All Time Timers should operate without any loud ticking and are appropriate for sound-sensitive environments such as test taking, study sessions, silent reading time and more.
When the Time Timer is placed nearby and actively running, even in a quiet environment, it should operate nearly silently. Only when the Timer Timer is placed directly next to your ear might you be able to hear a faint sound of the quartz movement that drives the colored disk.
If, while the Time Timer is placed on a nearby surface, you hear a loud ticking sound coming from your Time Timer, then the timer should be replaced. If you've purchased your Time Timer from a retailer such as Amazon or an educational supply store, we encourage you to contact them about their replacement or return policy first. If the retailer cannot help you or you've purchased your Time Timer directly from our website, please fill out this form to request a replacement and we'll get it all taken care of!