Rockfon’s acoustic specialist Gary Madaras, PhD, and Commercial Architecture magazine team up for a series of articles and podcasts on optimizing acoustics. The January/February edition kicks off the series with a focus on acoustics in a changing healthcare environment.
The new healthcare environment
Madaras proposes that the ways healthcare is being provided are changing rapidly, and so must the perspective and approach to healthcare acoustics.
More and more, healthcare is being provided outside of traditional hospitals, such as in assisted living homes for elders, chemotherapy clinics, dialysis treatment centers and other types of alternative facilities. Unfortunately, new acoustics research that focuses on understanding the impact of quietness, auditory privacy, designed background sound and music in these different types of healthcare settings remains practically non-existent.
Designers and specifiers cannot necessarily look to industry standards and guidelines for help when designing these alternative healthcare facilities because they do not typically keep pace with the rapid changes being seen in healthcare delivery. Instead, forward-thinking designers and specifiers can apply a fundamental, humane and empathetic approach to the acoustic design.
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