It can be annoying to listen to, but more than that, noise has various negative effects on human health including both physical and mental health. Noise pollution has likewise become an ethical concern, thus government policies have been developed and implemented in different countries to address this issue and protect the residents from noise pollution. Noise is also the reason why companies and property owners are starting to invest heavily in sound barriers. By soundproofing their premises, the more capable they are in providing an acoustic environment that’s suitable to people’s wellbeing, particularly that of their employees, clients, and other users of their space.
1. Mental and emotional peace.
A person feels calm and relaxed when in a quiet environment. The solace cannot be achieved when the place is noisy, or when there are unwanted sounds that can be heard from a distance. Mental peace improves a person’s wellbeing in the following ways:
· it helps them focus on their work and perform in the most efficient way possible;
· a quiet mind also makes room to brew creative ideas;
· it doesn’t add to the stress a person is already feeling before entering the room.
A room that cannot provide mental peace makes it uncomfortable to use. It cannot be used as a workspace since people cannot do their tasks properly and efficiently; as a commercial area, it cannot attract customers because of the distracting surrounding sounds, nor can it be used as a place to hold meetings and conferences as people could not concentrate with the topics they are going to discuss.
2. It creates a stress-free environment.
Noise causes stress. Even the noise from the outside can contribute to restlessness and annoyance when people hear them from the room. When a person is stressed, it becomes difficult for him or her to focus on what they should be doing. Not only do they find it hard to attend to their work tasks, but it also becomes a struggle for them to rest and relax.
A stress-free environment allows for the mind to feel at ease and recharge. When the room offers this kind of ambiance, the mind and body recover faster, and the person becomes more energetic again.
Doing business in a stress-free environment also shows that you care for the wellbeing of your people. This entices them to work with you for the long-term, since you provide a place that makes them mentally and emotionally secure.
3. Improved listening capacities.
A properly soundproofed room not only prevents outdoor noise from dominating the space; it also improves the level of listening capacity. People who are exposed to noise may find it difficult to listen attentively in conversations, and as a result, they tend to speak louder. These conditions can be mitigated by having sound barriers installed in the room, so that their auditory nerves can adjust to the quieter environment and relearn how to listen at modulated volumes.
4. It provides relief to patients and people with health conditions.
Noise can aggravate the feeling of people going through health problems. This is why hospital rooms are soundproofed; the reduced noise in the room is intended to speed up the patient’s recovery.
Sound barriers in Singapore are usually installed in hospitals and nursing homes to aid the wellbeing of patients and other people admitted to these premises. With sound levels in these spaces controlled, these people are able to rest properly without being disturbed.