When Does The Fetus Start To Hear

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Leahp - April 8

Hi ladies, I was curious when the little tike starts to hearin the womb, I'm almost 17 weeks and can't wait to start introducing music, although there isn't much of a belly!

 

D - April 8

I've read that it is possible for them to hear around 12 weeks.

 

BBK - April 8

Leah, all research points to around 30 weeks, but our unborn daughter moves when we play cla__sical music, since 18 weeks. She consistently moves a lot in certain pieces, especially Vivaldi and Brahms.... so I'd say try it

 

D - April 8

Hmmm... interesting. You got me looking, BBK. I can find numerous websites that say anywhere from 12-20 weeks... these websites tend to be pregnancy ones (such as this one), prolife, individual ask the Dr. types, or personal websites. The websites that include "University of..." all agree with 30 weeks! (I figured they would, given your familiarity with scientific research!) At 30 weeks, they're saying its the first time that the fetus responds to sound in any measureable way... so... where are these other people getting their information? is it all anecdotal?

 

BBK - April 8

Scientific ways are strict.....something has to be consistent and measurable....all those other web sites could have anecdotal evidence, but you have to keep in mind that much of scientific evidence was at one point anecdotal..... anecdotal evidence is what spurs research most of the time. i.e. just because we can't measure something, it doesn't mean it's not there ;-)

 

D - April 8

Personally, I'm going with the idea that I have some extra ears down there somewhere, and trying to keep my voice calm and whatnot, so I don't encourage a stressed out kid! Plus, its good practice for me not to talk about stuff I don't want shared with the whole kindergarten cla__s someday... :) I kinda figure if I can warp the child to like my singing, I'll have one fan! unfortunately, even that fan will get their own ideas....

 

BBK - April 8

D, you're so funny! Just take it easy on the Karaoke machine! I'm thinking, and it's only my speculation, that what babies in the womb can hear is muffled, and for a good reason.... their tiny membranes have to be protected. Some high freq sounds probably get to their ears easier than the low ones.....so aim for the high notes :-)

 

D - April 8

No Karaoke for me... Just me and my mountain dulcimer.

 

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