by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
A lady wrote:
I found a little dog and had him with me for one week before finding his grateful owners. Of course I had to walk him, and I fussed over him (a sheltie/Pomeranian mix—he is super cute). During that time, it seemed the ringing in my ears was much less. Perhaps it was only that I was occupied—but I think there is some healing effect beyond what we understand that pets have on us. I know it is a subject much talked about, but I never experienced it first hand (I have laid-back cats but they are different).
I think it was mostly that you had something to focus on—and when you do that, often you don’t notice your tinnitus as much. But who knows what loving a pet can do for your health in the broadest sense? Anything that helps you deal with your tinnitus is a good thing. Maybe you need to get yourself a little tinnitus-reducing dog of your own?