Sounds influence us in many ways. We are only aware of a minority of these effects and we are mostly aware of the negative ones that disturb or annoy us. SoundAppraisal is familiar with – and in fact contributes to – the latest theoretical and practical soundscape knowledge.

The soundscape perspective advocates that people don’t perceive their auditory environment based on sound levels (like current noise-policies), but instead give individual meaning to sound. And perhaps the most important meaning we give is which sound to ignore and which to attend to. Every one does this differently, but the principles of sound perception and the moods and emotions that sounds can elicit are the same for all of us.

The application of these general principles, suitably adapted to a specific situation, can help to answer problems like:

  • How can we create a more healthy, calm, or lively auditory environment?
  • How can we optimize the auditory environment in such a way that workers are less tired at the end of a working day, or patients recuperate faster?
  • What is the best approach to alleviate sound annoyance problems?
  • What is the best way to communicate with highly sound annoyed individuals?
  • What are the likely effects of (governmental) policies, or new infrastructural plans?

SoundAppraisal provides customized consultancy, training, workshops and master classes that address these and many more topics. These can be held in Dutch and English. Want to know more? Please contact us!