Hearing impairment in the workplace

Andrew Schaefer
ARC605 | Fall 2019

Individuals experience many different degrees of hearing levels.The objective of this project is to create a working environment that is adapted to people with various level of hearing impairment. Assistive devices enhance sound, but do not filter out ambient sounds. Certain materials can help filter out ambient noise. Furniture can also facilitate spatial awareness, ease communication, and facilitate orientation and wayfinding. Poor lighting conditions on the other hand, interrupt visual communication and are major contributors to eye fatigue that can lead to a loss of concentration and even physical exhaustion.