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Call it “elevator music for the public restroom.” It sounds simple, but background music in a public bathroom not only improves the ambiance for the customer, but it also provides a level of acoustic privacy; customers can hear less from their neighbors in adjacent bathroom stalls. But there are a few caveats: Background music in public bathrooms is more appropriate in some venues, such as restaurants, than others, such as airports, where sound systems are needed to announce flight information, or office buildings, where the music might permeate outside the restroom and distract workers.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|