Candidates are noise-tested by the Association Of Noise Consultants (it exists - and boasts more than 700 expert members) which compares Quiet Mark contenders with similar models.Spartacus:Vengeance Season 2
She would be straining to hear the voices of her children over the noise of her hairdryer, while her phone rang on the dressing table.
"Suddenly I got it. Peace and quiet has become such a rare commodity and even more so now than in my grandfather's time. Everywhere you go there are phones ringing, noise from the people next to you. It's particularly noticeable in built-up areas and cities like Brighton. Yet we all crave quiet. You only have to look at people on the Tube, hidden behind their books, wearing these enormous headphones.
It's a way of trying to zone out the excess of life."
The Noise Abatement Society is now the only organisation left dedicated to antisocial noise. Its 24-hour helpline takes a steady stream of calls from people at the end of their tether about theirwatch Dark Shadows
neighbour's lawnmower or the lorries reversing outside their houses.
"It's getting worse by the day and if we don't do something about it, our ability to hear the subtle sounds around us will disappear.
Noise is the only sort of pollution that can drive people to want to murder each other - it's deeply emotional. We know instinctively that it's important, it's just we don't always give it the attention it deserves."
Still, the pair remain astounded by the response their campaign has received, both from manufacturers and members of the public. They recently conducted a survey asking people to name the machine noise that irritated them most and had anJustified episodes