Noise Interference with Speech Communications

When background or ambient noise levels are sufficiently high enough, the background noise can mask the sound levels of speech that wish to be heard. Restaurants can often be classic examples of excessive noise interference due to lack of sufficient quality or quantity of sound absorbing materials that prevent excessive noise buildup. Diners have to speak louder and louder to be heard and in doing so compete with one another, thereby increasing the sound levels to even greater levels. Appropriate acoustical treatment will prevent the reflected noise buildup and significantly reduce the necessity for diners to speak louder to enjoy conversations with one another.