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If a tree falls in a forest and there's no-one there to hear it...does it make a sound?

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The age-old philosophical question, “If a tree falls in a forest and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?” has puzzled people for centuries. The answer is not so simple, as sound is a physical phenomenon that depends on the presence of a healthy ear to detect it. The key word here is healthy, so issues such as earwax blockages and Tinnitus will weigh in on the dilemma.

In this blog, we’ll look into what sound is and your ear’s effects on it all. If you’re looking for something that goes into Quantum Physics, here’s a link to an interesting blog from Oxford University.

 
IF A TREE FALLS… WHAT IS SOUND?

Sound is created by vibrations in the air that travel through the atmosphere and into our ears. These vibrations cause our eardrums to vibrate, sending electrical signals to our brain that we perceive as sound. In other words, sound is not a property of the object creating the vibrations, but rather the perception of those vibrations by an ear.

So, if a tree falls in a forest and there is no one there to hear it, it does indeed create vibrations in the air. However, these vibrations are not considered sound until they are detected by an ear.

 
IF A TREE FALLS… HOW IT’S LINKED TO YOUR EARS

While this may seem like a philosophical discussion, it has real-world implications. Our ears are incredibly important for detecting and interpreting sound, and it is essential that we take care of them. This means removing any earwax blockages that can impair our ability to hear. It can also be internal noises like Tinnitus that stop you hearing outside sounds. Basically anything that would stop the vibrations or mask the sound in any way.

 

 
IF A TREE FALLS… SO DOES IT MAKE A SOUND OR NOT?!?

The answer to the question, “If a tree falls in a forest and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?” is yes and no. Yes, it creates vibrations in the air, but no, it is not considered sound until it is detected by an ear.

This differs from the view of Dr George Berkeley, who is first recorded asking this question in the 1600s. He said that if no-one else is there, then God would still be present therefore a sound is made. He still agrees with the basic principles: it’s only sound if someone (or something) hears it.

 

 
IF A TREE FALLS… WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU

So, remember to look after your ears and have any earwax blockages removed by a medical professional, and seek help for you Tinnitus if it is becoming unbearable, to ensure that you are able to fully enjoy the sounds around you.

James David Hearing Care offer state of the art micro-suction to quickly and gently suck any blockage from your ears.

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