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Can He Hear You Now? Understanding Deafness In Dogs




Posted on April 4, 2019 by Fiona Lear in Uncategorized
You may wonder if your dog is choosing to ignore your commands when he fails to respond to your calls, but an evaluation from your veterinarian may indicate a different explanation. Deafness occurs in dogs. Once you know the signs of hearing loss in dogs, your veterinarian will be able to determine the reason for your dog’s deafness. Understanding the causes of hearing loss in dogs will enable you to take steps to keep your dog safe and improve his quality of life.

Causes of Deafness in Dogs

Deafness in dogs can be unilateral, meaning that only one ear is affected, or bilateral, which means that both ears are affected. Deafness in dogs may be temporary or permanent. When hearing loss is temporary, it is often the result of an obstructed ear canal through which sound cannot each the eardrum. Some such scenarios include the following:

Hair grows excessively at the opening of the outer ear and becomes caked with waxy debris.
A foreign object becomes lodged in the ear canal.
An excessive amount of wax produces and accumulates to block the ear canal.
In these cases, hearing loss may be restored once the causative problem is addressed and corrected.


Permanent hearing loss can result from ear infections that remain untreated and sustained injuries to the inner ear. Age-related hearing loss can also set in, and such hearing loss is also permanent. Some canine breeds have a predisposition for congenital deafness. Some of these breeds include the following:

Dalmatian
English bulldog
English cocker spaniel
English setter
Beagle
Australian cattle dog
Jack Russell terrier
Boston terrier
Bull terrier
Signs That Your Dog May Be Deaf
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One simple method that you can perform at home to determine if your dog may be deaf is to stand out of your dog’s visual field and make a sudden loud noise to see if he reacts to the sound. You can also observe for the following signs of hearing impairment:

Failure to respond to your commands that he had previously learned and obeyed
Failure to react to the sound of a guest knocking at the door to your home or to a family member calling his name
Reacting to sounds, but appearing confused with regard to where the sounds are coming from
Lack of awareness to your presence until he can see you or feel the vibrations of your approaching footsteps
If you observe any of these signs, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian for an examination.

Diagnosis of Deafness in Dogs

Your veterinarian will most likely begin by closely examining your dog’s ears to look for such causes as heavy wax buildup, an ear infection or a foreign body in the ear canal. If any of these causes are found, your veterinarian will treat them accordingly. If these causes are ruled out, you may be referred to a veterinary specialist for a hearing test, which is called a Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response, or BAER, test. This test entails using electrodes to assess auditory nerve responses to certain sounds to evaluate the degree of your dog’s hearing impairment.

Prevention and Lifestyle Changes

If your dog’s hearing loss is temporary and resulted from a treatable condition, you can proactive in preventing future recurrences by observing your dog and examining your dog’s ears at home on a weekly basis. Look for the following signs of ear problems:

Scratching and pawing at the ears, shaking his head or attempting to rub his ears on surfaces
Dirt and debris on skin surface of the outer ear and around the opening to the ear canal
Foul odor coming from the ear
Pulling away or vocalizing when his ears are touched
Alert your veterinarian to these observations sooner than later so that treatment can be initiated to preserve your dog’s hearing.

If your dog has been diagnosed with permanent deafness, you must take some safety measures since he cannot hear impending danger. Never walk a deaf dog without keeping him tethered to a leash, and take extra precautions to ensure that he cannot escape your home or yard. Instruct everyone in your home not to approach your dog from behind. Teach your dog commands and carry out basic obedience training with alternate means of communication, such as by using hand signals or laser pointers.

Hearing loss that is sustained during the senior years can result in confusion and insecurity, so show your aging furry friend extra patience and reassurance during this stage of his life. By making accommodations for your dog’s hearing loss, he can enjoy a rich and fulfilling life with the love and support of his family.

For more information, contact Animal House Veterinary Hospital or a similar location.

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