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Binghamton University Very Quiet Room

A researcher at Binghamton University sometimes has to go somewhere really quiet to do his job.

That’s when Ron Miles, a prominent professor in the school’s mechanical engineering department, enters a special room called the anechoic chamber in the Innovative Technologies Complex.

Prominent Professor Ron Miles of Binghamton University in the anechoic chamber on the Vestal campus. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Prominent Professor Ron Miles of Binghamton University in the anechoic chamber on the Vestal campus. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Miles uses the underground chamber as a laboratory. It is considered one of the quietest rooms in the world with walls covered in sound-absorbing materials. It’s surrounded by heavy, thick walls designed to block sounds — like the vibrations of trucks on the nearby Vestal Parkway — from being heard inside.

Miles said most of his research has been in sound detection technology, including microphones. The goal of some work is to develop better hearing aids.

Miles said that to do this, “a very, very quiet space” is needed.

Specialized equipment inside the anechoic chamber at Binghamton University. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Specialized equipment inside the anechoic chamber at Binghamton University. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Miles has worked in the mechanical engineering department at Binghamton University since 1989.

His acoustic research explored the hearing abilities of flies, mosquitoes and spiders.

The anechoic chamber door at Binghamton University shows comparisons with similar facilities. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The anechoic chamber door at Binghamton University shows comparisons with similar facilities. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected].

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