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To Reduce Hospital Noise, Researchers Create Alarms That Whistle and Sing
New York Times

In 2012, Yoko Sen was in an emergency room, tethered to a machine bleating relentlessly in her ear.

She was “freaked out,” she said, and felt helpless.

When a nurse returned to the room, Ms. Sen asked if it was O.K. the device was screaming.

“Yeah, this thing just beeps,” she recalled the nurse saying.

Ms. Sen, an electronic musician, was stunned. How could something “so loud and so jarring” be considered normal?