Oscar Acoustics in The Guardian
"Great food, but please do something about the noise." The battle for quieter restaurants.
Background noise in some eateries can reach the equivalent of a lawnmower or a motorbike. It's enough to put you off your dinner.
The knock on effects are clear. According to Action on Hearing Loss, 79% of people, both those with and without hearing loss had experienced difficulty holding a conversation while eating out. Eight out of 10 reported having left a restaurant, café or pub early because of the noise. Ninety-one percent said they would not return to venues where noise levels were too high, and 43% have opted for a takeaway instead of going out and decibel-doging.
Ben Hancock, Managing Director of Oscar Acoustics explains, “noise reduction doesn’t mean have to mean killing the vibe – recently working with Ottolenghi the brief was to absorb enough sound to make speech easy but also, “keep an atmospheric buzz.” The level of sound absorption depends on the thickness of our spray-on acoustic finishes and what they went for, "fine tuned the acoustics so that it was right on the edge."