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Can Dog Barking Cause Tinnitus?

According to the research of “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”, about 20 million Americans have chronic tinnitus. It’s more common in old age people than in youngsters. Although there could be various reasons behind this disease, many people think that dog barking can be one of those reasons. In reality, dog barking doesn’t link directly with tinnitus, but if it is loud, constant, and repetitive for many days to weeks, it may lead to hearing loss called tinnitus.

Symptoms of Tinnitus

Tinnitus is basically a ringing that you feel in your ear even if there is no external sound. Besides ringing, tinnitus can cause some other types of phantom noises.

  • Clicking
  • Buzzing
  • Roaring
  • Hissing
  • Humming

People usually have subjective tinnitus that only they can hear. Tinnitus noise can be heard in one or both ears, depending on the patient’s condition. Moreover, the intensity and pitch of sound also vary. Sometimes the tinnitus noise is so high that patients find it difficult to hear the external sounds. Tinnitus can be present all time, or it may come and go.

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Dogs Barking and Tinnitus

According to research, constant exposure to noise levels over 70 decibels for more than 8 hours can cause some hearing defects linked with tinnitus. A barking dog usually has 113 decibels sound, but they cannot bark at this intensity for more than 30 seconds. A loud dog barking can cause a spike that will settle down in a day. Thus, it’s safe to say that dogs’ barking does not cause tinnitus, but its prolonged exposure can lead to uncommon hearing defects. Moreover, dog’s barking is illegal in U.S and other countries after a certain time period.

What Causes Tinnitus?

Tinnitus can be caused by various reasons apart from age factors. The most common causes of tinnitus are described below.

Ear Infection 

Your ear canal can become obstructed with the development of liquid (an ear disease), earwax, soil, or other unfamiliar materials. A blockage can change the pressure in your ear that causes tinnitus.

Hearing Loss

Small, fragile hair cells in your cochlea (inner ear) move when your ear gets sound waves. This development triggers electrical signs along the nerve from your ear to your cerebrum (hear-able nerve). Your brain will detect these signals as sounds. If the hair inside your internal ear is twisted or broken, it can release irregular electrical waves to your brain, which causes tinnitus.

Head and Neck Injuries

Head or neck injury can influence the internal ear, hearing nerves, or brain capability connected to hearing. Head or neck injuries only cause tinnitus in one ear mostly.

Drugs/Medications 

Various medicines might cause tinnitus. It is evident that in some cases, the higher the dose of these medicines, the more terrible tinnitus becomes. Frequently the unwanted sound vanishes when you quit taking these medications. The medicines that cause tinnitus are non-steroidal mitigating drugs (NSAIDs), some antibiotics, cancer medicines, water pills (diuretics), anti-malarial tablets, and anti-depressants.

All the causes mentioned above can lead to mild to severe tinnitus that may induce the following conditions in a patient.

  • Memory problems
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Sleep problems
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Problems with work and family life

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Preventive Measures for Tinnitus

Usually, chronic tinnitus can’t be prevented, but some precautions can help prevent certain types of tinnitus. Follow them and keep yourself safe from getting tinnitus.

Use of Hearing Protections

Prolonged exposure to loud noises can damage the ear nerves, which can cause hearing loss and tinnitus. So, you have to limit your noise exposure, which is possible with hearing protections (wearable devices that can lowers the intensity of sound that enters your ears).

Keep Volume Low

Listening to music and anything at a loud volume for the long term through earphones can badly damage hearing ability. Thus, you must keep the volume low so that you can protect yourself from getting tinnitus.

Live a Healthy Life

A healthy lifestyle can protect you from various diseases, including tinnitus. You must do regular exercise; eat healthy to keep your blood vessels healthy. Obesity and blood vessel disorder can be the causes of tinnitus, so you must opt for a healthy lifestyle to prevent tinnitus.

Limit the Consumption of Alcohol, Caffeine, and Nicotine

Alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine in excessive amounts can lead to conditions of hearing loss. Hence, limit the consumption of all these to lessen the chances of getting tinnitus.

Final Thoughts

Dog barking cannot cause tinnitus, but prolonged exposure to a loud dog’s barking noise for at least 8 hours can lead to some hearing disorders. Avoid exposing your ears to loud noise for extended periods, and you should wear some hearing protection to prevent tinnitus.

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