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Acoustic conditioning of homes and the hearing impaired

By Acústica, Arquitectura, Construcción, Decoración

The acoustic conditioning of homes is an aspect that becomes particularly relevant when considering the needs of the hearing impaired. According to the EuroTrack 2023 Study on Hearing Loss and Hearing Aid Use in Spain, approximately 4.6 million Spanish people, or 10% of the population, suffer from hearing loss, deafness or other hearing impairments. These people face daily challenges in communicating and enjoying a quiet environment due to hearing sensitivity or hearing loss issues. It is therefore essential that homes are appropriately designed and equipped to provide them with an acoustically comfortable environment. Some of the best-known steps to be taken are the installation of adapted sound and communication systems that help to hear television, radio or group conversations within the home more clearly. It is also advisable to have light-based alarms and signals that provide visual warnings in case of an emergency, thereby offering an additional layer of safety and accessibility. But the main step that offers the best results is the use of materials and decorative components to control reverberation in different rooms, providing a clear and clean sound environment, free of echoes or annoying sound permanence. The use of carpets, curtains or soft furniture contribute to this goal but the ultimate choice is undoubtedly to include sound-absorbent wood acoustic panels on walls or ceilings in the most problematic rooms. An acoustic cladding of decorative wood panels or strips can ensure acoustic comfort and a significant improvement in the quality of life for people with hearing issues, while enhancing the design of a home and adding a touch of elegance and distinction.       If you liked this post about acoustic conditioning of homes, you may also be interested in:   - Installation of solid wood slat cladding using the GRID system - Wood ceilings for wineries: tradition and modernity in the great temples of wine - Why is wood one of the best materials for decorating and constructing buildings? - Definition of acoustic conditioning and soundproofing, what is the difference?        

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