Why Use Hearing Aids For Dogs

Why Use Hearing Aids For Dogs



Why Use Hearing Aids for Dogs?
You want to​ be able to​ hear what's going on​ around you​ .​
you​ expect it .​
Sometimes you​ even need to​ hear to​ be alerted to​ danger .​
Dogs have the​ same needs,​ but we expect them to​ adapt to​ life without their hearing .​
Some dogs can,​ so why use hearing aids for dogs at​ all?
It is​ amazing how many dogs live well up into their teens these days .​
It isn't surprising with all the​ fine veterinarians and their modern techniques .​
as​ in​ humans,​ the​ older the​ population gets,​ the​ more certain conditions will be prevalent .​
Hearing loss is​ one of​ these conditions .​

It should be easy to​ tell if​ your dog has a​ hearing problem .​
you​ can call him and call him and he won't respond .​
Or maybe he will,​ but only if​ he's looking right at​ you​ .​
He might even look the​ wrong way to​ find you​ when you​ call him .​
you​ might notice that he seems to​ be sleeping all the​ time,​ and when you​ try to​ wake him up,​ you​ can't without touching him .​
And,​ just like a​ child with hearing problems,​ he might be fussing with his ears or​ shaking his head around .​
Hearing aids for dogs can help with these problems .​

One clinic in​ Texas offers a​ hearing test to​ dogs that come in​ with suspected hearing loss .​
When the​ test is​ completed,​ the​ owner will know what kind of​ hearing loss the​ animal suffers from and if​ anything can be done about it .​
the​ center uses hearing aids for dogs in​ a​ plan that involves getting the​ dog used to​ the​ aid .​
This takes about a​ month during which the​ volume is​ slowly raised until it​ is​ at​ the​ best level .​
the​ aids cost about $250 each .​
These programs for hearing aids for dogs allow the​ dogs to​ get settled in​ to​ using them without too much discomfort .​

One type of​ hearing aids for dogs is​ a​ contraption that is​ mounted on​ a​ dog collar .​
the​ container with the​ aid goes on​ the​ collar and tubes go from that to​ a​ foam plug that is​ situated in​ the​ ear of​ the​ dog .​
It is​ similar to​ a​ BTE,​ behind the​ ear,​ hearing aid in​ structure .​
Smaller dogs seem to​ take to​ these devices pretty well,​ but the​ larger breeds don't seem to​ like them as​ much .​

Some companies offer ITE,​ or​ in​ the​ ear,​ hearing aids for dogs .​
For these,​ the​ doctor takes a​ mold of​ the​ dog's ear canal .​
This is​ sent in​ to​ the​ laboratory and a​ human ITE is​ built into it .​
Whether or​ not a​ dog will take to​ the​ testing and fitting and finally the​ hearing aids' being put in​ his ears is​ questionable .​
Some will and some won't .​
Many owners feel that it​ is​ worth the​ expense and the​ trouble to​ try .​
in​ fact,​ there are some pet veterinary insurance companies that pay the​ cost for them .​

Nothing is​ quite the​ same to​ a​ dog as​ the​ sound of​ his owner's voice .​
He will be safer because he is​ better able to​ sense danger .​
He will be happier because he won't be confused about unnatural changes in​ his world that hearing loss brings .​
Hearing aids for dogs can make their lives so much better .​
to​ many owners,​ that's reason enough .​




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