If your dog ignores your commands it may not be because of bad behaviour. Your dog could be hearing impaired. Now, Man's Best Friend can have a hearing test.
The first hearing tests for dogs in the United States are available in Connecticut.
The testing is performed in somewhat the same way as hearing screening of newborns. With the aid of small electrodes on the skull and small loudspeakers in the dogâ€™s ears the brainâ€™s reaction to sounds are recorded, so a determination of any hearing loss can be made.
However, no canine hearing aids are currently available.
â€œAlthough most hearing losses cannot be corrected, many deaf or partially deaf dogs can compensate very well and live normal lives by using their other senses. Many dogs can easily learn hand signals, and donâ€™t need to hear to receive their ownersâ€™ commandsâ€, said Peter Scheifele, research associate and animal bioacoustics researcher in the Department of Animal Science at University of Connecticut.
Source: www.advance.uconn.edu, University of Connecticut
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