Deafness and Hearing Loss in Dogs

Dogs are man’s best friend, and many of us consider them to be part of our families. We want our dogs to live as long, healthy, and happy lives as possible. One thing that can prevent this is deafness. Deafness can make your dog’s life difficult and scary, but it doesn’t have to prevent him from living to the fullest. Keep reading for the causes and treatments for deafness in dogs.

Noises seem to occur from everywhere

  • If your dog is suddenly displaying signs of pain, panic, confusion and fear, then it may be due to hearing loss.
  • Your dog may appear as though he is in pain when he hears loud noises (e.g., thunder).
  • He may look around for the source of the sound (e.g., other animals) or move away from the noise source.
  • Dogs that are confused by what they hear tend to stare at the ceiling or walls when there are no other animals present in their room—especially if these sounds are unfamiliar ones such as running water from a faucet or dripping pipe behind an appliance cabinet.

The dog may bark less often.

As your dog ages, his ability to hear may decrease. If this happens, he may bark less often or at unusual times and for reasons that would not be obvious to you. You may see him barking at things on the ground or in the air that you cannot hear. He may even become fearful of sounds he used not to mind before losing his hearing.

For example, if you’re having a conversation with someone and your dog suddenly starts barking and running toward them, it could mean that he has picked up their voice as they speak—but since they’re out of sight, there’s no way for your dog to know they’re friendly!

The dog may not come when called.

The dog may not come when called. If your dog is deaf, he or she will not be able to hear you calling their name. In some cases, they might not be able to hear you at all if they are too far away or there is loud background noise. Some dogs with hearing loss can actually become more focused and alert due to the lack of distractions around them!

The dog does not seem to react to familiar noises, such as doorbell ringing, the phone ringing, or a car starting up.

The dog may not react to familiar sounds, such as doorbell ringing, the phone ringing, or a car starting up. There are many reasons why this could happen. It could be that the dog has lost his hearing entirely or it could be that he just has a mild hearing problem and can’t hear the sound very well. You should take your dog to see a veterinarian so that he/she can determine if your pet does have hearing difficulties.

If you suspect that your dog does have some form of deafness based on his reaction to certain sounds, you must make sure that you do not make any assumptions about what else he might be able to hear! For example: If he doesn’t respond when someone says “Good boy!” but does respond when someone says “Sit!”, don’t assume that means he has no problem with words like sit or stay (or any other command). He may still understand those commands perfectly well; it just might take more effort for him because they’re harder for him to hear than something less complicated like sit!

May become depressed

As your dog becomes more aware of his hearing loss and the world around him, he may become depressed. Depression is a common symptom of hearing loss in dogs, and it can be treated with medication or by making changes to your environment and lifestyle. Here are some things you can do:

  • Change your dog’s diet. A poor diet can affect a dog’s mood, so if you’re feeding your pet canned food or dry kibble, consider switching them to fresh food options like fruits and vegetables instead.
  • Exercise regularly with your pooch! This will allow them to release endorphins that help combat depression symptoms. If possible, go on hikes together or take long walks every day—you’ll both benefit from increased exercise time together!

Hearing loss in dogs is a common and treatable condition that can be addressed at the first signs of hearing impairments.

Hearing loss is a common condition in dogs. Many pet owners do not realize that their dog has a hearing impairment until they notice that their dog does not respond to certain sounds or jumps at loud noises.

Hearing loss is treatable and can be addressed at the first signs of hearing impairments. Hearing loss can be caused by ear infections, ear mites, or tumors which lead to swelling of the inner ear bones (meatus). It is important for you as an owner to seek veterinary care if your dog seems to have difficulty hearing specific sounds or appears distressed or anxious when exposed to loud noises.


With proper care and treatment, a dog will be able to live a long and healthy life. This is why it is important to know the signs of hearing loss in dogs. If you notice any of these signs in your pet, we recommend scheduling an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.