Usually vibrations get to our ears through the air.
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If sound is vibrations, then the falling tree certainly does make a sound, because it produces vibrations in the air. Even if there’s no person or other animal around to hear the sound, a recorder with a microphone could certainly record those vibrations- as sound.
But wait! Nov 02, Does it make a noise?
The answer is quite simple if answering on a physical level: Yes and No! Yes, it makes a sound, that being a disturbance in the fluidic medium, air. When the tree falls it causes a disturbance in the air pressure field in the woods and that pressure field emanates away from the fallen tree.