Hearing Ear Dog


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.

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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
  • Doorbells
  • Alarm clock
  • Telephone/TDD/TTY
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Someone calling their owner’s name
  • Police and emergency vehicle sirens
  • Car horns