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The World’s Quietest Room
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Have you ever wished you could have some peace and quiet to relax? Well according to Discovery.com, too much silence can drive a person mad. Scientists at Orfield Labs in Minneapolis created a chamber that absorbs all sounds making it the world’s quietest room. The average sound level of a “quiet” room is 30 decibels whereas the sound level in the chamber is -9.
The scientists built the room by installing 3.3-foot thick fiberglass acoustic panels to the walls to absorb the echoes. Behind the panels is a wall made of steel and a foot of concrete. To enter, you must walk through two vaults. The anechoic chamber is 99.99% sound absorbent and holds the current Guiness World Record for being the quietest place on Earth.
The room is so quiet that you begin to hear your own internal organs at work including your stomach, heartbeat, and even your own ears. After 30 minutes inside the room you begin to hallucinate. The longest anyone has lasted inside is 45 minutes!
For those of you who want some more silence in your home without going crazy, try purchasing the soundproof curtains – the AcousticCurtainTM and AcoustiDoorTM. They can reduce sound from coming through windows and doors by 90%, giving you the perfect amount of peacefulness!