Trouble hearing? Jane Kukula and Ashley Spisak guide you in finding solutions to your hearing challenges so you can Enjoy Every Moment!
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Can you get a service dog to help with hearing loss?
you may already know, dogs have been used for years for a variety of reasons as
service animals. Dogs can be used to
help warn their partners of on-coming seizures, used as seeing-eye dogs,
companion dogs for those who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),
or a variety of other concerns and including those with profound hearing
loss. Yes, there is such a thing as a
hearing service dog. Hearing service
dogs can be trained to respond to American Sign Language (ASL) in the case of
those with significant hearing loss that are non-verbal. Hearing dogs are trained to alert their partners
to common sounds such as doorbells, fire alarms, morning alarms, cooking timers,
a telephone ringing, a baby’s cry etc.
The service dog is trained to nudge their partner, get their attention
and take them to the location of the sound source. As you can imagine, for people who have
significant hearing loss that cannot hear these common sounds, their companion
dog can help them live independently.
The service dog could also protect them and save their lives when thinking
of something as serious as fire alarms or alerting them to someone trying to
break into their homes. So yes, hearing
loss is no different, there are service dogs available that can be trained to
support those who need it.