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Listen to your Internal Organs at the “Anechoic Chamber”

The Anechoic Chamber is the worlds quietest place.

It is a room located at the Orfield Laboratories in South Minneapolis, and it is 99.99% sound absorbent. The walls are double-insulated, and they are made of steel and concrete. Along the walls are 3.3-foot thick fiberglass acoustic wedges which help with the world record quietness.

Orfield Labs

Orfield Labs

If you have kids or a stressful job, this may seem pretty relaxing to you, but it turns out that people can’t stand to be in it for too long. The longest a person has lasted in it was 45 minutes. It becomes so quiet that you can actually hear your internal organs working. It is said that if you stay in for a long period of time, you can start to hallucinate.

Anechoic Chamber

Anechoic Chamber

Steven Orfield is the founder and president of Orfield Labs, and he admits that he can only stay in the chamber for 30 minutes. He says that after 20 minutes he can start to hear his lungs and mechanical heart valve working.

His description of the experience is probably the most accurate:

“When it’s quiet, ears will adapt. The quieter the room, the more things you hear. You’ll hear your heart beating; sometimes you can hear your lungs, hear your stomach gurgling loudly. In the anechoic chamber, you become the sound.”

Since there is no other sound in the chamber, you are in fact the only sound in the room. This can be so disorienting that it may drive a person insane. Because we orient ourselves and function through the sounds we hear when we walk, there are simply no other sounds to go by inside the chamber. Because of this, it is imperative that people sit down while in the chamber. Walking around is impossible.

“You take away the perceptual cues that allow you to balance and maneuver. If you’re in there for half an hour, you have to be in a chair,” Mr. Orfield says.

Anechoic Chamber has Beneficial Uses

As most of our ZazenLife followers know, space can be considered one gigantic Anechoic Chamber itself. The silence in space is actually way too loud for most humans to handle. So the point I am getting at is that NASA uses the Anechoic Chamber to put their astronauts through various tests. NASA wants to see how long it will take for an astronaut to begin hallucinating because of the extreme silence. Once they get the readings, the chamber becomes not a test site, but a training site for the astronauts to enhance their tolerance to the mind-blowing quietness.

Products are also tested in the Anechoic Chamber.

Harley Davidson used the Anechoic Chamber to help them manage the sounds of their motorcycles. They wanted to make the bikes much quieter, but keep that same popular Harley Davidson trademark sound. They were successful. So if this worked for Harley Davidson, I wonder if the Military uses these chambers to help silence their stealthy fighter jets.

Indeed, they do.

But for a person trying to manage their stress levels, I would think twice about spending too much time in complete silence.

Source: Herald Sun

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4 Responses to Listen to your Internal Organs at the “Anechoic Chamber”

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  3. I’d like to try it, once, just to see what it feels like. This is very interesting. Thanks for posting it!

  4. lou says:

    Cool stuff

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