The tick-tock of a wall clock may be a little, nostalgic comfort or a vexing annoyance, especially when attempting to focus or rest. There are a few things you can do to make the sound of your clock softer and less boisterous.
First, choose a clock with several hours to count off. A clock that only has minutes will be overwhelming if not entirely distracting if it goes off every hour or so. Second, consider replacing the hands on your clock for digital ones. This will remove the need to constantly check the time and allow you to see at a glance what time it is without having to open the case or door. Finally, you can buy a clock radio. These devices use headphones or speakers instead of a loud clock face to provide audible alarm signals. They can be more effective than a regular clock in preventing sleep onset missteps.
Ticking clocks may be an indicator of old furniture or carpets. If you find that you are always hearing the tick-tock of a clock when you enter a room, it may be time to replace those fabrics. Old wool rugs or leather furniture will often have a slight vibration when walked on. This is because any fibers that get loose from their sewing threads will cause a noise when stepped on. It's best to call up your rug or couch dealer and ask which materials they use before you order so you know what to expect.
Whatever your brain believes, the clock only produces one sound: tick. TICK-tock TICK-tock, yet, because your brain loves to organize recurring sounds into melodic sections, you hear TICK-tock TICK-tock. Your ever-helpful brain usually assigns a lower pitched note to the second tone in a repeated sequence.
Tick tock comes from the need for accuracy in measuring time. If we used tick instead, then once every thousand years it would "tick" rather than "strike". This would be problematic if we were trying to measure minutes or hours with great precision, but it's not necessary for telling time roughly within a few minutes.
Here are some other examples of low-high sequences: hum, buzz, whistle, plink. Low-low sequences include droning and dripping. High-high sequences include ring, chime, clang.
Even though tick tock is easier to understand, use low-low sequences in music. They make for more interesting sounds and don't get old as fast!
The major reason modern clocks tick so loudly is that they are frequently manufactured with low-cost components with higher tolerance levels than ancient clocks. Another reason is because low-cost clocks use a pulsed electromagnet driven by batteries. This magnet pulses, causing the pieces to move, which causes the fingers to move. A third reason is that many low-budget clocks use a clockwork mechanism that works on the same basic principle as a wristwatch movement: The wheels and levers are held by springs and fall back into place after being pushed away by the hand or paw of a small animal (in this case, a bird).
Analog clocks used to be much noisier because they relied on mechanical devices such as weights and balls for timekeeping. Some analog clocks still make some noise due to the friction between their moving parts. But most digital clocks/timepieces produce little or no sound while working.
Clocks have been getting quieter over time. Early clocks made loud ticking sounds because they were built from high-quality materials and contained fine movements. These days, clocks tend to be made from lower quality materials and contain lower-quality movements, which cause them to run more quietly.
An interesting fact about clocks is that they cannot hear themselves tick! This is why you will never see a clock hanging on someone's wall with its hands pointed straight up or down - because they would be listening to it tick!
Cut egg crate foam pieces to fit within the clock body. Make sure the components occupy the body area while not interfering with the clock's gears and moving parts. Replace the clock's back panel and reposition it on the wall or shelf. The ticking should have stopped or at the very least become quieter. If not, replace any worn or loose parts.
As a result, when the pendulum swings one way, it makes a "tock" sound, and when it swings back, it makes a "tock" sound. Modern electric clocks operate in a different manner. Each second, the hands are advanced by little motors. When the motor moves the hand, you can hear the gears rubbing against each other, followed by a fainter sound as they relax back into position. These sounds are called "tick" and "tock".
At first, I was smitten by this clock. I bought it because it reminded me of the classic cat clocks I used to see in kitchens when I was a kid in the 1960s. It makes a tick-tock sound as the tail moves, but it didn't disturb me.. Until it stopped after a few months. Then I realized it wasn't real; it was just an electronic device that clicked off at a predetermined time. Still, I liked looking at it while drinking my coffee.
They're made by Danish company Godiva and are sold under their luxury brand Kit Kat. They're not cheap - one model costs about $300 USD - but then again, neither is chocolate.
The Kit Kat clock was first released in Denmark in 2004. Since then it's been added to other countries' versions of Kit Kat. So yes, they do tick!