What is Noise Abatement and Who Cares Anyway

Not sure what Noise Abatement is, well perhaps this has happened to you...

-You're enjoying movies in your new home theater only to be frustrated because the sound is still not quite clear even though you bought the best speakers on the market.

-Your neighbor's dog is keeping you up at night because its barking is so loud you think the canine is in your own backyard. 

-You meet your friends out at your favorite restaurant and you struggle to hear the conversation because of all the noise around you.

If you can relate, it's probably obvious to you when sound is annoying or distracting.  But did you know that sound's negative effects can be more than just a nuisance or distraction? It can also make you sick.  Recent studies show that sound greatly impacts both our health and our productivity.  

Today's open office setting is a perfect example of this. The noise from coworkers and these surroundings has been found to not only reduce our focus and concentration, but it can increase stress levels that can then lead to illness.

In fact, chronic exposure to noise at 50 decibels and higher -  the sound level you would easily find in many of today's office spaces and classrooms - increases your risk of cardiovascular disease significantly.

noise abatement

So What Can You Do About It?

Enter sound control. Noise Abatement is the reduction of noise volume and enahncing the quality  of sound in a space. It's the best solution for controlling the nuisance noises as well as making our living spaces healthier and happier places to be. 

Noise Abatement is best achieved by adjusting the acoustic qualities of a room using acoustical products. Below are the two main types of Noise Abatement and the benefits and ideal uses for each:

Soundproofing Sound Absorption
Benefits  Stop noise from going into or out of room

Control echo, reduce reverberation 

Make the acoustics of a space sound better


Rubber, Vinyl, Metal 

Heavy, bulky materials that add mass to walls

eco-C-tex (Audimute's Acoustic Sound Panels)

Fiberglass; Mineral Wool; Polyurethane Foam 


Best built into wall, ceiling floor structure

Can also be applied or hung on outer surfaces as well 

Outer surfaces of walls 

Must be exposed in order to work 

Best in Situations

Music Studios, Home Theaters, Practice/Recording Spaces

Pet Noise 

Sound Sensitive People 

Doors, Windows and Walls 

Home theaters, Restaurants, Practice Spaces, Large open spaces 

Churches, Gymnasiums, Open Offices

Medical Offices 

Common name   Soundproofing, Sound Barrier, Sound Isolation Materials 

Acoustic Panels, Sound Panels

Acoustic Sound Panels, Soundproof Panels


STC (Sound Transmission Class)-the higher the STC the better 

NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient) 

The higher the NRC the better 

NRC rating ranges between 0.0 - 1.0

There may be occasions where the best solution is both solutions.  If you need to reduce echo and reverberation and reduce sound transfer, combining both soundproofing and sound absorption materials will best achieve this. For helpful acoustic treatment tips, read through our Improving Acoustics: The 4 Step Checklist article to help you achieve your desired acoustic environment. 

Done right, proper acoustics in a room will not only make being in that room more pleasant, but you'll actually feel more comfortable and happier.  Not only that, you'll be doing something good for your health and long-term well being. 

For more articles about noise reduction and acoustic improvement, check out our Sound Control Resource Center to ensure that your acoustic treatment is successful.