The origins of the universal comforting “Shussh” sound

Have you ever wondered why we instinctively use the “Shussh” (?sp) sound to comfort people, especially babies?  It’s use is universal, across all languages and all races. Do we use it because we’ve heard other people use it, or is there another explanation?


Well, how about this?  The “Shussh” sounds mimics the sound babies hear when in the womb.  The noise is created by blood pulsing through the mothers blood vessels.  We’ve all hear the hissing, “Shussh” noise coming from water pipes as water flows through it.  It’s the same noise.

Not sure?  Follow this link for to hear the nosie for yourself.  The louder thump thump noise is the babies heartbeat and the slower “Shussh” noise in the background is the sound of the blood pulsing in the mother’s placenta.

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Philip Waldman D.O. FSCCO

Registered Osteopath and Cranial Osteopath,

Director of Chelsea Natural Health

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