The installation of a well-designed ceiling in a healthcare environment can contribute significantly to the comfort of the occupier. High-performance ceilings are an optimal solution for improved speech intelligibility. Control of flanking paths are vital for confidential communication between doctor, occupant and career or family to take place. Hearing is considered to be one of the first senses to be affected by the ageing process. High frequency pitches are the first to become less audible with a lesser sensitivity to lower frequency sound. The ability to understand normal conversation is usually not affected at first, but when combined with the presence of background noise, comprehension may be decreased. It should be noted that reverberation is an issue that can be easily controlled with thoughtful acoustic applications and without additional costs. The need to minimise meaningless background noise and reverberation, and converting noise into sound is key.
The use of sound-reflective hard surfaces need to be compensated for with highly sound absorbent materials that are long-lasting and easy to clean. It is crucial to determine that the right ceiling panels meet all necessary safety requirements. Stone wool is 100% pure resin bonded mineral wool, and a natural volcanic diabase rock is melted and transformed into stone wool. Stone wool ceilings meet the highest levels of design performance criteria particularly for healthcare. Good quality sound easily passes through the surface and is efficiently absorbed in the stone wool material which in turn provides excellent acoustic control.