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Top 4 most loved / hated sounds

Top 4 most loved / hated sounds

Published at 1:11pm 5th December 2017. (Updated at 7:50pm 5th December 2017)

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What do you think the most hated sounds are? And what are the most loved sounds? Ikoustic Soundproofing got hold of the list and there are some surprises on there. 

Sound is all around you every single day. In fact, unless you're in space or a vacuum silence isn't actually possible. So it's pretty important to enjoy (or at least  not hate!) what you're listening to. 

Humans most loved sounds

  • Gentle waves - the rhythm of this can actually change the rhythm of your heart, slowing it down and relaxing your body. This also works in the opposite way - if you're in a nightclub with a pounding fast bass your heart rate will actually speed up. 
  • Crunching snow - Unlike the waves above, the reason most people like this sound is more of a learned behaviour. Snow (and the sound of it) is often associated with childhood, happy memories and that unadulterated freedom of building snowmen and having snowball fights. 
  • Crackling fires - There is a rhythm to this which can help relax and there are lots of different theories around this one. Fire could be linked to our primitive behaviour when having a fire on meant safety, warmth and a sense of community. 
  • Human voice - Whilst many people may not automatically think of this as a favourite sound, human ears are actually designed to listen to the human voice (which ranges from 20Hz to 20,000Hz) and your voice is actually designed to deliver that frequency enabling communication and therefore survival.

Humans most hated sounds

  • Squealing brakes - It's likely that this is now an automatic reaction which we as humans have developed to keep safe. Hearing brakes will usually involve feeling the need to move out of the way.
  • Angle grinder and dentist drill
  • Nails on a chalkboard
  • Fork on a glass and knife on a plate

One thing which may have noticed about these lists - generally speaking the loved sounds are lower frequencies and the hated sounds are high frequencies. The most hated sounds all actually fall within a specific range (2,000 to 5,000Hz) which are particularly unpleasant for humans to hear and cause a reaction in a part of the brain called the amygdala. 

The good part? Ikoustic Sound Proofing can help you select what you would like to hear and what you would like to avoid hearing. And luckily, high frequencies which tend to include the sounds we hate hearing are easier to block out. 

Workplaces, public areas, schools, homes and much more all make the most of Ikoustic Sound Proofing which can improve productivity and well being. 

Listen to the sounds below when Beth Parsons talked to Rick from Ikoustic Sound Proofing on Stray FM's Health and Well Being Show. 

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