DailyDirt: Listening To The Sounds of Silence (And Other Noises)

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Temporary hearing loss is not an uncommon experience after going to a loud music concert. It can almost be funny when you're talking too loud because you can't hear yourself, and thankfully, the ringing in your ears after a loud show usually goes away. People sometimes take their ability to hear for granted, but it's an important sense, and here are just a few interesting links on listening that you might want to check out before you need a hearing aid. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    The Real Michael, Jun 25th, 2013 @ 5:34pm

    Who knew that complete silence could cause one to hallucinate? I didn't.

    Pretty interesting stuff.

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 25th, 2013 @ 6:00pm


    Technically, it's not complete silence.. it's the absence of any echoes... and you CAN still hear stuff like your own bodily noises, like your heart beating and breathing.

    If it were complete silence, every deaf person would be insane....

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    Paul Renault (profile), Jun 25th, 2013 @ 6:32pm

    Re: Re:

    Um, no, not 'every' deaf person.

    Deafness doesn't mean silence, it means not hearing, or hearing poorly. Often, being deaf means noise - constant, 24 hour a day noise.

    Tinnitus can make you deaf, hard of hearing. It can isolate you, wrapped in a blanket of noise.

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    Guardian, Jun 25th, 2013 @ 6:32pm

    bad knowledge

    A) come live here at 7am the Quaker oats factory over 2000 feet away has a press go off for 1.5 hrs that's so loud i can put in ear plugs that dampen 25 db and it wont work
    try the opposite having noise constantly and you will find you become a retard for lack a sleep and it will kill you
    B) im just gonna move cause you need a bit of quiet

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 25th, 2013 @ 7:06pm

    Re: bad knowledge

    You do know that you can soundproof your ears right?

    And if you do it right you can even sleep with them, is cheaper than soundproofing the house, plus it can go with you anywhere, no more noise problems ever.

    Here is an idea.

    Get this design and mold some silicon gel in that form, cover it with some textile and some foam and you are gold.

    You wouldn't hear a bomb go off.

    Foam year plugs need to be inserted deep into the ear canal, that is why manufacturers tell you to insert and hold your finger for 20 seconds until it expands inside, else they don't work so great, I know I use them everyday and it hurts my right ear, silicon ones are great they dampen a lot of the noise, but only if they go around the whole ear, but to be comfortable for sleeping you need it to kind of be the size of your face so it feels like a pillow

    Ear defenders (ear mufflers but with sound properties) are constructed using normal building noise reduction materials(foam mostly), any tech for sound proof can be made into an ear muffler the secret is to have it go around your whole head so it is comfortable.

    You could experiment with the designs, I mostly use one that is inside a Jayne's hat, I can't hear a thing, but you can go for a Master Chief helmet.

    Aside from that there are sound proof curtains and walls, the walls are placed directly in the path of the sound and the curtains which are basically 2" cloth, foam, composites helps attenuate harsh sounds.

    Don't be a retard anymore, soundproof your ears today.

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 26th, 2013 @ 12:29am

    Most annoying sounds

    Numbers 1 and 2 actually give Fran Drescher a decent run for the money. Who'da thunk it?

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    Josh Brancek, Jun 26th, 2013 @ 3:51am

    OMG, I didnt know that complete silence could cause hallucinations in sane individuals!!!

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    Ninja (profile), Jun 26th, 2013 @ 4:16am

    Nails on a blackboard. For me it was the worst of all 5 sounds. I'm sure there's some sort of torture method involving that.

    As for the silent room I'd like to try it for a while. Should be an interesting experience.

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    John Menden, Jun 26th, 2013 @ 10:03am

    Awful Sounds

    None of those sounds bothered me. I wonder if I am very strange.

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    Anonymous Monkey (profile), Jun 27th, 2013 @ 11:31am

    Re: Awful Sounds

    Same here ... we must be 'special' o_0

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    Charles Pritchett, Dec 24th, 2013 @ 8:21pm


    cant we all just get along!

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