It is a well-known fact that it is quite noisy aboard the ISS. Fans and pumps working all the time, valves closing/opening etc. Crew members live through it with ear protection, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try to make long-term stay in space more comfortable.
How much will it cost mass-, time-, and money-wise to reduce noise by any combination of means*?
We've long had an industry (building submarines) making considerable money on noise reduction, and loads of expertise. Can this expertise be applied to ECLSS (environment control and life support system) aboard manned spacecraft?
* Better bearings, noise cancellation, enhanced computer modelling of vibration & transient sounds, etc.