The problem with medical offices

There is nothing more uncomfortable than sitting in a dentist’s reception area while listening to the shrill rasping of a high-pitched drill emanating from the ‘torture chamber’ that awaits. Controlling unpleasant sounds is an important step towards making your practice a more enjoyable place to visit. But there’s more: with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy rules recently coming into force, the medical profession is being urged to contain all conversations regarding a patient’s health within the confines of the consulting office. It is a now a breach of privacy that can leave the practitioner liable if that conversation spills into public waiting areas. This ruling does not just apply to doctors, but to the full spectrum of health disciplines such as dentists, chiropractors, optometrists, physiotherapists and so on. Sound proofing is often thought to be an expensive and difficult process. In most cases, it can be both easy and very affordable!

How can Primacoustic help you?

When attempting to control sound, the two aspects we have to address are the noise or echo inside the room and then the sound energy that we are trying to prevent from either entering or escaping the room. First, excessive reverb or echo in a very excited room makes communication between the doctor and patient difficult to understand. This is caused by hard surfaces such as gypsum walls and tiled floors reflecting energy back into the room or along corridors. Treating the wall surfaces with 15% to 25% coverage by mounting 1” (2.5cm) thick Broadway™ acoustic panels to the surfaces provides quick remedy.  These are made from high-density glass wool and are covered in durable polyester tweed fabric. The second problem is the sound traveling up through the plenum, and reflecting into the office or public waiting area next door. Common acoustical ceiling tiles have no mass. They are ill-equipped to stop sound. Primacoustic ThunderTiles™ combine the sound absorption characteristics of high-density glass wool with the benefits of added mass with a gypsum backing board. Both are fused into a single, easy to manage replacement tile that fits in all standard T-bar systems. The minute wool fibers convert excessive energy inside the room into heat, while the mass of the gypsum board blocks sound from either entering or escaping through the plenum. This delivers excellent attenuation within the room while effectively blocking all discussion from leaving the room. Your patients immediately benefit with enhanced communication, privacy and a more relaxed atmosphere.

Executive Summary

  • Improves speech intelligibility and creates a calm environment
  • Prevents sound bleeding into public waiting areas and reception
  • Hugely mitigates the possibilities of HIPPA fines
  • Class-A fire safe for use in all types of buildings
  • Easy to install and needs no servicing or maintenance