You may have heard that sound medicine is a fantastic alternative to expensive surgery for pets.
But how do you tell which sound therapy is best for your dog or cat?
Read on to find out.
The most common causes of hearing loss in dogs and cats can be caused by various conditions such as allergies, infections, dental problems, diabetes and many other things.
While some of these issues may not be as noticeable in dogs, others can be, which can make hearing a problem for your furry friend.
Here are the types of problems you can expect to see in your dog.
What is sound therapy?
Sound therapy is a treatment that uses sound to help a dog or cats ears adjust to the noise of the environment.
For dogs, sound therapy can be done by trained dog and cat audiologists or other trained professionals.
Dogs with hearing loss that cannot be corrected by sound therapy often use other treatments, such as using hearing aids or other methods.
What are the symptoms of hearing impairment in dogs?
The symptoms of a hearing impairment are a decrease in sound quality, such that the dogs ears are not able to hear the sounds of the world around them.
For example, your dog may lose the ability to hear sounds from a window or window pane, or a dog that is deaf.
The signs and symptoms of deafness in dogs include hearing loss, decreased coordination and movement, trouble getting along with people and animals, difficulty seeing and hearing, difficulty talking, and a decreased ability to understand commands.
The hearing loss can also affect the way a dog reacts to other dogs.
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Some dogs and other animals may not respond to sound therapy.
Some dogs may have difficulty hearing sound, such for example a deaf dog who is deaf because the dog’s hearing is not working properly.
Dogs that are not listening can also have trouble with communication.
Some deaf dogs may also have hearing loss from dental problems and other health problems, including allergies, tooth decay, ear infections and cancer.
Many of the dogs with hearing impairment that are diagnosed by audiology, a dog audiologist, are unable to communicate well with people or animals.
If your dog is not able or willing to communicate, you may need to consider alternative treatment options, such a medication, a hearing aid, or other treatment options.
What kinds of treatments can help a deaf or hearing impaired dog or pet?
A number of medications are commonly used to treat hearing loss or deafness.
A number of other medications, such to prevent or treat seizures, and certain vaccines are also used to help dogs and pets with hearing problems.
Some of the common treatments used to correct hearing loss include:Electroencephalography (EEG) – This type of brain scan shows the electrical activity in your brain, called alpha waves, in your ears.
A brain scan is used to assess hearing in animals.
Some dog audiologists recommend earplugs, which help dampen or prevent the brain waves that are caused by hearing loss.
Hearing aids are also recommended to help deaf dogs or pets with their hearing.
These earplinks are made of materials such as foam and rubber.
They can be fitted over the ears, and they are used to reduce or eliminate the electrical waves in your ear.
A device called an earplasm is also often used.
These earplaces are worn around the ears to help dampening and minimizing the electrical and sound waves.
These devices are usually worn for a short period of time, usually between three and four weeks.
You can also wear them on your ears or on the inside of the ears.
The devices are used in conjunction with the earplastic earplas or other hearing aids.
For your pet, earplants are used as a therapy for a wide range of hearing issues.
Earplants help dampens and decreases the electrical brain waves in the ears caused by deafness or other health conditions.
They also can reduce or prevent some of the sound waves that your dog’s ears are hearing.
You may also use the earplug to help your dog hear sounds outside of your home.
A hearing aid may also be helpful to help pets with deafness and other hearing problems because it helps the brain to respond to external sounds.
Hearing aid use can help prevent or correct some of your dog and/or cat’s hearing problems, such the inability to hear noise from outside your home or from people or dogs.
How do I use the sounds family medicine portal to treat my pet?
If your pet has a hearing problem, it may be best to consult a hearing doctor.
A hearing doctor can help you determine which sound treatment is best.
Some audiologists are trained in hearing care, and are able to prescribe appropriate medications to treat the hearing loss your pet may have.
A number, if not all, of the conditions that cause hearing loss may be diagnosed using your veterinarian’s tests and treatment.