FAQ: How To Control Classroom Noise


How to control classroom noise is one of the most common questions we receive from teachers and principals. Solutions are possible – find out here!


Q:           We are trying to make a 12 X 12 room with 10' ceilings more sound friendly for children with hearing implants. The ceiling and walls are plaster and the floor is concrete with tile. What would you suggest?


A:            Listening with hearing implants can be exhausting, especially for children. When you’re not used to background noise, it’s hard to tune out distracting sounds like air conditioners, cars driving by, and other kids shuffling around. Overwhelming home and classroom noise like this are the main causes of many classroom acoustic issues in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms where spaces are filled with hard desks and plain walls and floors.


When you're looking for how to control classroom noise, the goal is to reduce the sound pressure levels in the space to give you more room volume control. This means preventing cluttered noise from arising within the room and keeping it from entering from outside. The best way to achieve this is through the use of absorption. Usually, carpeting and window drapes are the first absorption materials put into place. Because of the design of this space, we would recommend using Acoustic Panels.


Acoustic Panels placed around the room will help to reduce the reverberation time, improve speech intelligibility, and absorb high or uncomfortable noise levels, which are the main concerns when working with children with hearing implants, or high classroom noise levels and acoustics.


How to Control Classroom Noise with Panels:

• Start light and build as needed: We typically recommend treating 15-20% of available wall space. For a room this size this is only about 9 to 12 of our 2'x4' panels
• If echo is an issue in the space, install panels at the points of first deflection
• Install panels 3 to 6 feet up from the floor, as few sound waves strike the bottom half of the wall
• Avoid placing panels directly across from each other. Sound travels in all directions, so panels in all directions offer the best absorption


Our fabric sound panels and acoustic art panels are hung and removed as easily as a picture frame, making them perfect for classroom applications. All of our panels – including our flexible design acoustic shapes – are available in standard and custom choices to perfectly match your design. Our acoustic panels are handmade in the USA from an eco-friendly blend of recycled cotton and cellulose fibers, most of which is post-consumer recycled newspapers. They’re the greenest sound absorption materials in today’s market and safe for any room application.


If you’re ready to solve your noisy classroom problems, check out our fabric sound panels perfect for schools, or call an Audimute Acoustic Specialist today at (866) 505-MUTE.