Soundwalking is one resource that may help to improve patients’ experiences of clinical settings. Soundwalking is a framed exercise in active listening. A soundwalk could take place anywhere such as a park, restaurant or the city block. Soundwalks have been organized for various groups, including New Music concert seasons, urban planning and ornithology gatherings, and conferences on sound.
Soundwalk methodologies have also been manifest in a “virtual” context; that is, where the participant experiences the acoustic environment as a three-dimensional recording played through headphones. The goal of the soundwalk is to prioritize the act of listening in order to become receptive to the sounds of the environment.