SOUNDSCAPES

A BLOG ABOUT DESIGNING FOR THE EARS

Sounds Like Caregiver Competence

http://youtu.be/prbVJMLMGc4 A sound-dampening trial at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm demonstrates how a simple noise-abatement technique can significantly improve the patient experience. Gunnar Öhlén, Chief Medical Officer at Karolinska University...

Does Your Workspace Work? Listen…

Does Your Workspace Work? Listen…

When we talk about how an architectural space makes us feel, we tend to focus on two things: our visual perceptions, and our assessment of how the space works from a utilitarian standpoint. Our eyes see the various shapes and colors that the architect has created, the...

Care for Sound Symposium Extols Benefits of Music in Healthcare

There was an excellent symposium on the role of sound and “music intervention” in healthcare, Care for Sound, held at Lund University in Sweden on October 17, 2013. A number of distinguished speakers, all of them either clinicians or academics (or both), delivered...

Sound Waiting Room Design

Sound Waiting Room Design

Many new hospital waiting rooms are feasts for the eyes. But what do they sound like? In my last post I described a healthcare waiting room scenario in which the lack of any masking sound made it difficult to have a private exchange of information with the...

Sound and Privacy in the Waiting Room

What is it about medical waiting rooms that seems to magnify the anxiety we already feel as we’re about to see a doctor or wait for a loved one to go into surgery? On a recent visit to the doctor’s office with my teenage son, what struck me most about the...