Restaurant Acoustics: Restaurant Noise Reduction by Audimute

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If you’ve ever spent time in a crowded restaurant, bar, or nightspot on a Saturday night, you probably know that restaurant acoustics are often terrible. It's a shame, because a good acoustical environment will make people stay longer and buy more food. We aren't saying the ideal restaurant acoustics should make your place sound dead quiet...in fact, a good acoustic treatment will reduce the muddy sounds - echo and reverberation - leaving a lively buzz, but much greater clarity of sound. 

Many owners mistakenly attribute loud noise to a positive user experience - "It’s a noisy, busy fun place to be."  Sure, noise can be a good thing - but only if it’s controlled.  Diners don’t want to be bothered by the reverberation of other people’s conversations, the echoes caused by the clanging and banging in the kitchen or even the traffic outside. If your wait staff or customers have to shout to be heard, you have a problem. 

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How can I improve restaurant acoustics affordably?  

Many restaurant owners turn to Audimute Acoustic Panels for affordable acoustic absorption. Read Deagan's Kitchen and Bar case study for more information about enhancing your Restaurant Acoustics. 

Audimute's acoustic panels absorb up to 100% of the echoes and reverb from mid- to high-frequencies, those of voices, high pitch machinery, plates and glasses clanging.  Recent studies such as the Zagat Survey (which reviewed more than 15,000 restaurants across the nation) show that poor restaurant acoustics is the second most common complaint amongst restaurant-goers (second only to poor service!).  

Why are restaurant acoustics important?

More than 27 million Americans are hearing impaired - and this number is growing as Baby Boomers age.  Did you know that by age 50, 20% of Americans experience hearing loss?

To ensure that this growing need for better restaurant acoustics is recognized, the OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) has come out with regulations for restaurant noise reduction.  For example:

  • A hearing conservation program must be implemented when restaurant employees are exposed to 85 dB or more in an 8 hour day
  • Engineering or administrative restaurant noise reduction is required when exposure exceeds 90dB - this means owners must take measures to improve restaurant acoustics with the help of sound control products such as Audimute Acoustic Panels or Peacemaker Sound Insulation

Why should you obey these regulations?

Not following the OSHA restaurant noise reduction standards is an expensive mistake!  Restaurant owners can be penalized anywhere between $5000 - $70,000 if they ignore restaurant acoustics.  In 2002, for example, total penalties for OSHA violations exceeded $72.8 MILLION!

We understand restaurant acoustics and all the materials that can be used to solve your problem. Typically, restaurant owners find Audimute Acoustic Panels to be the most economical, stylish and best of all effective solution for restaurant noise reduction. They are easy to install and can be made to look mimic the decor or artwork you already have in your restaurant. We can even customize panels with your own image, logo or fabric selection. Get started by reading through our Buyer's Guide for Restaurant Acoustics for solutions and product recommendations. Or take fill out a free room analysis and our acoustic specialists will help you transform the acoustical environment in your dining area, lounge, or other loud spot.