Hearing Ear Dog
- Dogs learn to respond to verbal commands and hand signals and are taught to work for treats, toys and affection.
- Hearing Ear Dogs work with children and adults as part of a two unit team where the partner is able to handle the dog completely independently.
- They are trained to make physical contact and lead their teammates to the source of the sound.
- For people with hearing impairment, the absence of sound can be life-threatening!
A fire breaks out during the night and the fire alarms, placed to save lives, are useless to the person with a hearing impairment. They may not wake up in time to escape the flames. Now, picture the same scene above, only this time the person with a hearing impairment has a Hearing Ear Dog. The alarm sounds and the dog springs into action. Quickly the dog awakes the person and the person is able to find a safe way out for themselves and the dog.
After Valerie lost her hearing, Liberty brought a set of ears that work.
In addition to actually signaling sounds, Hearing Ear Dogs provide many emotional benefits as well. They give their owners a sense of freedom and renewed self-esteem.
4 Paws places Hearing Ear Dogs with children as long as they are able to independently handle the service dog and do not need any support from a parent or adult. Hearing Ear Dogs can ease the frustration, pain, and anger that often accompanies a hearing disability. They also feel safer when they are alone with their Hearing Ear Dogs.
They are less likely to feel lonely and isolated from a world designed with only the hearing in mind.
- The Hearing Ear Dog can become a bridge providing more opportunities to socialize while out and about in a “hearing” world.
- People with hearing impairments and utilize a Hearing Ear Dog, report that they feel better equipped to function in a hearing world.
- Hearing Ear Dogs are trained to alert their owners to a variety of different sounds.
- When the dog hears any of the noises they are trained to recognize, they get their owners attention and lead them to the sound.
4 Paws dogs are trained to work in any situation! Some of the sounds these dogs can be trained to respond to include but are not limited to:
- Someone knocking at the door
- Alarm clock
- Smoke Detectors
- Someone calling their owner’s name
- Police and emergency vehicle sirens
- Car horns