Dog Hearing Testing

Unlike our human patients, our puppy patients cannot simply “raise a paw” when they hear the beep! Instead we employ a technique called BAER (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response) testing. BAER is quick, non-invasive, and the standard for diagnosing hearing loss in dogs.

How does it work?

  • Very small electrodes are placed under the skin of the scalp

  • Foam earphones are inserted into the puppy’s ears

  • Noise is presented through the foam earphones

  • Electrical activity in the brain is collected through the electrodes

  • Dr. Link analyzes these results to determine hearing status

Our results are OFA Certifiable.

Your dog’s hearing status will be determined as one of the following:

  1. Normal Hearing

  2. Deafness in one ear

  3. Deafness in both ears

Why do dogs go deaf?

Dogs acquire hearing loss much like humans do! Often times their hearing loss is due to genetics, disease, ear wax, infections, ototoxic medications, and excessive loud noise exposure. While dogs of any breed can experience hearing loss, some breeds of dogs are more prone to hearing loss at birth than others. The breeds with the highest incidence of deafness at birth often have white in their coats and include:

  • Dalmations

  • English setters

  • English cocker spaniels

  • Australian cattle dogs

  • Jack Russell terriers

  • Bull terriers

  • Dogo Argentinos

  • Border collies

  • Australian stumpy-tail cattle dogs

How do I know if my dog is going deaf?

The only true way to know if your dog can’t hear is to have a BAER test completed. However signs that your dog may not be hearing well include:

  • Sleeping through loud sounds

  • No response to sounds including everyday sounds, squeaky toys, etc.

  • No longer responding to owner’s voice

  • Suddenly startled to touch

  • Seeming like they can hear but being unable to localize sound can be a sign of deafness in just one ear

We love our 4 legged patients! If you are a breeder, service animal trainer, or a curious pet owner, we would love to test your dogs. Puppies must be 6 weeks old or older. We never use sedation.

Special Pricing Available for Litters!