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:
Deafness in one ear
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:
English cocker spaniels
Australian cattle dogs
Jack Russell terriers
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!