Do senior dogs suffer canine hearing loss? Let's find out what you can do about it!

Canine hearing loss is difficult for both the dog and the humans that love the dog. For senior dogs, hearing loss can be either from genetic reasons or acquired over time. Genetic reasons for canine hearing loss include abnormalities in the inner ears or parts of the brain that interpret hearing. We will cover these in another post. Acquired canine hearing loss, on the other hand, is something that can happen to any dog over time as the ears are exposed to damaging noises and more. Many senior dogs face the effects of acquired hearing loss.

Signs Your First, What Is A Senior Dog

Why do you care about canine hearing loss in senior dogs? Your dog will be a senior dog before you know it (if they aren’t a senior dog already). Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not age 7 years to every human year (source). Rather, a dog’s “age” is related to the dog’s size. As the size of the dog increases, the dog ages faster. Most dogs are considered to be senior dogs by the age of 7! Giant breeds age even faster, becoming senior dogs by the age of 4 or 5.

What Does Age Have To Do With Canine Hearing Loss

Acquired canine hearing loss happens over time. The older the dog is, the more likely it is that the dog will have some kind of hearing loss. Some of the most common reasons for acquired hearing loss include:

  • Allergens
    Allergens can cause swelling in the dog’s ear canals and cause accumulation of ear wax. Over time, these can become painful, itchy, and block sound from coming into the ear canal.
  • Cleanliness
    If dirt and ear wax are left in the dog’s ear, over time they will accumulate and can block sound for getting in the dog’s ear canal.
  • Medications
    Every medication has side effects. Some medications can cause hearing loss in dogs that may be temporary or permanent. Consult your veterinarian on all of the medications you are giving your dog.
  • Noise
    Loud noises are everywhere. Dogs have super sensitive hearing that can be 4 times as sensitive to noise as a human’s hearing is. Noises like thunderstorms, fireworks, the vacuum, and more can harm a dog’s ears over time.

The more often that these conditions accumulate over time, the more quickly hearing loss can begin.

How To Minimize Canine Hearing Loss

While you can’t stop the passage of time for your dog, you can minimize canine hearing loss. First, clean your dog’s ears regularly. This can help to reduce dirt, wax and allergens that could be building up. Next, be careful that water isn’t getting into your dog’s ears during bath time or while swimming. Water can help yeast and bacteria to grow and infect the dog’s ear canals. Finally, remember to always ask your veterinarian for information about side effects of medications before giving your dog any medication.

How Dog Earplugs Can Protect Your Dog’s Hearing

Need a simple solution to help you protect against canine hearing loss with your dog? Our dog earplugs could right for your dog. Unlike human earplugs, which are shaped for human ear canals, CrittEar dog earplugs are shaped and sized to fit perfectly into a dog’s L-shaped ear canal. When properly inserted, CrittEar dog earplugs will keep loud noises, water, and allergens (including pollen) out of your dog’s ear canal. Our dog earplugs help to keep your dog’s hearing sensitive for years to come without medication or side effects!   

5 Replies to “Do Senior Dogs Suffer Canine Hearing Loss?”

  1. Thanks for sharing this helpful information. I like that CrittEar earplugs can help preserve an aging dog’s hearing without medication or side effects. That’s a win win.

  2. Wow! I wouldn’t think about CritterEar dog earplugs protecting a dogs hearing due to allergens. That’s very interesting. These earplugs seem to be a game changer. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is great information. We have a 13-year-old senior GSD mix that has always struggled with allergies. It taught us a lot about how to properly care for their ears and clean them regularly to avoid causing problems for her longterm. If you were to ask my husband, he would tell you that she is suffering from hearing loss but she listens when she wants to (she always listens to me). I think she’s dealing with selective hearing loss and her age is just an excuse lol

  4. We didn’t realize my parents’ senior dog had a hearing loss until my sister took him to her farm. He did have allergies and as my parents aged, they couldn’t take care of him as well.

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