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LISTEN UP! How to Improve Acoustics on World Listening Day

acoustics in schools

Did you know…that July 18 is World Listening Day? We recognize that while this isn’t necessarily a Hallmark holiday, we’d still encourage you to celebrate, nonetheless. To that end, and in honor of the observation, we thought we would share some interesting statistics that might surprise you.

Listening…By the Numbers

  • 20,000–30,000 – The number of words the average person hears every day

  • 70% – The daily amount of time spent engaged in some form of communication

  • 55% – The daily percentage of time devoted to listening

With such compelling stats, it makes sense that by taking steps to improve acoustics in a space, some of the following results could be realized:

  • Improved focus
  • Improved speech intelligibility
  • Improved recall

Students, in particular, can benefit from improved acoustics. Afterall, much of their school day centers around listening.

Here’s another statistic for you to consider: more than 60% of misunderstood information stems from poor listening, not the inability to comprehend the information. If you can imagine yourself sitting in a loud classroom, it isn’t too hard to imagine that this is true.

Acoustics in Schools: Quick Ship Panels

To help remedy acoustic issues in schools, we’re offering two of our panels, S-2000 and S-2100, as part of a Quick Ship Program. Both are highly customizable and available within four weeks. We recognize that summer is a great time to complete school projects while students are on break. We are happy to do our part to help!


Here is an overview of the two panels that are part of the program:

S-2000 Standard Panel

S-2000 Standard Panels provide an NRC rating of up to 1.15. They are specifically designed as a multi-purpose absorber panel and are an especially economical way to resolve reverberant noise problems.

You can choose from natural or chemically hardened edges in four profiles, and standard or custom sizes up to a maximum of 4’ x 10’. They can be customized with a slew of fabric and color options from Guilford of Maine, DESIGNTEX, Knoll Textiles, Maharam, Hytex, Luna Textiles or Carnegie Fabrics.


S-2100 High Impact / Tackable Panel

S-2100 High Impact / Tackable Panels are ideal for high-traffic environments requiring superior acoustical performance. These panels are constructed using a 1/8”, 16-20# PCF layer that is bonded to a rigid 6-7# PCF absorptive core.

Like the Standard Panels described above, they, too, are offered in custom sizes up to a maximum of 4’ x 10’ and have four edge profiles to choose from. Likewise, they can be customized with a number of fabrics from leading manufacturers.


Have Questions About The Program or Products?

If this blog has made its way on your summer reading list, improving acoustics in a classroom likely is among your to-dos. We can help. Uncover your design possibilities with a complimentary consultation. Get connected to our team of product experts today.


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