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Date Posted: 23:42:02 10/12/04 Tue
Author: Kristin
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Subject: Re: hearing loss
In reply to: melissa 's message, "hearing loss" on 14:23:13 10/12/04 Tue

Hi Melissa,

My understanding is that the BAER test is quite reliable. Because of the part of the country I live in, there is no BAER test in my state or surrounding nearby states, I have no idea as to its cost.

I learned that my Sheltie has some hearing just through trial and error over time. A big test was to figure out just how loud a noise had to be to wake him up. If I'm a few feet away from him and yelling quite loud, it will wake him up consistantly. Clapping from a distance of five to eight feet will wake him up as well. Beyond that distance, I find it hard to make a noise loud enough to wake him. Since dogs are usually very light sleepers, I think this can relate well to what they can hear when awake.

Also, you vet can help determine level of hearing to some degree without the BAER test. It was my vet who discovered that Jericho had a little bit of hearing.

Good luck. Let us know what you discover as you continue testing your dog's hearing capabilities.


>hello all. i'm so happy i found this site. i have a
>6 m.o. female australian cattle dog who appears to be
>losing her hearing. when i first got her i know she
>could hear fine. she was very obedient and easy to
>train. now, however, she will not respond without me
>touching her or getting her attention in some other
>way. when she does respond, she will gladly follow my
>command with the hand signals i use. there have been
>occasions when she'll turn around when i call, but it
>seems to be coincidental. and i have also noticed
>that she can hear some sounds, doors slamming and my
>other dogs high-pitched barks, but that seems to be
>it. has anyone ever heard of a 6 month old puppy
>losing their hearing? also, i would like to know how
>reliable the BAER testing is and about how much it
>costs. thank you for any input. Melissa and

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  • Re: hearing loss -- Judi, 14:25:01 04/14/05 Thu
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