The first sign your dog may be losing his hearing is when you notice he is unable to locate sounds accurately. This may show up as confusion when you call him and he can’t see you. He’ll look around uncertainly to see where you are. He can hear you but he can’t figure out where your voice came from.
Another common sign is when there is a loud sound and your dog swings his head the wrong way. Sometimes this loss of ability to locate where a sound is coming from is the only noticeable symptom that your dog has lost hearing in one ear, although the other is still functioning.
If you’re concerned about your dog’s hearing, there’s a simple test you can do. Stand behind him, out of sight, and make a noise. You can clap your hands, bang a metal spoon against a pot, or squeeze a squeaky toy.
A dog with normal heating will prick its ears, or turn its head or body toward the source of the sound.
Now you have to be very careful not to taint the test. Make sure your dog doesn’t see you before you make the sound. Also, don’t stand directly over your dog, since they are sensitive to air currents and may feel the movement you make or the vibrations in the floor. It can be a good idea to carry out this hearing test when your dog is sleeping, since that will reduce the likelihood that the dog is responding to the sight of your movements.
If you have a puppy, be sure to wait until he’s at least 5 weeks of age, as their ability to hear isn’t fully developed until then.
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