Looking for a simple way to help save your dog’s hearing? Performing a noise test with your dog is quick and easy. A dog’s hearing is especially important and incredibly sensitive – they can hear sounds that are far too high pitched for humans to hear (up to 45,000 Hz) and far too quiet for humans to hear (from -5 dB to -15 dB). Humans by comparison can only hear frequencies as high pitched as 23,000 Hz and as quiet as 0 dB.
Want to know how sensitive a dog’s hearing really is? Read this to find out!Susan Hansen, Owner
How Important Is A Dog’s Hearing?
While humans list sight as being their most important sense, dogs would list hearing even higher on the list. As natural born hunters of small prey, dogs’ ears are attuned to the small, high-pitched squeaks of mice and other rodents scrambling about their natural habitats. A dog’s hearing helps them to hunt and alerts them to trouble. For example, a dog can hear a car coming and move out of the way or detect an oncoming stranger.
A dog’s amazing ears do not just help the dog, they can help humans too. Dogs are being used as hearing helpers to the deaf and can hear earthquakes coming before they appear to begin.
As with anything as amazing as a dog’s hearing, there are some difficult issues. Dogs’ ears are extremely sensitive to loud noises. When loud noises such as thunder, fireworks, hunting rifles, and even the vacuum occur, they can cause great anxiety in the dog and may even damage the dog’s hearing. Noise testing can help you to determine if this damage has occurred and help to save your dog’s hearing.
Can A Noise Test Help Save Your Dogs Hearing?
A noise test can absolutely help to save your dogs hearing. Performing these simple tests with your dog can help you to be aware of any hearing loss that your dog may be suffering from. The earlier you find that hearing loss is occurring, the more likely it is that you can save your dog’s hearing. At the first sign of hearing loss in your dog, contact your veterinarian, who can perform further hearing tests, such as the BAER Test (source), to determine the amount of hearing loss that has already occurred.
How To Perform A Noise Test
Performing a noise test with your dog is a very easy way to help save your dogs hearing. It requires only your dog, a quiet room, and some patience. Follow these easy steps.
- Find your dog in a quiet place. Perhaps your dog is resting in the living room or distracted with a toy in the basement.
- Enter your dog’s presence quietly, from behind. While your dog is distracted, enter the room without making any noise and be careful that the vibrations from your walking don’t disturb your dog. Make sure that you are entering from behind your dog so that they can not see you entering the room.
- Make a noise. While you are there standing still, clap your hands, jangle some keys, use a dog whistle, or whatever noise you find appropriate.
- Watch your dog’s reaction. If your dog hears the noise, they will react by looking at your or turning their ears, as well as other responses. If there is no response, try a louder sound.
Let’s Commit To Frequent Noise Tests For Our Dogs
You can stop your dog from being exposed to all loud noises, but you can help to save your dogs hearing. Completing regular noise tests with your dog is a very easy way to see how well your dog is hearing. Another amazingly easy thing to do to help save your dog’s hearing is to use earplugs made for dogs whenever your dog is exposed to loud noises. These will help lessen the impact of the vibrations on your dog’s sensitive ear drum. Dog earplugs can help calm noise anxiety and prevent hearing loss due to noise exposure.