What Sound Does A Clock Make?

Tick Tock is the name of the sound that clocks conventionally make. But surprising as it may sound most modern analog clocks don’t produce two distinct “tick” “tock” sounds but rather produce only one ticking sound. And though there are silent clocks nowadays that produce absolutely no sound, quartz clocks that produce the ticking sound are still quite popular. Another very important thing to note is that this doesn’t mean to say that all the clocks produce only one ticking sound, as pendulum clocks and other mechanical clocks where the original phrase “tick” “tock” originated from actually did produce two separate sounds one a bit sharper than the other. But this, however, is now not the case like we discussed above

Why do these clocks tick you ask? Well, The second hand of a conventional analog clock moves and stops every second for a bit, this leads to the small vibrations within the glass of the clock and prompts the “Tick” sound that we are so fond of hearing every so often.

New Clocks And New Sounds

As innovations grow in the world of clocks there are without a doubt quite a few innovations when it comes to sounds in clocks. For instance, as we mentioned above, there are clocks nowadays that you can buy that don’t produce as much as a single shred of noise in case you like a quiet environment, if you are interested in purchasing silent clocks, we have a great list of some of our favorite silent clocks in another elaborate article, “here” is the link do give it a look too if you are interested. Whereas on the other hand there are quite a few quartz clocks that you can buy that offer more than just the conventional sounds with them for instance singing different kinds of songs or making different cuckoo sounds every hour.

History Of Sounds In Clocks

Its been quite a while now since clocks have come with the sounds. The very first alarm clock was made by a farmer that only made sound once during the dawn. And farmers cumulatively as a profession were the very first people who popularized the concept. As they had to wake up earlier then most of the professions at the time. Quite a few centuries later a clock that could only sound once in the early morning evolved into something that could be set according to the time one wishes.

a GIF of the cuckoo clock to better elaborate "How does a cuckoo clock work?"

Then soon came along the Cuckoo clocks, that took the industry with a surprise, as they were not only graceful and antique in their look. But could often be used as an alarm clock when deemed fit

Have Clocks Always produced Sounds?

Yes the first mechanised clocks did to some extent produce some kind of sound in one way or another.

 There sound “Tick” Tock” became most popular when the pendulum clock was invented. As it was a mechanically run clock and produced two alternate sound after every second. This was used to align with the pendulum moving right and left, the pendulum moved left and the fork strikes the outside of a spike of the gear ( as can be seen above in the GIF ) to produce the Tick sound, and then the pendulum moved left prompting the fork to strike again onto the gear but this time in the inside of spike producing a slightly different sound “Tock” And this is how the history of ticking in clocks came to be

Are Ticking Clocks Annoying?

Yes and No, this really does depends on the person. There are quite a lot of people who find the sound of a clock ticking rather quite annoying but on the other hand there are also people who find this ticking sound soothing. So it really does depend on the person.

Do Modern Clocks Produce Two Sounds?

No, most modern clocks do not produce two separate sounds but in fact produce a single ticking sound like we just discussed above and if you think otherwise its basically a result of a psychological effect which has been embedded over our years of hearing the clock 

How To Make Clock Sound Quiter?

There are quite a lot of people who are disturbed by the sound of a clock going “Tick” every second, whether when you are trying to sleep in a silent room or sometimes even when you are trying to study. Which often prompts the question how does one make this sound less disturbing is you can either try putting some weight on the back of the clock. Another thing that you can try is oiling the overall mechanism.

Loudest Sound Producing Clock (Alarm Clock)

The loudest clock or rather an alarm clock that we have is the sonic bmb alarm clock. This alarm clock also vibrats quite a lot when the sounding feature is turned on. Moreover, you can also set multiple alarms as you deem fit. It is completely battery operated, rather quite easy to use and comes with adjustable tune and volume control. It can produce sounds up to 113db. last but not the least it is come in a variety of colors which vary in prices by a bit

  • Red: Coming at a price of $29.59 as of now
  • Pink: Coming at a price of $44.71 as of now
  • Black: Coming at a price of $35.45 as of now
  • Blue: Coming at a price of $35.45 as of now
  • Jungle: Coming at a price of $35.45 as of now
  • Purple: Coming at a price of $37.14 as of now
A picture of this clock to better elaborate "What Sound Does A Clock Make?"


This clock has an exceptionally high rating, it comes with a high rating of 4.5 stars out of a total 16,653 ratings. 77% of these ratings are 5 Stars. Lets take a look at some of the reviews to get a better gist.

TJ Fox Says: Gave 5 Stars

“I basically sleep like a dead person, and I’ve tried EVERYTHING. I was tired (no pun intended) of sleeping through classes, work, and just about everything else, so I decided to give this one a try. I have slats under my mattress, so I had to put the bed shaker under my pillow instead – and I’m glad I did! The bed shaker feature works extremely well. If you’re like me and you hit snooze while you’re still sleeping without realizing it, YOU NEED THIS. The bed shaker will make you feel like you are falling off a mountain; it’s very strong, and you may end up on the floor. Now on to the sound; this is the first alarm clock I have ever purchased that wakes me (and the rest of the neighborhood) up 100% of the time. I work full time on an ambulance, and honestly, I can’t decide what’s louder, my siren or this alarm clock! The very first time I used it, my neighbor came knocking on my door because it also woke him up. Sorry, Mr. D, but I’m keeping it.”

Jamie Davis Says: Gave 5 Stars

“As a heavy sleeper, this will definitely get you up in the morning!
If you also need to not disturb other people with a crazy loud alarm, you can turn it onto just vibrate, which is still enough to get me up in the morning. I thought it would be really jarring but after a night or two, you just get used to it. Underneath 2 pillows the vibrating pod still delivers a kick that you can feel down your whole body.
Another cool thing is that it can be dual powered, meaning that if your power cuts out, or someone stupidly turns off the plug, then a battery inside can keep it running and you on time!”

Bracly Says: Gave 4 Stars

“This thing is loud and should work for my teenager…..however, he still sleeps through this. I honestly don’t know how. It is crazy loud and obnoxious. I think for 99% of heavy sleepers this should work fine, but it didn’t for us. Still a good product and I would recommend it. Crazy I know, but I feel this product would work for most everyone else.”

Hopefully, this article was helpful in informing you about answering some general questions about sounds in clocks. If you have any clock-related questions, feel free to use the comment section below. And if you want to know why clocks don’t appear in dreams, we have a great article on just that so do give it a click if you are interested “Why don’t clocks appear in dreams? Clocks and dreams!“. And stay tuned to ohmyclock for more interesting articles about clocks. Here is also a link about the history of clocks if you want to give that a look “History of timekeeping devices

AK Iqbal

A University of London’ student with a passion for writing. Clocks have always intrigued me and the importance that they have in our lives is way beyond phenomenal. So, on this site, I write everything about clocks, everything from answering any clock-related queries that you might have along with recommending some of my favorite clocks accordingly. Moreover, I will also be conducting some researches on clock related topics and sharing the things that I learn. So stay tuned to ohmyclock for all the fun clocks related content

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