The problem with hearing centers
An audiologist is a health-care practitioner that specializes in identifying, diagnosing and treating disorders of the auditory and vestibular system portions of the ear. Audiologists are trained to diagnose and treat hearing, tinnitus or balance problems. Once the patient is evalutated, they will often dispense hearing aids and assess candidacy for cochlear implants. A significant part of their routine is counseling families about the challenges of hearing loss in infants and teaching coping skills to late-deafened adults. Many hearing practitioners employ the same type of office as a medical doctor or dentist. It is usually constructed with hard surfaces such gypsum board on the walls and ceiling and tiles on the floor. For the patient, the room is stark an unwelcoming. The hard, reflective surfaces cause voices to echo back into the room producing powerful first-order reflections that will combine with the original speech to either amplify certain frequencies or cancel them out depending on where the dialog is situated within the room. This effect is known as comb-filtering. The problem is further exacerbated by secondary and tertiary echoes that create a dense, reverberant trail also known as flutter echo. For those with hearing impairments, understanding what is being said in these environments can be frustrating or even impossible. For the practitioner, the unpredictable room acoustics can introduce variables which in turn can result in a misdirected diagnosis.
How can Primacoustic help you?
The solution is easy and affordable. Applying 2” (5cm) thick Broadway™ acoustic panels to 25% to 35% of the total wall area will immediately eliminate flutter echo and attenuate primary reflections that cause comb-filtering. Broadway panels are made from high-density 6lb glass wool with resin-hardened edges and are fully encapsulated with micromesh to eliminate dusting. They are then wrapped in a rugged polyester tweed fabric that will stand up to daily use. The exceptionally even absorption across the voice spectrum and below makes them ideal for hearing examination labs as they will not color the sound by only absorbing certain regions. A typical examination room can easily be treated for under $800 and installation is as easy as mounting a picture on a wall. Once installed, you will notice a more comfortable working environment and improved intelligibility for the patient.
- Lowers noise – improves comfort and intelligibility
- Doctor to patient communication is vastly improved
- Removes acoustic variables for a more accurate diagnosis
- Reduces sound leakage into adjoining areas