In this section, we recommend that you listen with headphones rather than loudspeakers.
(Distant male voice) “Ah…Dixie, what time is Andre getting home tonight?”
(Close female voice) “What? You know I can’t hear you when the water’s running!”Now that was a perfect example of the masking of one sound by another. The sound of running water masks, or obscures, the voice. Other examples of masking are constantly around us:
|In an automobile, the noise of the engine, tires, and whistling wind tends to mask the sound of the radio, and we have to turn up the volume. In open-area offices, privacy is often a problem:||
|It may be desirable to keep conversations like this from being understood ...|