How Redesigning the Abrasive Alarms of Hospital Soundscapes Can Save Lives

Reinventing the aural landscape of medicine, to make life calmer for patients and easier for doctors.

from Fast Company

Between 2011 and 2013, ambient electronic musician Yoko K. Sen spent time in a local hospital receiving treatment. She didn’t like what she heard. The incessant stream of jarring noises—slamming doors, beeping medical equipment, blaring televisions in neighboring rooms—wasn’t exactly conducive to a restful recovery. When she learned that some believe hearing to be the last sense we lose before death, Sen began wondering: Is this really what terminal patients should hear during their last moments on Earth?

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