Evaluating and improving hospital soundscapes

Erica E. Ryherd, James E. West, Jeremy Ackerman, Craig Zimring, Kerstin Persson Waye

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Abstract

Many hospitals are noisy and stressful places. Evaluating the hospital soundscape requires insight into how the acoustics is impacted by architecture, building systems design, material selection, etc., and the corresponding response of staff, patients, and visitors to the sound environment. Healthy hospital soundscapes are vital to patient sleep and recovery, staff health, task performance, and communication, and visitor comfort. Although there is growing and strong evidence that the hospital soundscape is problematic, there are many remaining questions and obstacles. The Healthcare Acoustics Research Team (HART) is an international, interdisciplinary collaboration of specialists in architecture, engineering, medicine, nursing, and psychology. HART is actively engaged in research in the United States and Sweden, having worked in a dozen hospitals and a broad range of unit types including intensive care, emergency, operating, long-term patient care, mother-baby, and others. HART seeks to advance the understanding of how various aspects of the hospital soundscape impact occupants, how to best measure and quantify these aspects, and how to translate results into evidence-based-design. Taken as a whole, these studies provide new insight into how to create healthier hospital acoustic climates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication41st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2012, INTER-NOISE 2012
Pages4560-4565
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2012
Event41st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2012, INTER-NOISE 2012 - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Aug 19 2012Aug 22 2012

Publication series

Name41st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2012, INTER-NOISE 2012
Volume6

Conference

Conference41st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2012, INTER-NOISE 2012
CountryUnited States
CityNew York, NY
Period8/19/128/22/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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    Ryherd, E. E., West, J. E., Ackerman, J., Zimring, C., & Waye, K. P. (2012). Evaluating and improving hospital soundscapes. In 41st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2012, INTER-NOISE 2012 (pp. 4560-4565). (41st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2012, INTER-NOISE 2012; Vol. 6).