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Old 09-29-2019, 11:39 PM
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Need help with my deaf dog

My husband and I purchased an AKc Black lab- 9 weeks old
Same day several hours later we realized something was wrong- he wasnt responding to any noise-
We got on the internet and tried several different hearing tests- of which he failed them all- he never even perked his ears
I called the vet ( we have used her for 20 years) and got a same day appt.
She ran a 45 min long hearing test on him as well as a full health check-
she agreed he is totally deaf- but wanted to confirm so she sent us to get the doggy hearing test ( I forget the name).
We went and he was dx- profoundly deaf- cant hear ANYTHING
I immediately called and hired a professional dog trainer- for dogs with disabilities and she came the next day- agreed he was deaf- and we started proper training.
Fast forward 3 days- I am sitting on the floor playing with him and his back is turned to me- I squeak the toy and he turns and looks-
My husband and I spend the next 2 hours trying different noises- making sure he cant see us- just hear the noise- AND HE CAN
He can hear- squeeks- doors opening- ice rattling in a cup- and his ears are perking each time!!!Tonight is the very first time we ever saw his ears perk

What is going on?

These are all different tones as well- not sure what to do next
Any advice- thank you
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Old 09-30-2019, 06:57 AM
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I would ask the vet for another hearing test. He also might need to find out the cause for his earlier deafness. Perhaps an anatomic anomaly, or a tumor, infection/inflammation?

Have you contacted the breeder and told him about the issue? I would think it is important for them to know that there might be a genetic issue as you would not want to continue breeding the dam and sire without further testing.
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Old 09-30-2019, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by hippiemade View Post

What is going on?
I agree with littlefox that another trip to the vet is warranted.

temporary hearing loss could potentially be related to a number of factors such as an infection, a tumor/cyst in the middle ear or some kind of nerve damage (for example from standing too close to a loud sound/explosion, etc), head trauma, etc. The point is deafness is not black and white.

Just drawing from my own experience, I played for years in a jazz band (of course, without proper hearing protection *facepalm*) and I've been engaged in scuba diving for 35 years, of which 20 of those years involved intensive "technical" diving, which is to scuba diving what base jumping is to parachute jumping. This kind of diving can sometimes cause small bubbles to form in the middle ear.... (it's still worth it )

The combination of those activities has left me with diminished hearing in both ears (high tones, mostly) and occasional noticeable tinnitus at F#9 (+/- two octaves above the highest register of the piano) particularly when I'm tired or ill.

Those things can interfere with hearing to the point of not understanding people clearly in a crowded room with a lot of background noise.

I'm telling you this because I can attest to one particular thing, which is that I think it's possible for tinnitus to become bad enough that you appear to be deaf and/or can't be bothered trying to listen.

If that tinnitus were to be short lived because of an infection or a head trauma, then it could -- to my mind -- be possible for your dog to have a sudden loss of hearing that subsequently went away.

I'm saying all of this to answer the question "what is going on". I *must* however, impress upon you that I have no medical knowledge to speak of and I am neither a vet nor a doctor. I'm just some older guy who played in a band, did a lot of scuba diving and is acutely aware of what that does to his hearing. Nothing more.

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Old 10-02-2019, 07:41 PM
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I definitely would try another hearing test.
We have a dog that we thought was deaf.
We figured out he can hear higher frequencies, but not lower.
An example:
He can't hear clicking fingers behind his head or most men talking to him.
We use higher pitch voices to talk to him, and he hears that just fine.
The toys, ice and the door are all higher frequency noises.
Maybe he has the same issue as our dog?
Good luck and please keep us posted.
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Hi. This is certainly something different. Makes me wonder if the dog was treated with something before you got him and the medication caused a temporary deafness. I donít know if any vaccinations could have caused that. A question to ask a vet.

I know our dog lost his hearing after using mometamax. I would be aware of cleaning his ears and future ear issues. I found a very mild ear cleaner called Vets Best.

I would suggest to give the breeder a call and ask if the dog was treated with something before you got him. Follow up with the vet. Enjoy that he can hear! Yay!
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