11 doctors weighed in:
Can a barking dog damage my newborns hearing?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not likely
It may startle and scare the snot out of the baby though.
Pretty sure you don't want that...

In brief: Not likely
It may startle and scare the snot out of the baby though.
Pretty sure you don't want that...
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Dr. Patrick Melder
Absolutely not. Hearing loss occurs from 1) a very brief but extremely loud noise (gun shot, expolosion) 2) Prolonged, high intensity noise exposure over days/months/years - a dog is neither of those.
Dr. Anna Meyer
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
2 doctors agree
In brief: Only if close to ear
Very loud noises, such as an explosion, a gun being fired, etc can cause immediate damage in any person, young or old.
A dog barking nearby to a child is unlikely to cause hearing damage, unless he barked frequently and constantly very near the newborn's ears.

In brief: Only if close to ear
Very loud noises, such as an explosion, a gun being fired, etc can cause immediate damage in any person, young or old.
A dog barking nearby to a child is unlikely to cause hearing damage, unless he barked frequently and constantly very near the newborn's ears.
Dr. Anna Meyer
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Dr. Robert Knox
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Barking Hearing Loss
No, a barking dog will most definitely not cause a hearing loss.
Noise greater than 90 decibels, and then over a prolonged time period, depending upon just how loud the sound is, is necessary to cause hearing loss. A barking dog just is not loud enough to cause hearing loss.

In brief: Barking Hearing Loss
No, a barking dog will most definitely not cause a hearing loss.
Noise greater than 90 decibels, and then over a prolonged time period, depending upon just how loud the sound is, is necessary to cause hearing loss. A barking dog just is not loud enough to cause hearing loss.
Dr. Robert Knox
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Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Hush little baby
Newborns have the best hearing of anyone alive.
For the better part of a year, they were under water so, when they're born, our world is incredibly loud to them. Loud noise can damage the organs of hearing so, please protect your baby. Some noise is okay so they get used to us but avoid barks, phones and such. Your baby also should have had a screening hearing test before leaving the hospital.

In brief: Hush little baby
Newborns have the best hearing of anyone alive.
For the better part of a year, they were under water so, when they're born, our world is incredibly loud to them. Loud noise can damage the organs of hearing so, please protect your baby. Some noise is okay so they get used to us but avoid barks, phones and such. Your baby also should have had a screening hearing test before leaving the hospital.
Dr. Ronda Alexander
Dr. Ronda Alexander
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