Hearing loss can happen to anyone, and in more cases than one might realize, it can happen to your pets as well as your relatives. In some cases, the hearing loss can come on gradually, but in other situations, you might have noticed sudden hearing loss occur. To help you understand what is going on and what to do about it, read on for the top types, signs, and treatment options for canine hearing loss.
Types of Canine Hearing Loss
Canine hearing loss can be divided into four types. A dog could have been born with a hearing impairment, which would be called “congenital hearing loss.” This is more common with certain breeds and dogs with white or merle fur on their heads and ears.
The second type is called “acquired hearing loss,” in which a dog could have developed it for many reasons. It could be due to a blockage from ear wax, fluid, or a foreign object, also known as “conductive hearing loss.” Otherwise, it could be that your dog has lost its hearing from old age, a disease, ototoxic drugs, or head trauma, which would be classified as “sensorineural hearing loss.” Your pet’s deafness may be temporary or permanent.
Signs of Canine Hearing Loss
The signs of deafness in dogs comes down to mainly one symptom: unresponsiveness. Your dog may cease to respond to your voice, when you enter the room, when other dogs barks, when you squeeze its squeaky toys, and no response to any audible cues you give like snapping or clapping. It may be difficult for your pet to wake up, and may become startled when woken. Your dog might also lose its sense of sound, in that it begins to bark excessively.
The first step to take if you notice your dog has lost its hearing is to take it to the vet. Having the vet evaluate your pet will allow you to have a proper diagnosis. The treatment will depend on what kind of hearing loss it is. One must also remember that not all hearing loss is reversible. Surgery may be applicable. Hearing aids and cochlear implants are becoming available for canines, but so far they are still expensive and impractical. Should the deafness be permanent, Everhart Veterinary Hospital can help you and your pet to adapt and continue to keep your pet in stellar health.
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