Going Deaf, Sound Expert Races to Finish His Life's Work

In a busy world filled with the sounds of traffic, airplanes, construction equipment and crowds, noise pollution has emerged as a leading environmental nuisance.

However, quiet places remain…if you know where to look.

Eight years ago, audio engineer Gordon Hempton identified the quietest place in the continental United States, a place he calls the “One Square Inch of Silence.” Via this symbolic spot in a northwestern rain forest, Hempton has campaigned against noise pollution.

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