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Date Posted: 22:43:51 05/22/04 Sat
Author: Kristin
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Subject: Re: How do you know for sure your puppy is deaf?
In reply to: Tori Mueller 's message, "How do you know for sure your puppy is deaf?" on 19:15:04 05/22/04 Sat

You said you had her BAER tested. What were the results? The BAER test is supposed to be pretty reliable, I have heard. Others on this list may know more about the BAER test than I.

If she has some hearing loss (but not totally deaf), jingling car keys won't wake her. I learned what my dog can hear by slowly raising the decible level of different sounds while he was sleeping. First, just my voice speaking softly - then louder and louder - till I was yelling. He woke up when I was yelling fairly loudly at a close distance. (My dog is not totally deaf, obviously.) Then, I banged pots while he slept - softly at first and then louder. I've clapped. I've done other sounds and pitches to see what he responds to.

I've discovered my boy doesn't seem to have full range pitch-wise of hearing. He hears very low range sounds best. He hears sharp sounds, like clapping, much better than vocal sounds, even though both are at the same decible level.

I tested everything when my pup slept. I found that testing while the pup was awake was an uncertain science since I wasn't sure whether he was responding to the noise or my motion to make the noise.

Some dogs sleep very hard, and therefore testing while that type of dog was sleeping would not be valid. And, some dogs aren't noise sensitive, so a vacuum or keys jangling wouldn't affect them.


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  • Re: How do you know for sure your puppy is deaf? -- Danica Allen, 13:44:36 08/16/04 Mon
  • Re: How do you know for sure your puppy is deaf? -- Tori Mueller, 02:31:29 08/18/04 Wed

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