What is the purpose of this room? Well, it is used by companies to figure out how loud their products are, for the most part. On occasion, NASA will send astronauts there to adapt to the silence of outer space. However, for people that simply wish to wander in and see how long they can last, it’s a different story. When inside of the room for several minutes, not only will you start to hear your own heartbeat, you will begin to come disoriented and have trouble standing or keeping balance.
“How you orient yourself is through sounds you hear when you walk. In the anechnoic chamber, you don’t have any cues. You take away the perceptual cues that allow you to balance and manoeuvre. If you’re in there for half an hour, you have to be in a chair.” Orfield says.