What’s the worst sound in the world?

A man holding his hands over his ears, as a visual representation of noise pollution.

No matter who are, there’s always that one sound that makes your toes curl and your skin crawl. Whether it’s terracotta plant pots, nails on a chalkboard or children crying, there are a whole host of sounds out there that can only be described in one way: unbearable. To get to the bottom of which sound really is the worst, we ran a short poll on social media to gauge people’s reactions to a shortlist of some of worst sounds to ever pass through a human ear. The shortlist was made up of suggestions from around the Cirrus sales and marketing office, with the option for respondents to add their own suggestions if they found our list of audio atrocities wasn’t abominable enough.

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Not every day’s a drag – measuring the noise levels of a drag racer

An image of drag racers, after their noise output levels had been recorded.

Cirrus Research recently welcomed the Wilson family to our headquarters in Hunmanby to help them with a very particular noise problem; they needed to ensure that their junior dragster conformed to Motorsport UK noise guidelines, and they reached out to us to help them. In this case study, we look at the backstory of the Wilson family and explain how we were able to measure the noise levels of a drag racer, demonstrating our adaptability and suitability to monitoring motorsport noise.

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dBActive app now available for iOS and Android!

This week, we’ve taken another leap forward in our product offering with the launch of the dBActive smartphone application! Available for both iOS and Android devices, dBActive works with our new Optimus+ instrument and makes monitoring and measuring noise easier and simpler. As well as being able to view live measurement data for all noise parameters, including octave bands, you’ll be Read More…

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Cirrus’ Christmas Countdown Is Here!

The festive season has arrived. Christmas cheer is everywhere as children write their lists to Father Christmas, people flock to the shops and supermarkets brace themselves for one of the busiest periods of the year. With so much to look forward to, it’s obvious that Andy Williams was right: it really is the most wonderful time of the year. Here Read More…

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Our Extended Black, Red & Green Friday Offers Are Here!

Due to popular demand, we’ve just extended and added to our host of festive offers! All our offer MUST END at 2pm on Thursday. Check them out below! This is the perfect time to add to your fleet of noise monitoring equipment or to make your first investment! With a range of refurbished Optimus® sound level meters and doseBadge® noise Read More…

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Why is excessive noise and noise pollution harmful?

A man holding his hands over his ears, as a visual representation of noise pollution.

Here at Cirrus Research, we’re driven by one main thing: to develop innovative instruments that will ultimately save people’s hearing from being irreparably damaged, and prevent them from developing other serious conditions associated with hearing loss. Most people who know our name will have awareness of just how damaging noise can be, whether it’s noise pollution in the environment or Read More…

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Cirrus Research Partners with Export Worldwide as Part of International Marketing Strategy

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Cirrus Research is proud to partner with Export Worldwide to make our noise measuring instruments available, worldwide. As part of Cirrus Research’s international marketing strategy, more than 50 of our products are available on the Export Worldwide platform – with more planned – in up to 20 languages.

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