Hearing Dog

March 25, 2011 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Canine Listener (the newsletter of Dogs for the Deaf, Inc.) writes that “hearing dogs are trained to alert deaf people to household sounds that are necessary for everyday safety and independence. They are trained to make physical contact and lead their person to the source of the sound. By providing sound awareness and companionship, these dogs enhance parenting skills, increase employability, and provide greatly increased freedom and independence.” 

Many deaf and hard of hearing individuals have hearing dogs for many different reasons. I never had a hearing dog, but I always like to have my dog by me because I feel secure when she is with me. I always tell people that she is my ears. I train my dog to get my attention when she hears household sounds. When my son was a baby, I often failed to notice the baby monitor signal. My dog would alert me and then runs back to my son’s room until I got there. 

There are many other things that hearing dogs can do for deaf and hard of hearing people; even save their lives. 

For example, one Saturday afternoon, my dad was napping while the family was out shopping. The dog began pushing and scratching the bed to wake him and my dad finally did wake up and smelled the smoke. Dad then quickly grabbed the dog and ran outside. They got out just in time! My dad was always very loyal to the dog after that, because she saved his life. 

It is just a blessing to have a dog around. I, personally, do not like walking alone in the dark and always take the dog with me just to give me her ears. 

You can read more about Hearing Dogs at www.dogsforthedeaf.org 

By Doreen Solar, ECNV Deaf & HoH Peer Mentor


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