Guinea Pigs for Pets: Are They Loud? Can They Damage My Hearing or Worsen Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Mr Joel, Mar 20, 2023.

    1. Mr Joel

      Mr Joel Member

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      I put a deposit down for 2 guinea pigs for my kids. I assumed these would be a quiet animals which is why I went for them. I now have been told they can actually be quite noisy! Has anyone here had experience with them? I’d rather pull the plug now before they arrive and find a different animal to bring home!
       
    2. MatthijsDJ
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      MatthijsDJ Member Benefactor

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      Sliedrecht, The Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      No root cause found, most likely stress...
      They can be noisy yes, e.g., when they hear a sound that they relate to getting food, but not super loud.
       
    3. Jammer

      Jammer Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      I can definitely recommend fish. Very quiet; you'll only hear the bubbler going at night.
       
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    4. Nick47

      Nick47 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Viral/noise
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    5. fishbone
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      fishbone Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1988
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud noise and very bad sickness
      This all depends on how sensitive your ears are.
       
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      Mr Joel

      Mr Joel Member

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Why would I be kidding? Go on YouTube and type it in. They sound very high pitched and loud at times.
       
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      Mr Joel

      Mr Joel Member

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Ok... maybe it won’t be to bad and I’ve been misinformed. The last thing I want is to actually get them and then not be able to tolerate the high pitched noises.

      Considering a rabbit instead!
       
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    8. ZFire
      Tired

      ZFire Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012 (mild) & 04/2021 (severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxicity (2012) Unknown-likely noise induce (2021)
      What are the odds you bringing up Guinea pigs (as test subjects) in the Michigan thread and another member here makes a thread about Guinea pigs as pets on the same day? Lol.
       
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    9. momus

      momus Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/1998
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      antibiotics
      I would go w/ a cat, but make sure you pick one out that is friendly. Maybe get one on death row from a local pound and do a good deed while you're at it. Cats do meow, but it's not loud at all. I've found them to be fun and loyal companions, they're devilishly smart too. Some folks have allergies (as do some cats), but the short hair cats don't make people react as badly as the long hair ones.

      We had a rabbit for a while. They fall into my category of "doorstop pets". Not a lot of interaction or personality, they prefer to sit around and munch on a carrot. Cats DO like interaction, the older ones get more like couch potatoes until they see something scurry somewhere, then they're highly awake. My last cat slept between my wife and I for 8 years, while her sister slept on her own bed in the spare bedroom. They're like mischievous children, although Sissy the cat was more like my best friend and a LOT less upkeep than the wife! Nicer too when you get down to it.
       
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    10. Nick47

      Nick47 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      UK
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      2015
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      @ZFire, I actually thought that lol. Hopefully they don't start cutting up the guinea pig looking for the DCN.
       
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    11. cjbhab
      Chatty

      cjbhab Member

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sinuses, Ear infection
      Your guinea pigs are not going to be an issue noise wise.

      My opinion as someone who has had rabbits, cats, guinea pigs etc.

      A dog, on the other hand, would be concerning.
       
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      Mr Joel

      Mr Joel Member

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Thanks. That’s exactly why I’ve had to look elsewhere. I’d love a dog but there is no chance I’m going to risk it with how sensitive my ears are!
       
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    13. Jammer

      Jammer Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      I recommend cats as well. Self cleaning and they don't need a walk 3 times a day.
       
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    14. sakrt
      Tired

      sakrt Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Specific issues
      I feel one of the most important things, is to look at your lifestyle and children's personalities to select the best type of pet. I agree with @momus to adopt them from a shelter. There are also some quiet family friendly dogs too, such as the laid back pugs, golden retrievers, labs. Older cats/dogs seem to be the quietest.
       
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    15. lymebite
      Vegged out

      lymebite Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

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      United States
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      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Some good rabbit videos here. Not doorstop pets!

      Two Dumb Buns & a Cat

      “This channel is for our dumb (smart) buns (bunnies) Sawyer the Holland Lop and Muffin the Netherland Dwarf as well as Squeak the cow-hocked black cat. Of course the name “Dumb Buns” is a joke. They are actually very smart bunnies.”

      Bunnies on a Thursday in March + a Cat
       
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