Hearing Assistance
Placement ProcessApply

Hearing Assistance Dogs

Hearing assistance dogs enable those who are deaf or hard of hearing to be more aware of their surroundings. These dogs can accompany their handler who is deaf in public settings and will naturally give off sound cues to the handler. For example, if the dog looks to his left, the handler will know there is an auditory signal coming from that direction, which prompts the handler to look to their left to see if it is something they should respond to. Hearing dogs are also trained to purposefully alert their handler to certain sounds in the home. These dogs are trained to paw at their handler’s leg when the smoke alarm goes off, the doorbell rings, the microwave dings, or the teakettle whistles. Our dogs are trained on a case-by-case basis for the specific sounds each recipient will need to be alerted to. Size is not a factor for hearing assistance dogs.

COMMANDS

Alert

Hearing assistance dogs are also trained to purposefully alert their handler to certain sounds in the home. These dogs are trained to paw at their handler’s leg when the smoke alarm goes off, the doorbell rings, the microwave dings, or the teakettle whistles. 

COMMANDS

Specific Sound Recognition

Our dogs are trained on a case-by-case basis to respond to the specific sounds each recipient will need to be alerted to. If there are sounds that are important for the handler to hear, but usually they cannot hear, our dogs can be trained to specifically recognize that sound and either alert the handler, or act accordingly. Size is not a factor for hearing assistance dogs.

Is a Little Angels Hearing Dog Right for Me?
In order to receive a Hearing Dog from Little Angels, you must:
  • Be a person who is deaf or hard of hearing with documentation from your doctor supporting your disability.
  • Have strong communication skills and the ability to be consistent with a dog regarding training exercises.
  • Have a love for dogs.
  • Have patience to work through problems (even a trained dog is still a dog).
  • Have finances to provide your dog with veterinary care and maintenance for the next 10-12 years.
  • Be willing to travel to San Diego, California or Bartlett, New Hampshire for handler training with your child and at least one additional adult to provide child care while you are in your lessons