Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/183023/can-silence-actually-drive-you-crazy/
Ultra-quiet anechoic chambers have a ‘reputation’ for getting to people after spending time in them for just a short while, sometimes even inducing panic in some individuals. But is it actually as bad as people say it is, or does it depend more on the person in the chamber? Veritasium decided to test the theory and presents their results today’s video.
Drives me nuts. I even have trouble sleeping in silence. Keep the TV on low works for me. I don;t think I could stand a chamber too long. I could meditate by the air port. But there's folks that can use quiet chambers to figure out the meaning of their life. I agree most folks would be "hearing voices" and that sort of hokus-pocus. I can even stand squeeks, rattles, and other noises in the car. However not sure about the water torture drip drip drip. Maybe if I had Led Zep blastin'. Sorry, rattling on. Yes, pretty sure depends on the mental state of the individual. Some folks just need a audio distraction to keep the demons in check..
I have known a few deaf people... and they're not crazy. So the idea that mere silence can drive someone insane is a bit far fetched.
As to sleeping in silence... I do run a fan at night, but that's mostly to cover up small, distracting noises and to mask my tinnitus, which has come and gone since I was a kid. It's not the result of too much loud music. I have slept plenty of times out in the wilderness and out in the desert where I couldn't bring a white noise source and been just fine...
Are there people who may be very bothered by silence? I would not be surprised... but that's probably the manifestation of an underlying problem, not a new syndrome brought on by the silence.
The only problem I could imagine for myself would be my tinnitus, which would easily drown out any silence. Having had tinnitus for over three years now, I would LOVE to be able to experience silence again.
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