children said they could hear their teacher more clearly in an acoustically-treated room*
the reduction in stress-related symptoms after an acoustic intervention in a pre-school**Sources
the speech transmission index (STI) of teachers in an acoustically-treated classroom, allowing for normal vocal efforts***
High noise levels aren't just bothersome – they also lead to poor listening conditions that comprise speech comprehension, word recognition, and ultimately, academic performance. Poor acoustic conditions have also been associated with reduced short-term memory and reading skills. Acoustic wall and ceiling solutions absorb sounds to improve speech intelligibility, making it easier to hear and understand what's being said.
Poor classroom acoustics can cause both physiological and emotional stress-related symptoms such as fatigue and headaches, particularly for students who are sensitive to excess stimuli.**** Acoustic absorption measures minimise noise disturbances to create learning environments that are comfortable for all types of learners.
Hearing, vocal, and mental health are at risk for teachers who spend significant time instructing in poor environmental conditions day in and day out. An acoustic strategy can create comfortable, empowering workplaces that shape staff mood, performance, well-being, and long-term physical health.
Product materials, circularity, and durability are all necessary considerations in designing comfortable educational environments, and they’re also required in green building certifications. Long-lasting products that can be recycled indefinitely are key to sustainability in new constructions and retrofit projects alike.