The PrivacyShield® series of products puts a sound barrier in place between you and the noise source, eliminating the need for sound masking. This allows you to carry out your conversations without having to raise your voice over a noisy, sound masking system. Maintain speech privacy by keeping the sound from passing to adjacent rooms by using the following products.
- PrivacyShield® Ceiling Tile Barriers are installed on top of existing ceiling tiles and add mass to block sound.
- PrivacyShield® Light Hoods install over the existing lights to reduce sound transmission, while allowing required airflow.
- PrivacyShield® Plenum Return Silencers reduce the amount of sound that can pass into the ceiling plenum system.
- PrivacyShield® Window Seal Kit lowers the amount of sound that may pass through a window and provides thermal insulation.
Protecting speech privacy is critical in both commercial and private spaces. If sensitive information is overheard, it could alter corporate negotiations or violate HIPPA regulations. Additionally, sound and noise from adjacent spaces or machinery is can be distracting, cause fatigue and reduce employee productivity.
To achieve speech privacy, the traditional approach is to use sound masking systems. These systems broadcast white noise to mask or cover up conversations. It is a viable low-budget solution, but sound masking actually lowers speech intelligibility. This makes it more difficult to hear someone speaking. Exposure to the noise of a sound masking system for extended periods tends to increase worker fatigue and lower productivity.
Think about going on a long trip with all the windows in your vehicle slightly open. This creates wind noise, making it hard to carry on conversations or hear the stereo. As soon as you roll up your windows, it becomes much quieter and it is easier to carry on a conversation. The PrivacyShield® system works in the same manner. It creates a sound seal to prevent sound transmission.