Do You Think Dogs Can Have Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Earthless, May 15, 2014.

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    1. Earthless
      Cowboy

      Earthless Member

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      2012
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      Matt Pike
      Do you think dogs have tinnitus but can't tell anyone because they're dogs and dogs can't talk? Why don't people talk about this? I was surprised that a thread like this didn't exist already.

      Discuss.
       
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    2. Lisa88

      Lisa88 Member

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      11/2013
      I have wondered this too.
       
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    3. Asian

      Asian Member

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      4 weeks
      Maybe he will always prefer staying at a place in the house that has some masking sounds going on..just a guess;)
       
    4. Grace
      No Mood

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      I have a dog thats 19 and doctors say hes nearly deaf.. But just from bein so old he has neurological issues in his brain so i think he has age related hearing loss which developed around 5 or more years ago and i would bet alot he has T and H cause when my family would crank up the sterio he would all a sudden go bolistic and start howling and running up and down the stairs then he would like run his head over he floor and take his paws and like scratch his ears like hes trying to cover his ears or something.. But ofcorse he cant talk and tell us whats wrong so just a
      Guess but i bet he has loud T if he does :-( but he gets around great and is still going somehow.. Love that dog so much!!!
       
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    5. ItalianMan
      Fine

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      Dogs have already developed by themself "habituation to perception" as goal of TRT.
       
    6. mick1987
      No Mood

      mick1987 Member

      Location:
      UK (England)
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      08/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I hope not, poor little guy keeps getting ear infections and for obvious reasons can't plug his ears when emergency vehicles go past. :(
       
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    7. Earthless
      Cowboy

      Earthless Member

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      2012
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      Matt Pike
      Dogs don't do TRT, they're dogs. Maybe in Italy...
       
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    8. My cat is very jumpy and sensitive to noises. He is also a true "scaredy cat" I've often wondered if he has hyperacusis. Maybe a mild form. I also think he is phonophobic of the vacuum. He runs like mad from it and it's not ear damaging loud.
       
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    9. Valentin

      Valentin Member

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      17/08/2013
      it's not ear damaging to humans but animals do hear differently than us.

      http://www.hearforever.org/userfiles/image/tools_to_learn/SS4_Hearing_Sensitivity.jpg
       
    10. Haha i know @Valentin I was just being silly. However my cat startles more than a regular cat. Very nervous kitty.
       
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    11. linearb
      Psychedelic

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      most tinnitus research uses animal models and is based on the assumption that tinnitus can be generated in animals through ototoxic drugs and noise trauma -- it's pretty horrid research to do, honestly. I want a cure as much as anyone else here, but so far we have no cures and we've tortured a hell of a lot of animals.
       
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    12. Matt01

      Matt01 Member

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      28/11/14
      I wonder if it's common in something like Woodpeckers...
       
    13. SoulStation
      No Mood

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      New York
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      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise / Possible Medication
      I thnk if a dog had T he or she wouldn't care or know it. I believe they can get it for sure but they won't suffer from it.
       
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    14. nills
      Barefooter

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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      Hearing Health refers to studies that say that fish and birds have the natural ability to regrown lost auditory haircells. mammals unfortunately not. A dog is a mammal so I think they can get tinnitus for sure. But they would n`t care. I think they are unable to judge it emotionally.
       
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    15. Matt01

      Matt01 Member

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      28/11/14
      How about a Beaver then?
       
    16. nills
      Barefooter

      nills Member Benefactor

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      Cause of Tinnitus:
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      I rarely meet beavers so I don`t know .. my regular social group consists of faithful dogs, whining cats, beautiful nightingales and a dirty pig here and there ...
       
    17. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

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      Why do you think this? In animal studies of tinnitus, they are generally trying to elicit a "tinnitus related stress and anxiety response". I agree that the way humans can suffer is a lot different because we can project our ego into the past and future in a way that animals (probably) can't, but anxiety doesn't seem pleasant for any living being...
       
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    18. Ricky81
      Worried

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      We are animals too. So yes dogs and cats can get tinnitus because they are our distant cousins.
       
    19. SoulStation
      No Mood

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      You're correct. I wasn't aware of that aspect of the animal model (irritability/aniexty).
       
    20. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

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      It's really awful :( The more I read about animal studies, the more I want to just stop reading and give some money to PETA, lol. On the other hand, the most recent animal study I've read was in the patent application for Autifony AUT00063, and lord knows, I want that drug to work, we need to test drugs to know they are safe enough to give humans, etc. It's a conundrum :(
       
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    21. walkthroughwalls

      walkthroughwalls Member

      Location:
      The Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      possibly noise
      My guess is that all mammals can get T and can suffer because of it. You don't have to be able to name or express something in order to suffer from it.
      Animals likely do not have a concept of time, missed opportunities, 'I have this but most other dogs do not - this is unfair' etc etc. So they won't suffer in an "OMG I'm going to have this for the rest of my life!"-type of way.
      What they do experience, is probably a 'this is really uncomfortable right now!" and a higher level of stress.

      Apparently, most T-studies are being done on rats. I think they measure their T by brain activity scans or by measuring stress-hormone-levels.

      I'm also really undecided and uncomfortable with animal testing. I really would like to see a cure, but at the same time I don't want to hurt any animals.
       
    22. Atlantis

      Atlantis Member

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      02/2014
      I feel sorry for this dog, helicopters are loud.

       
    23. Sailboardman
      Frustrated

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      04/21/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sensorineural hearing loss right ear.
      How do you think "Rin Tin Tin" got his name?
       
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    24. Sailboardman
      Frustrated

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      Sensorineural hearing loss right ear.
      None of the beavers I've ever gone out with, had Tinnitus. };-)
       
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    25. Lorac

      Lorac Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sudden profound hearing loss in left ear.
      I'm a huge dog lover so I have considered this. During the early stages of my own tinnitus and hyperacusis, I had to tape my dog's metal tags together because I couldn't stand the sound. When the sound of clanking metal hurts your ears, you become very aware that dogs never hold still unless they are asleep! They lick, scratch, etc when they are awake. This made me think about the dog's ears and I will always tape the dog tags together from now on (even though the sound of clanking metal doesn't hurt me nowadays). The noise probably bothers them too. I think that dogs have more sensitive ears than humans. My guess is that dogs who go deaf probably do suffer with tinnitus.
       
    26. JasonP

      JasonP Member

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      6/2006
      Probably, but they probably deal with it a lot better and also they have higher frequency hearing such as ultrasonic hearing (ex. they can hear a dog whistle) so I would think they have more sound to hear that can lessen the noticeably.
       
    27. Path Maker

      Path Maker Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2015
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      acoustic
      @ street spirit I have one cat (out of three) who I would definitely say has hyperacusis. He got it before I did - maybe from birth! Whenever I unload the dishwasher (which I now try to do ever so quietly), he meows in distress and runs down into the basement from the sound of the cutlery clinking together. And he startles exceptionally easily too. The other two cats do not react like this. Poor little fellow.
       
    28. JasonP

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      My cat meows when the metal forks and spoons are put away from the dishwasher! The other cats we have did not do this. It is weird because she meows and might get up but she doesn't run away into another room and she doesn't meow when the forks and spoons are loaded into the dishwasher.
       
    29. Path Maker

      Path Maker Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      @JasonP Interesting! I wonder how many cats do this?
       
    30. JasonP

      JasonP Member

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      6/2006
      I don't know...should I do a poll? Just kidding! Inside joke going on here on the forum because of the 25 polls or so I have put out :)
       
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