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How do we hear sound?

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Learn the basics of how we hear sounds.

This lesson includes:

  • three videos explaining what is sound and how we hear sound

  • three activities to try at home


Sounds are made when objects vibrate.

The vibration makes the air around the object vibrate and the air vibrations enter your ear - you hear them as sounds.

You cannot always see the vibrations, but if something is making a sound, some part of it is always vibrating.


The following videos discuss how we hear sounds in more detail.