World’s Quietest Room
Scientists at Orfield Labs have created “the world’s quietest room,” a room that has a Guinness world record-holding -9 decibels as compared to the usual 30 decibels for quiet spaces. These scientists study the effects of the room on people as well. Every area of the anechoic room absorbs sound so completely that subjects have been able to hear their own organs and even hallucinate. Most are so discomfited by the room that one person has only been able to stay in there for forty-five minutes. The room is normally used to test the sound level of products, such as lighting.