Total Silence

@inertia4 (27714)
United States
July 21, 2016 12:03pm CST
Silence, is it really silent? Or does it have it’s own sound. Lets look at this quite closely. I think silence has a sound. Think about this for a moment. You are sitting in a room or some place isolated. You hear nothing, you just see and smell. Now, because there is no sound around us, we listen anyway. We always listen. So, we are always looking for some kind of sound to be made to hear. As we listen to nothingness, we do tend to hear something. It’s like looking at something for a long time, we swear it moves or closes in on us. Same thing with hearing and listening. We get the feeling of silence closing in on us and as it does we hear like a hum. It does get louder the longer we try to listen to silence. It is strange, I know. And this post might seem strange. But I have experienced this myself before. So I ask the question, does silence have a sound? Or does it just seem to have a sound? I think it is the mind creating something to hear within ourselves. And it stops when we stop concentrating so hard. Like after looking at something for a long time and seeing it move, we blink and it stops. Like an illusion. The human body and mind are quite amazing. The ears, in total silence do hallucinate. And we hear things that are not there. That is fact. Although we mostly never experience complete and total silence, if we try and isolate ourselves in a room completely sound proofed, we will experience silence on a mega scale. And we will then hear what our ears want to hear. As I said, it sounds strange but it’s true, very true. I think this is an interesting topic, I hope you do also. Copyright © 2016 Steven Cetta All Rights Reserved Image Credit : CoolText.com inertia4, Total, Silence, inertia4posts
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• Preston, England
23 Jul 16
if it feeds our imagination, silence can be deafening
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
24 Jul 16
Exactly. That is exactly what happens. We have to hear sound. Otherwise we might go mad.
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• Preston, England
24 Jul 16
@inertia4 sensory deprivation is one of the cruellest possible tortures
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
25 Jul 16
@arthurchappell That sound about right. That would be torture. I would never want to deal with that.
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@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
22 Jul 16
silence is relative, I was once in a cave, and when it was silent, it was...oppressively so. it's not normal, nor comfortable
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
22 Jul 16
I know. And that's why we create a sound to hear. There obviously is not sound in silence, but our ears make sound inside out heads. It's not real, it is actually creepy.
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@shivamani10 (11187)
• Hyderabad, India
16 Aug 16
@inertia4 Silence is also a kind of sound a state in which you do not feel it.
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
16 Aug 16
@shivamani10 That I believe you're right about. I haven't read the article since I saw it the first time. But I do believe we don't feel it.
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@velvet53 (17705)
• Palisade, Colorado
26 Jul 16
Great discussion and you do have a point. I think that we can experience total silence but we are so used to hearing noises that it is hard to believe that there truly isn't any noise but utter silence. Does that make sense?
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
26 Jul 16
Ye it does make sense. We have a need to hear. But silence is maddening and loud. It's like I guess being in a vortex or something.
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@velvet53 (17705)
• Palisade, Colorado
26 Jul 16
@inertia4 Right. That's like trying to be quiet so you don't wake others. One may think they are quiet as a mouse but others may say they are loud.
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
28 Jul 16
@velvet53 Right. We can never be too quiet. I see silence as something we enjoy from time to time. But only for short spurts.
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@CRK109 (14403)
• United States
23 Jul 16
Love this post! I often sit and listen to the silence. Sometimes I think the true sound of silence is air moving around. It's never completely still so there is always some kind of sound as the air moves against us and around us.
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
24 Jul 16
True. Very true. But in an isolated room, totally sound proof, our minds and ears hear a loud silence. Not right away. it happens the longer we sit in a room like that. Strange I know, but true.
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@CRK109 (14403)
• United States
24 Jul 16
@inertia4 Not sure I'll ever know that. Maybe in my bathroom since that's the only room without windows. But right now it's way too hot in there to stay for more than a minute or so (unless I'm in a cold shower!) lol
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
24 Jul 16
@CRK109 I hear that. It has been real hot by me also. And going to be for at least another week before we see some relief.
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• United States
21 Jul 16
most interestin' 'ndeed. the only time i've 'xperienced such 'twas 'fore gettin' a danged mri. i wish those brief moments 'f quiet'd lasted, lol.
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
22 Jul 16
Some MRI's are noisy. But I know what you mean. I like silence and quiet. But not all the time.
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• United States
22 Jul 16
@inertia4 i told 'em when such 'twas done i felt like i'd come out'a a sci-fi james bond movie - a martini, shaken, not stirred'n they really needed somebody to answer the danged door! all that knockin' jest 'bout made me ill. 'tis ne'er truly quiet 'round here. there's the birds, winds whistlin' through the trees, birds, waterfall, horses hollerin' from the pastures...love e'ery moment'f such :)
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@crazyhorseladycx That's nothing compared to where I am. Noise everywhere. Traffic, horns, sirens and people yelling. One thing we do not lack in the city is noise.
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@blitzfrick (2912)
• United States
10 Aug 16
I've always thought I could hear silence, but turns out it's just what's called 'ringing in the ears.' On the other hand there's a word for the color a person sees when they open their eyes in a totally dark place: eigengrau. Whoa. So maybe the sound I've always thought of as the sound of silence will someday get a fancy name that isn't the label of some sort of physical flaw. Fingers crossed.
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
10 Aug 16
Maybe it will get a name. Ringing in the ears is not the sound of silence though. That has a name, it is called Tinnitus.
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• United States
10 Aug 16
@inertia4 yes, I know about tinnitus. But what I hear in the silence isn't that, or if it is, I want to rename it a lovely name, like the color eigengrau, only for silence.
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
10 Aug 16
@blitzfrick Cool. Okay, you can rename it. I have a slight ring in my ear. And I know it is Tinnitus. But I know that silence does have it's own sound. And it is loud.
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21 Jul 16
"Silence is the loudest voice I can hear..." I wrote a poem on Silence some time back. The aforestated line is from that poem of mine. The theme of my poem and your post is very similar.
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
21 Jul 16
So, great minds do think alike. LOL. I hear you. And yes, silence is the loudest thing I have ever heard as well.
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23 Jul 16
@inertia4 Yes, they do. Atleast I like to think so
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
23 Jul 16
@The_Bong_Woman You are correct, they do. But we are a rare breed.
@skysnap (18040)
21 Jul 16
Silence makes the sound in the mind of person who shuts up the most.
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
21 Jul 16
LOL. Maybe. But silence is supposed to be golden, but the reality is, it's not.
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@skysnap (18040)
22 Jul 16
@inertia4 exactly.
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@skysnap That what I say. LOL. It really isn't.
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@miniam (9233)
• Bern, Switzerland
21 Jul 16
To me silence is being able to be just me, not worry about music or someone talking to me or the traffic outside. Funnily, l dont consider the sound of nature birds ,waterfall to be noise
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
21 Jul 16
That nature is still sound. I mean total silence. That also has a sound. I looked it up and sure enough, our ears create a sound.
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@miniam (9233)
• Bern, Switzerland
22 Jul 16
@inertia4 I still love the sound of nature and it`s music to my ears
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@miniam That is true. There is nothing like that at all anywhere.
@OreoBrownie (3657)
• Commerce, Georgia
18 Oct 16
Unless a person is totally deaf, you can recognize silence when you hear it. I heard the clock ticking on the wall, the traffic heard in the background, I hear the thoughts in my own head. You can hear silence if you are listening for it.
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
19 Oct 16
Well, there is a sound to silence. It become overwhelming. I looked it up online. All the studies show that people can hear silence. Not the ringing one would get from Tinnitus or loud noise. But a humming of sorts. They say the sounds comes from the inner ear to help the ears hear something.
@Ceerios (4752)
• Goodfellow, Texas
5 Aug 16
@inertia4 - Brother Steven - Silence can be the noisiest thing a person may never hear.
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
6 Aug 16
Exactly. That was the point I was trying to lay out in this post. Some people think there is no noise. But the reality is it is way loud.
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@BelleStarr (39719)
• United States
4 Aug 16
I will have to give this a try and hear "The Sound of Silence"
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
4 Aug 16
Silence is not really silent. Even though it really is supposed to be.
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@JESSY3236 (7532)
• United States
26 Jul 16
Silence is a sound too. Here it is quiet until in the mornings when the birds start talking. My mother joking says I live in a jungle because the birds outside.
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
28 Jul 16
LOL. Cool. Silence is a sound. And a loud one at that.
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@PatZAnthony (13118)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
26 Jul 16
You are right-Silence does have a sound. It is overwhelming, too much to bear at times. Ears seem to have a world of their own. Our thoughts echo there is the imagined silence.
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@shaggin (38419)
• United States
24 Jul 16
I agree with you this is a very interesting topic. I hear not really a hum but a very faint ringing sound. I think it is due to chronic ear infections though when I was young.
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
25 Jul 16
I have a slight case of Tinnitus. So I hear a little ring in my left ear. But that is not caused by silence. I would most likely hear that run in total silence. But it would still be maddening.
@owstalaga (4576)
• Philippines
24 Jul 16
Silence is the absence of sound so of course it would sound... silent. Unless of course if we're not used to silence we'd get fidgety and imagine stuff up and make sound just to hear sound.
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
24 Jul 16
The human body does hallucinate in total and complete silence. That is why they say silence is loud.
• Shillong, India
23 Jul 16
I think Silent word itself is another type of sound where we can hear when we concentrate
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
23 Jul 16
I can see that. But I was talking about actual silence.
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@Hatley (164471)
• Garden Grove, California
23 Jul 16
yes I have indeed heard the hum of utter silence I think our ears hear it because they always want to hear lol
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
23 Jul 16
From what I understand we create that hum sound. Not us but our ears. It can become maddening.
21 Jul 16
No, silence has no sound. But the world has sound. Didn't they design a completely soundproof room and nobody was able to stay in it for more than fifteen minutes? I think I read that somewhere. The silence was just too deafening!
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@inertia4 (27714)
• United States
21 Jul 16
That is correct. They did have a sound proof room. And silence is deafening. But what I read online is that silence does have a sound. Not a traditional kind of sound. I think our ears hallucinate the sound.
@Bluedoll (17050)
• Canada
3 Aug 16
ahhhhhhh boom boom poooooooooooo boom boom ahhhhhhh.... What would we hear if there wasn't any sound? Ourselves? Underwater sounds are different but sounds are just muffled, anything to escape that constant electric hum. Not sure about the hallucinate part but if we close our eyes they still see imprinted images. I wonder if the listening part is similar?