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Old 04-26-2010, 11:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Annie is 12 years old. Her hearing has gotten worse - to be expected. This is our current problem.....Annie hears me, when I call her, but she can't tell where I am. If she is outside, she can't tell if I am calling from the top deck, or the bottom deck. I can call her from the back of the basement, and she will go upstairs. I feel bad for her. She ends up walking extra steps, going the wrong way.

Has anyone else experienced this with their senior? Would a whistle, or some other alternative to my voice be worth a try?

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Old 04-26-2010, 11:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sneaker lived to be 14-1/2 years old, and her hearing was starting to go for a while before that, probably around the age that your Annie is. She was able to hear high pitched sounds better, so that might be an option for you. Sneaker could hear my husband whistle even after her hearing was mostly gone for the tone of normal conversation, but unfortunately, I can't whistle! I used to just go over and tap her on the butt to get her attention, and then motion for her to come with me. We had never taught her hand signals but she picked them up really quickly in old age. Fortunately, her eyesight always remained good.
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When I was a youngster, our family pet was aged and lost her hearing. If you were standing to the right of her and called her she'd look to the left.

As her hearing loss became worse, we just learned to look for her - get her attention and then call her.
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"Learned to look for her" HA!HA!HA! That made me laugh so hard. I do have to look for Annie too. In the house isn't so bad. In the yard, in the dark - not so great.

Debbie - me either. I can't whistle worth a darn.

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In the dark a flashlight on you (ooh...spooky...or Conan in the Year 2000) might help her. I always made the steps toward them because you could see them searching so I'd trot toward them waving my arms. Then they'd look at me like what is your problem, lady?
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Flashlight???? What a great idea. Annie is flashlight freak anyway. She is obsessed. Bet she would even hear the click. HA!

Thanks! I will keep one handy.
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I've had several seniors who lost their hearing during old age. Like others have mentioned, a blinking light at night works well for letting the dog know you want him to come in the house. Hand signals work for normal commands. I've been lucky so far since I've had two "nanny dogs" who would bring/herd the hearing/sight impaired Hooligans to me when I asked them.
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:13 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Indy has the same problem, not being able to determine direction often. I find that clapping my hands, or whistling does help.
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Thank you everyone. Annie went to the vet today for her yearly visit. The vet seems to think Annie is deaf in one ear and that is why she can't determine voice direction. Don't know if that is true. At least she hears some. All in all - doing great for 12!
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Interesting. I'll have to see if I notice a difference in Indy from ear to ear. Not sure how I'm gonna do that.

Acupuncture can help some hearing issues.
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