The quietest room in the world is located in South Bank University in the UK.
Being sat in a very quiet room is many people’s idea of heaven but this is taking things to the extreme and one man has described what it was like.
The ‘Anechoic Chamber’ is soundproofed to be so silent that sound has to be measured in negative decibels and people are asked to spend no longer than 45 minutes or they will lose their minds.
The record for the longest amount of time spent in the room is held by YouTuber Callux who managed to remain for 1 hour 26 minutes.
The designer of the chamber, Steven Orfield, said:
“We challenge people to sit in the chamber in the dark.
“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.”
Callux described the chamber and described the rules that he was told to follow:
1. The challenger must be alone in the chamber.
2. No sleeping/fainting is allowed.
3. The challenger must be monitored and remain under constant supervision at all times.
4. Sound must stay below 25DBa.
5. The challenger is permitted to speak for up to one minute every five minutes.
6. The challenger is permitted to leave at any time.
7. Optional – the challenge must be completed in the dark.
After only 5 minutes in the silence, Callux reported feeling disoriented and having extreme tinnitus in both his ears.
After 15 minutes, he claimed to see strange lights around his head and after 30 minutes, said he could hear the sound of his own bloodstream pumping though his body.
Watch his video below: