At this point, just about everyone has heard about the abilities of seeing-eye dogs to open up a new realm of independent living with their owners. As a result, there has been an increase in the attention that is given to those people who have hearing loss. This has prompted a new generation of dogs to be trained to help people who have such hearing difficulties. We will examine the training that these dogs undergo as well as the ways that they can help their owners.
How They Help Hearing Impaired People
When all of the dog’s training has been completed and they are with their respective partners, each dog will need to undergo personalized care to help them acclimate to the new environment. Once they are used to being around their owner and responding to their need, the dogs will be able to provide many services that increase the amount of freedom that they have available to them.
If you decide that you would like to leave the confines of your home and venture into the world, the dog’s body language will be a very big indicator of what is going on. While they are not trained to observe many of the sounds that happen outside, like large trucks passing or car alarms, the dogs will still react to the sound and bring it to your attention. This can not only keep you safe, but it will give you a better idea about your dog’s ways of reacting to the world.
The dogs must go through a rigorous training program that proves that they have all of the necessary abilities to be designated as a hearing dog. This usually take somewhere between four and six months of time for them to be taught all of the different sounds and proper responses to the situations. They are trained to observe many common occurrences such as door knocking, smoke alarms, and the phone ringing. Being alerted to all of these sounds will give the individual with hearing loss a much better sense of independence in their daily lives.
You need to meet certain requirements before you can go about having a hearing dog. You must be at least 18 years old to fill out an application. You will also need to have a family member or friend that is willing to help you with the training process. One of the other things that you need to show is that your home is able to sustain a dog in terms of space and finances. Once these needs have been met, then you need to attend canine training and then yearly checkups to make sure that the hearing dog’s skills are properly developed.