The news coverage of the Boston bombings has a cacophony of sounds, background noises, sirens, etc such that I tend to turn a deaf ear. Just the other day we were unsure if it was my cell phone, tablet or the TV chirping before I realized I'd changed the ring tone on the cell. All the electronic gadgets that have presence in this house have their own little noises to share. But as the beep, pause, beep, pause continued it was time to summon Jerry from his chair to assist in the search Having spent the last years of his career with electronics he is more familiar with the various sounds and rhythms of electronic devices. His hearing is not as sharp as mine which is another story that frustrates me, but when I said, "listen for the beep" he immediately opened and closed the doors of the refrigerator/freezer too despite my protest that I'd already done that several times. He proceeded to monitor the kitchen, the cable TV and weather alert wiring, wireless phones, the smoke and CO2 alarms in the hall and bedrooms without success. He stepped back to the laundry room, could it be the dryer or washer, neither of which were in use? No luck there so he went downstairs to the entertainment area, below the kitchen and he could barely hear it, it was upstairs. But just in case, he checked the furnace room with its multiple controls, the water heater, etc. Nothing flashing, silence, no beeps below but he stood below thinking. I remained in the kitchen fiercely looking at all our appliances, "for crying out loud, which of of you is it!"
As Jerry returned I burst into laughter, " aha, the dishwasher!" I had opened it before the heated dry cycle was complete to set the clean dishes onto the table. We seldom use the heated dry feature, but we had both forgotten to push the start button that morning and so faced with a full dishwasher, ran it on heated dry. With two of us we run it every few days, we wash up our pots and pans and load the rest into it until its full. Guilty as charged when I lifted the door back into place, it flashed and beeped in protest. A quick flick of the cancel and noise gone.
But this had me thinking about all these electronic appliances, utilities and gadgets with their noise making ability. A quick Google search indicated "Noise generated by electronic devices varies greatly, as it can be produced by several different effects." But when did all this clatter begin, I don't remember ever before having appliances make so much noise. Our refrigerator absolutely groans and moans when it cycles with forming new ice as though its release of cubes into the ice tray is dyspeptic relief. My Keurig warming hums along another tune.
I really prefer the sound of quiet and or my own voice so I ponder, why must everything sound off. Our kitchen appliances are all rather new 2009 General Electric appliances. I found an interesting and yet appalling discussion of what the futrue holds for electronic noises on this website