Are You Just Looking For Some Quiet?

Published On April 2, 2018 | By Carrie Buchanan |

Have you heard about the world’s quietest room?

Where is this room?  Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington.  All sound from the outside world is locked out and any sound produced inside is stopped cold. It’s called an ‘anechoic’ chamber, because it creates no echo at all.

No noise.  It is the absence of sound.

This is the world’s quietest place.

A speech and hearing scientist and principal designer of the room says “As soon as one enters the room, one immediately feels a strange and unique sensation which is hard to describe. Most people find the absence of sound deafening, feel a sense of fullness in the ears, or some ringing. Very faint sounds become clearly audible because the ambient noise is exceptionally low. When you turn your head, you can hear that motion. You can hear yourself breathing and it sounds somewhat loud,”

In the real world, we are constantly subject to some level of sound, so there is always some air pressure on the ear drums. But when you walk in this room, the constant pressure is gone, since there are no sound reflections from the surrounding walls.

Microsoft’s chamber is currently registered in the Guinness World Record as the world’s quietest place.

What are they used for?  A place for parents to escape from their kids? Ha. Funny.  But no.

“Anechoic chambers are generally used to test noises and sounds coming from a variety of products with a high degree of scientific reliability. Microsoft uses it for audio equipment such as microphones, receivers, headphones and speakers, or to analyze clicks and hums from computing devices like keyboards, mice, fans and backlight modules on touch panels and displays.”

Wonder if they rent it out.

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