Speech Privacy and Sound Masking in Modern Architecture

Sponsored by Cambridge Sound Management, Inc.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Determine the importance of acoustic privacy in the workplace
  2. Identify what sound masking is and what role it plays in speech privacy
  3. Illustrate the principles involved in the ABCs of good acoustical design
  4. Identify some of the major design issues related to speech privacy in open offices, private offices and health facilities
  5. Discover what speech privacy is and how it is measured


This test is no longer available for credit
Recent research has found that current work environments are fulfilling the needs for collaboration and communication, but are doing a poor job of providing an acoustical environment free from distractions and conducive for productivity and speech privacy. This presentation will cover:
  • Research on current satisfaction levels in workplace environments
  • Current design trends and associated acoustic issues
  • Fundamental acoustic principles
  • Sound masking technology and what it can and cannot do
Participants will leave with an understanding of how to identify interior design factors that will signal the need for sound masking and approaches to address the issues.


Cambridge Sound Management, Inc. Cambridge Sound Management, Inc. (CSM) is the developer of Qt Quiet Technologyâ„¢ sound masking systems. CSM offers innovative, simple and intelligently designed solutions to the problems of privacy and acoustic distractions based on over 50 years of research started by Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN).


Originally published in December 2014