Hi all Sorry in advance as this will be a long post but please stick with it and read it all so you can really understand why i need advice and help in knowing what to do. My dream has always been to have a dog but waited till the time was right and I had the time a dog will need. But for awhile I found it hard to find which breed I should get because 4yrs ago now i was dignosed with Tinnitus ( ringing in the ears) i can hear a plane engine type noise in both ears and luckily it mild and i have got used to it but the worst part about the condtion is that it can get worser if im not careful around noise. By this i mean it will get louder. At the moment i cant hear it over the TV ect and only hear it in a quiet room. But if it gets louder then with Severe Tinnitus you can hear it over everything and cant mask it and it makes you go mad and drives you nuts and when its that bad it takes all quality of life away and the rate of suicide is high for severe tinnitus. I did struggle in the beginning and was very suicidal , it was hard to try to come to terms that i would have to hear this noise for the rest of my life and now im fine and come out the other end im scared to death of ever it getting worser and going back to that fear of the noise and going back to being suicidal. One of the things i can do is prevent being around loud noises as much as possible such as when im on trains and buses i wear earplugs and in busy citys and loud places i wear ear protection but i avoid ect loud places such as clubs, concerts , cinemas ect. The reason im telling you all this is because my dream is to own a dog But constant dog barking can make it worser and some people with Tinnitus are fine around dog barking others are not but even those who are fine with dog barking being around it constantly for example can eventually cause a permanent increase in the loudness. Now i asked on the tinnitus forum about this and apart from reccomendations of get a cat there silent which i understood why they said that im just not a cat person and am only interested in dogs , the main advice i got was get the quietest dog breed that suits you. By quiet they mean one who is not Barking constantly , I myself am fine with dog barking my ears only get annoyed with smaller dogs as there more high pitched or my ears get annoyed if I'm around a dog and they bark constantly for more than 10mins, those who have tinnitus and dogs all recomended labs and Goldens. So they said it is possible to own a dog and not worsern Tinnitus but you have to pick a quiet breed. Im also only talking about barking , things like whining and other vocalizations are not loud enough to worsern Tinnitus its only barking and really high pitched noises that are the main issue so they told me to avoid breeds who are more likley to be very Barky. I then researched both breeds recomended and I prefer the Labrador and if we ignore my tinnitus then everything else I'm looking for in a dog the Labrador matches so the Labrador is the better of the two for me. I really am wanting help on if you feel there all right that Labs are a quiet breed? I want to also point out i know all dogs bark and that its there way of communication and luckily my ears are fine with dog barking but if i get a dog for example who barks a lot that will eventually make my condition worser which is why its important i get it right now and I know each dog is an individual but I'm talking more as a general breed and a well need , well trained and socialized Labrador.