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Sergio Cocchia is the chair for the Pacific Autism Family Centre. When he decided to build the centre near Vancouver International Airport, the decision was naturally met with a great deal of skepticism. Sensory issues are common in individuals with autism, and to anyone overly sensitive to sound, an airport would be one of the worst places for them to be near.

wwwwHowever, the centre exists without having to worry about noise. One would be amazed at how quiet and serene the interior is.

Read more: Pacific Autism Centre Sets Extraordinary Standard for Soundproofing and More

Scientists from The Universities of Sussex and Bristol have invented a new material that shapes sound by bending and focusing the sound waves travelling through it.

It is a metamaterial, which is defined as “[…] a material engineered to have a property that is not found in nature.It has the potential for exciting applications in personal acoustics, as well as ground-breaking ones in the medical field.

Read more: A Material That Shapes Sound: Fact, Not Science Fiction

Location is everything for hotels and motels. Many are faced with different types of noise pollution, because they’re situated in the busiest areas. Highways, nearby trains, airports, and urban streets are all examples of noise pollution that present a challenge for a hotel or motel.


There are many ways hotels can tackle these issues and the best place to start is with major problem areas like windows and patio doors.

Read more: Soundproofing Hotels and Motels 


It goes without saying that there are many benefits to working from home. Generally, a home office gives you the freedom to set your own schedule and provides a healthier work-life balance.

 

At the same time, there are also some considerable challenges. Noises from the rest of your home, condo or apartment building, combined with any potential noises that are coming from outside, can create plenty of distractions.

Read more: How to Soundproof Your Home Office

Every high-rise building and large commercial property has a transformer - and almost every transformer has a distinct humming noise.
The cause of this sound is alternating voltage and currents that make a transformer's steel core extend and contract. The result is the familiar vibrating hum.
If left uncontrolled, this hum can irritate tenants, affect job performance and reduce quality of life.
 
A soundproofing solution is needed. Here's what you need to know about reducing transformer noise.

Read more: Transformer Noise

Atriums and offices are finished in glass, drywall and hard floors. Aesthetically, they’re eye-catching. But once people are in the space an issue becomes obvious – the acoustics are awful due to the highly reflective surfaces.

 

Glass, drywall and concrete are the most common materials in modern architecture. They present a clean line and lends a feeling of openness. But these materials are poor sound absorbers – the reflecting sound in the room makes conversations unintelligible and produces reverberation and echo.

 

Read more: Sound Solutions That Don’t Compromise Design

Sound is an integral part of the human experience and it no doubt adds life to our daily routine. In simplest terms, Psychoacoustics is the study of how sound is perceived and how it affects the body and mind. Psychoacoustics picks apart the listening experience to reveal how we interpret sound.

When you think of sound within a scientific framework, you probably picture sound waves being emitted. While this is an accurate picture from a mechanical perspective, we must also remember that sound truly happens when we sense or perceive it. For instance, when you hear a sound, it reaches your ear as a mechanical sound wave that has travelled through the air, but once it's in your ear it is transformed into neural stimuli.

Read more: Understanding Psychoacoustics

 

Water rushes down the pipes and it sounds like Niagara Falls flowing in the rooms or unit below.

 

Whooshing followed by trickling and then settling, it’s agitating, not to mention off-putting.

 

Pipes frequently pose soundproofing problems for business owners, homeowners and tenants alike.

 

But there are solutions. Here’s how to soundproof a pipe.

Read more: How to Soundproof a Pipe

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