What are Hearing Loss?

Deafness in dogs can either be a temporary partial or total loss of hearing—due to a wax build-up in the ear canals—or permanent hearing loss due to a host of causes such as severe, untreated ear infections, congenital defects, old age and injuries. One or both ears may be affected. A veterinarian can initially examine your dog’s ear canal for wax accumulation, infections, inflammation, injury or foreign object.

Deafness refers to temporary, partial or total loss of hearing in one or both ears. Deafness may be a result of heredity, birth defects, infection, trauma, blocked ear canal or old age. Certain breeds of dogs and white or merle-coated animals are predisposed to congenital deafness. Congenital and geriatric deafness and deafness due to trauma is often permanent and not treatable. Acquired deafness (due to infection or blocked ear canal) can often be temporary and treatable.

Symptoms of Hearing Loss in Dogs

Symptoms of deafness include little or no response to sound:

  • No response to squeaking toys
  • No response to clapping
  • No response to snapping fingers behind the head
  • No response to doorbells, loud noises
  • No response when called by name
  • No response when you enter the room
  • No response to other dogs barking
  • Difficult to wake
  • Startled when woken
  • Excessive barking
Types

Deafness is either congenital or acquired:

  • Congenital: Animal is born deaf due to genetic inheritance or birth defects in the development of the ear or nervous system involved with hearing.
  • Acquired: Animal is born with normal hearing and develops deafness through trauma, infection, blockage of the ear canal or geriatric nerve degeneration.

Deafness may be conductive or sensorineural:

  • Conductive: Sounds cannot be conducted from the outside to the nerves in the inner ear.
  • Sensorineural: Nerve receptors cannot transmit sound signals from the ear to the brain or brain centers responsible for hearing cannot interpret the auditory data.

Causes of Hearing Loss in Dogs

Causes of Congenital Deafness

  • Birth defects of the ear or nervous system may result from genetic inheritance or abnormal anatomic development.
  • Certain dog breeds and coat colors carry a high degree of inherited deafness. White head and ears and merle coats have been associated with deafness.

Causes of Acquired Deafness

  • Old age (natural geriatric nerve degeneration)
  • Repeated exposure to loud noises (gunfire, stereo equipment)
  • Foreign object blockage (includes wax buildup, inner ear hairs, grass, other objects, fluids)
  • Injury (includes trauma to the ear canal or ear drum, head trauma causing injury to brain)
  • Infection (outer, middle or inner ear bacterial or yeast infection)
  • Inflammation (swelling of the ear or Eustachian tube)
  • Tumors (of the ear or Eustachian tube)
  • Heavy metals (exposure to mercury, arsenic or lead can lead to hearing loss)
  • Drug toxicity (certain drugs can lead to deafness if used incorrectly or as a side effect including furosemide, cisplatin, chlorhexidine, ethanol, aminoglycosides, erythromycin, chloramphenicol, ethanol chlorhexidine, furosemide, cisplatin)

Diagnosis of Hearing Loss in Dogs

If you suspect your dog is experiencing hearing loss, you can test your dog’s hearing by clapping loudly or rattling a can of coins and noting his response. Partial hearing loss or deafness in one ear only may be can be difficult to identify. Try testing with softer sounds like snapping your fingers close to one ear or the other to look for a response.

At the veterinary clinic, the veterinarian will conduct a history and physical examination to measure hearing loss and determine any possible causes. Hearing tests may be used to diagnose hearing loss. Examination of the ear canal will detect wax accumulation, hair overgrowth, any foreign object blockage, infection, inflammation or injury and ear drum state.

If the veterinarian suspects an ear infection, ear swabs and cultures may be done to diagnose the infecting agent and determine the proper mode of treatment. In some instances, a brainstem auditory evoked response (BAER) test will be conducted to measure the brain’s response to auditory stimuli. Radiographs may be used to determine possible causes of deafness.

Treatment of Hearing Loss in Dogs

Permanent Deafness

Congenital deafness and geriatric deafness are not normally treatable. Surgery may attempt to correct hearing if the defect is in the middle or outer ear or involves inner ear inflammation, however most congenital defects involve delicate inner ear mechanics or nervous system defects. Drug toxicity, heavy metal exposure and exposure to loud noises often cause permanent damage.

Hearing Aids

Hearing aids and cochlear implants are becoming available for dogs, however they are currently still costly and somewhat impractical. The devices work similar to human devices, but animals do not respond well to the device’s presence on the body and may not tolerate it.

Foreign Body Removal

In the case of a foreign body, treatment may involve removing the blocking object, cleaning wax out of the ears, or plucking overgrown ear hair. The veterinarian will examine the ear canal for injury and normally do a thorough ear cleaning.

Treatment for Infection

The veterinarian may prescribe an ear flush and topical ointment to be used daily for 2-3 weeks along with oral antibiotics depending on severity. Pain and irritation respond well to topical provided by the veterinarian and can make the pet more comfortable quickly. A longer acting wax-based medication may be inserted into the ears at the clinic if ear washing daily at home is not feasible.

Tumors of the Ear

Surgery may be performed on tumors growing in the ear to free up the ear canal for sound conduction.

Recovery of Hearing Loss in Dogs

In cases of medical or surgical treatments, weekly follow up appointments will monitor healing and recovery. Ear infections should clear within 2-3 weeks of treatment depending on severity.

Deaf animals (whether the hearing loss is permanent or temporary) require special care. It is important to monitor pets as much as possible to avoid possible injury. Deaf pets should never be let outdoors without a fence or leash. They cannot hear when you call and cannot hear approaching vehicles.

Train your pet to understand hand signals rather than using verbal commands. Instead of calling, stomp on the ground to get a hearing impaired pet’s attention. Prevent startling the pet by letting him know when you’re around with a pat on the head. Deaf pets are prone getting lost so microchipping and collars with ID tags that identify the pet as deaf and provide contact information are a good idea.

Cost of Hearing Loss in Dogs

Hearing Loss can be an expensive treatment in dogs and can range from $200.00 to $2500.00 depending on the cost of living and severity of your Dog's hearing loss. On average, the national cost of treating hearing loss in dogs is $350.00.

Hearing Loss in Dogs Treatment Advice

Hearing Loss Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Cooper
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Hearing Loss

My dog appears to have gone suddenly deaf!! Do you know what could be causing this?

He is a cavalier King Charles and is 3 years old!

I going to take him to the vet but wanted your advice!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are prone to ear problems due to their famous ears which restrict air flow to the ear canal making a perfect environment for infection. Deafness in dogs can be caused by infection, obstruction, nerve damage, stoke (extremely rare), trauma (damage of ear drum or bones of the ear), allergies, poisoning or tumours. An examination with an otoscope by your Veterinarian would usually diagnose the cause unless it is due to an inner ear or nerve damage condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I am affraid because at the moment we hace no money. She hears her name, pee, car, hand clap coun tapping. The squikir toy I have on the table. I kniw cream and oral antibotics are expensive. Wish I knew whih they use . I have old ones here. I know they use unused ones.

I have a five-month-old Morkie that I just had spayed and she went into pulmonary cardiac arrest on the table they had to use CPR to bring her back but she left oxygen for so long she lost some hearing and some Vision I was wondering if that will come back

i have an 2 months old German Shepherd. he does not respond to his name. actually we bought him about an month ago. when we took advice from the vet he said his years are fine and we should wait till he gets a little older. what should i do ?

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Shadow
German Shepherd
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Hearing Loss

I have an 8 week old German Shepherd puppy and she seems deaf. Vet said she thought she was fully deaf but her ears are incredibly clean and no blockages. She just doesn't respond to noise.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Deafness in dogs may be congenital or acquired. Given the age and breed (German Shepherds are in a group of breeds that are susceptible to congenital deafness) of Shadow I would lean towards the congenital cause of deafness. Acquired deafness occurs when there is either an infection, trauma, foreign body, tumour, stroke or poisoning which affects the dogs ability it hear. There are various aids which can help deaf dogs like vibrating collars (to use instead of shouting or calling for her) and simple sign language for sit, stay, come etc… With the deafness there is no reason for Shadow not to have a full fun life. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scrappy
Rat Terrier
10-11
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Wondering what we can do to help him get his hearing back

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hearing loss may be caused by a variety of different conditions; these include infection, inflammation, nerve damage, poisons or degenerative changes due to aging. The cause of the hearing loss will determine treatment (if possible), an examination by your Veterinarian may be able to determine a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pippin
American Cocker Spaniel
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Hearing Loss

My 11 year old cocker spaniel service dog is losing his hearing. He has been examined by our veterinarian who found nothing obvious such as foreign objects or infection. His breeder tested both parents for everything known 11 years ago. They were clear of known health problems in the breed and there was nothing notable in their pedigrees.

My cocker spaniel won't allow another dog in the house, so I can't start training another dog while he's still here. After being with me 24/7 for so many years, releasing him to someone else would tear up both of us emotionally.

I'm willing to try whatever treatment is available including hearing aids. My veterinarian doesn't know the state of the art with regard to treating hearing loss, especially for a service dog.

Recommendations for me and for out veterinarian, please?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes of hearing loss in dogs, determining the exact cause of the hearing loss will help in determining if there is a chance of treating or managing the condition. If your Veterinarian has ruled out the usual suspects of hearing loss (inflammation, foreign bodies etc…) we are left with degenerative nerve problems in the inner ear, tumours, fluid build up in the middle ear and thickening of membranes. Hearing aids are somewhat available for dogs but are not common and may not be suitable for Pippin’s type of deafness; also, if she is a service dog that requires activity, keeping the hearing aid in place may be difficult as well as training her to keep the device on her without shaking or trying to paw it off. Ask your Veterinarian if there is a Veterinary Ear Specialist in your area to talk to. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Taz
American Eskimo
13 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Hearing Loss

I have a 13 year old American Eskimo dog who very abruptly has no hearing. He thinks he is 13 weeks and has always been very very hyper and aware of everything around him, about a week ago I noticed he didn't hear me come in or call him I could walk right up to him and nothing until I touched him. My son suggested hydrogen peroxide in his ears to clean them to see if it would help since I live pay check to paycheck. Any suggestions that i can do at home before taking him to a vet? Thanks so much

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of hearing loss in dogs, especially older dogs; these include wax build up, inflammation, tumours, nerve damage, trauma, infections or poisonings. An initial at home treatment would be to give Taz an ear cleaning; there are specific cleaning products available from pet stores for between $5 - $10, please follow the instructions on the bottle. If the ear cleaning is unsuccessful, a visit to your Veterinarian may be required to investigate the specific cause of the deafness. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Duke
Boxer
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hearing Loss

My Boxer is 12 yrs old. Lost his hearing overnight. Is that possible due to his age? Or is it likely he has a infection? He has no odor coming from his ears, and doesn't shake or scratch at his ears. He is sleeping a lot. His eating habits are normal, his behavior is normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few reasons for sudden hearing loss in dogs; mainly infections (usually accompanied with head tilting, head shaking, discharge or smells from the ear), poisoning (including side effects of medication - usually other neurological signs and gastrointestinal signs are apparent), trauma or neurological disease. Hearing loss in older dogs is usually a gradual process caused by degeneration of nerves; the degeneration of nerves may have occurred over time to a point where compensatory mechanisms can no longer compensate the loss of hearing. A visit to your Veterinarian would be reassuring to establish if Duke’s loss of hearing is serious or not and if the underlying cause may be treated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Malotic
Chihuahua
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Can't hear when I call
Can't Hear
Hearing Loss

Hi I have a 13 year old Chihuahua mixed with Pinscher. I took him to the Vet last Monday because he kept scratching his ears. Vet gave me an Ear Cleaner and Malotic to apply on his ear. For the past few days he doesn't hear when I call him nor wake easily. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian again to ensure that there hasn’t been any reaction to the treatment prescribed which may be causing swelling, inflammation or another cause of hearing loss. Given the recent treatment of the ears, this would be the best initial course of action. Other causes of hearing loss unrelated to the recent treatment are trauma, infections, nerve degeneration and cancer among others. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I just adoupted a miniature Australian Shepherd. He has a lot of white we were already informed he may be deaf as it runs high in the White Aussies. He is only 8 weeks so we are starting training. If he ends up being deaf is there a chance at all to fix his hearing. Money is not a issue if it means a chance.

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Luna
French Bulldog
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hearing Loss

I suspect my Frenchie is deaf in her left ear only. The other questions and article were very helpful in considering if she has lost hearing or not. My question is: would loss of hearing in one ear be the cause of her unstableness of both front and back left legs? They often slide to the outside when on our hardwood floor and she will misstep going up and down the stairs with her left side. I would describe it as she only has about 80% functionality of her left legs.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few causes for the symptoms you describe: internal ear infection (usually accompanied by difficulty opening mouth, chewing and shaking of the head), anatomic disorders, toxins, trauma or tumours; it is also possible that the two are unrelated. It would be beneficial in a case like this to have Luna examined by her Veterinarian to carry out some simple neurological tests to determine if there is any cause for concern. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Border Collie
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

My 6 & 1/2 month old border collie seems to be experiencing deafness in both ears after being around a few guns that were fired. Is there a way that the loudness from the gunshot could have caused her to be permanently deaf or is this a temporary deafness? She is otherwise acting fine, just looks around almost trying to hear a sound. We have contacted her local vet and they said it is a waiting game to see if it comes back. Is this common?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately your Veterinarian is right; in this case all we can do is wait. You would normally see hearing improve gradually after loosing hearing due to loud noises. I am assuming your Veterinarian did all the usual tests and examined Daisy’s ears to rule out other potential causes. It is a waiting game with no guarantee of resolution. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Teacup
Chihuahua
14
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hearing Loss

Medication Used

Prednisolone

I have a generally healthy senior Chihuahua that has been Addisonian since age 2, with no incidences since initial diagnosis. The past few months, he doesn't come when called, doesn't wake when I come downstairs, and I have to touch him for him to wake up startled. Since he is so old, I am not concerned, but should I use a whistle to get his attention now?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In older dogs there is a multitude of reasons for hearing loss; the usual causes of hearing loss are due to ear inflammation, trauma, nerve degeneration, medication or poisoning. As far as getting Teacup’s attention, a whistle may be useful; however, if the loss of hearing is due to nerve conduction problems or middle ear problems a vibrating collar may be of more use. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mazee
Chihuahua
12 Years
Serious condition
0 found this not helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Slight Head Tilt
Total Loss of Hearing

Medication Used

Baytril
Malotic

Very healthy: energy and appetite are both normal. I took him to a NEW vet for a regular check up, nail trim, and ear cleaning. The doctor is actually one of the practice owners. Blood panel is normal and no temperature/fever. I walked out satisfied that I had found my new doctor. But 3hrs later my dog was completely deaf! He did have a lot of wax buildup (black in right ear) so the vet put some Malotic cream in both ears "for good measure". "I use it in my own dogs and have used it for years. It will just keep everything clean and prevent yeast." Called and went back the next day after reading online that Malotic can do this in rare cases. Hearing may or may not come back! Next he was prescribed a low-dose antibiotic in case he has some inner ear infection. He only had the one application of the Malotic which was 3 days ago and still can't hear and now he is tilting his head to the side a little bit. Doctor made a few calls and said a few sorries and told me to sit- wait-and-see.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately, this is a case of ‘wait and see’. One of the active ingredients of MalOtic is Gentamicin which may cause loss of hearing and dysfunction of the vestibular system (balance) after administration; once side effects of a drug have presented, withdrawal of treatment and stabilization of the patient (if required in emergencies) followed by waiting to see if the effects of the drug wear off with time. I know that this is a distressing time for you, but in cases of side effects of medications it is best to wait it out (as long as it isn’t an emergency) before attempting to give any further treatment for the side effect. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I'm experiencing the same thing with my 10-year-old yorkie. He had excellent hearing up until last Monday when he was given his first dose of Motazol which contains Gentamicin. I noticed the next day that he was completely deaf but I continued to give him the medicine as prescribed for 2 more days before discontinuing it (after doing some research online). He can't hear ANYTHING. It makes me very sad. I hope this is just temporary. Do dogs often regain their hearing following Gentamicin induced deafness?

I'm experiencing the same thing with my 10-year-old yorkie. He had excellent hearing up until last Monday when he was given his first dose of Motazol which contains Gentamicin. I noticed the next day that he was completely deaf but I continued to give him the medicine as prescribed for 2 more days before discontinuing it (after doing some research online). He can't hear ANYTHING. It makes me very sad. I hope this is just temporary. Do dogs often regain their hearing following Gentamicin induced deafness?

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Lulu
Shi Shu
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Sudden Hearing Loss

MY Lulu is a Shi Shu and 13 years old 10/25/16 yesterday ! In the last 2 weeks she is not able to hear me unless I do a high whistle. She watches my face when I'm talking to her but doesn't seem to understand like she did . I'm doing hand signals for her to come! We just had a check up 4 months ago everything seem fine. Can you help ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Age related hearing loss in older dogs may seem sudden but is usually gradual but compensatory mechanisms usually mean that gradual deafness isn’t seen and appears sudden. Other causes of deafness are trauma, infection, tumours or poisoning. An examination of Lulu’s ears by her Veterinarian and a few tests may confirm age related deafness. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chella
Boston Terrier
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Total Loss of Hearing

My Boston Terrier is 11 and she was not feeling well and seemed to be a little hard of hearing, so took her to vet. Doc said ears look fine but she has teeth needing to be extracted. 2 days later, 13 teeth removed, ears were cleaned and the out some kind of antibiotic ointment in just in case ears were irritated. (?) Took her home and she slept a lot for the next 3 days, I figured from antibiotics and pain med. Then I became aware she is completely deaf!!! I feel like she thinks I did this to her and well, I guess I did. We went back to vet, he confirms she's deaf and days this is not suppose to happen! He thinks the ointment is blocking something and says it will dry up and she SHOULD be fine. My but is screaming at me to do something! It's been 10 days since my poor BT had tooth surgery and she also won't eat her can food that she loves! Well she will but only a little at a time. Help her please!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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After ear cleaning, some dogs may be left with temporary deafness which would normally resolve itself given time; also some drugs may also cause deafness in dogs after administration. In cases like this, it is a case of wait and see which I know doesn’t give you much comfort, but we need to see what happens once the cleaning fluid or medication has dried or left the body. Whilst this is a distressing time, the best thing to do is to continue to give Chella lots of love and support and to give positive reinforcement when she eats to encourage her to eat more; mixing her canned food with a little water to make it softer may help her to consume it after the dental surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Jack Russell Terrier
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Head Tilt
Balance Loss

My 14 year old Jack Russell Terrier went yesterday for her yearly routine check up/shots/teeth cleaning appointment. She was in great shape before going in. They told me everything was fine but that she might vomit after due to anesthesia (which she did). Only that today she s been having trouble walking, loss of balance when trying to shake her hear and head tilting, plus she vomited what she ate earlier. Despite the age, Luna is in such amazing shape. She s super active and healthy.
Is it something common to develop this symptoms followed by such procedures/anesthesia?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms will probably be connected with the anaesthesia the day before, recovery in older dogs may take longer and they may feel groggy for longer. Another cause of the symptoms may be due to vestibular disease which usually presents without a known cause; usually the dog is monitored for a few days to see if the symptoms improve. Give Luna another day, if the symptoms persist, visit your Veterinarian for a check over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chester
Shih Tzu
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Totally unable to hear; startles when touched from

Medication Used

None

Can a thorough ear cleaning restore a deaf dog's hearing? We recently rescued an older (estimated 9 years old) neutered male shih Tzu whose only problems seem to be total deafness, arthritis in his left front elbow, a small bubble-like tumor on the front of his right eyelid and very bad teeth (only his very back teeth are left besides the lower front ones). The vet at his recent initial health check also said his ears are full of gunk. He is set to be sedated for a teeth cleaning eyelid tumor removal and a good ear cleaning. Is it possible his total deafness can be cured by the ear cleaning?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Always good to read about people taking in rescue dog, so many loving animals looking for good homes. The resolution of Chester’s hearing loss would depend on the primary cause of deafness; if the problem is only occlusion of the ear canals with gunk, then a good cleaning would restore his hearing, however if the cause is due to neurological issues, tumours, past trauma etc… then the cleaning wouldn’t have an effect on his deafness. Once his ears are cleaned, if there is no restoration of hearing, then a further examination can be made in to the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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BUSTER
Lhasa Apso
11yrs
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

doesnt respond to name

What would cause fluid to build up in my 11 yr Lhasa Apsos ears would that cause deafness and how or if there's anything I could do to get rid of it the vet said they could not see down the ear canal due to hair having to be plucked I had the hair removed today but was just wondering what would cause the fluid build up to begin with and now is there a chance the fluid maybe dry up on its own since the hair is plucked now

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The most likely cause of fluid in the ears would be due to infection which wouldn’t be surprising if it was hairy and moist in there giving a perfect environment for the growth of pathogens. Using a good ear cleaner (Epi-Otic) and following the instructions on the bottle would be a good start to break up any wax and debris that may be sitting in the ear canal; once the ear canal is clean your Veterinarian would be able to take a better look inside. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you very much... I really appreciate that

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Paisley
Pug
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hearing Loss

My 12 yo pug had an ear infection 10/5 vet tech filled ears for treatment...dog still has not regained hearing . Prior to treatment could hear/respond/barked at door etc. Now it has been over a month is there anything that can be done? is this permanent condition ...I walk in house she is asleep...startles to waken, unable to hear me in house must make eye contact...worried!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In rare cases, a popular ear cleaning product (as well as other lesser known products) which contains gentamicin can cause short to medium term hearing loss due to the presence of gentamicin in the product. In these types of cases, a wait and see approach is taken as there is no medical reversal that can be done. Generally the deafness can last a few weeks, if the deafness continues, visit your Veterinarian to investigate other possible causes for the deafness. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Billy Bob
Brittney Spaniel
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Doesn't Know I'm Behind Him

how can I treat my dogs hearing loss? Is there a way to clean their ears?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes of hearing loss in dogs including wax accumulation, infections, trauma, perforated ear drums, nerve degeneration, inflammation, tumours or poisoning; the treatment is dependent on the primary cause. Ear cleaning products are available at pet stores and they have instructions for their use on the bottle; if in doubt, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Muffin
Maltese
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

doesnt respond to name
Deafness

Medication Used

Mometamax

Over the past few months I have noticed that my dog has not be responding normally to calls and noises. When I walk in the door she no longer perks her head up and I can often sneak up on her now, something which has never happened in the past. I went to my local vet and the description he gave was something like "she magically went death, even though she is healthy in every other way". My dog has had ear infections in the past, but nothing recently so I do not understand how this could have happened. Could it be the ear infections or the medicine I have given her for them (Mometamax)? My vet also said that the ear drum had no damage and he did not mention anything about ear wax build up being a problem. If you have any insight I would greatly appreciate it, my dog is very young still so I am confused on how this could have happened.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Mometamax contains gentamicin which has been linked to temporary deafness in dogs which usually resolves two to three weeks after the end of treatment. Other causes include tumours, poisoning, foreign bodies, stroke, repeated exposure to loud noises or infections. A more comprehensive examination maybe required with blood tests and an MRI; there are more comprehensive tests which maybe conducted by a Specialist. If the deafness isn’t treatable, there are vibrating devices which maybe attached to the collar to help attract attention whilst outside. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Joker
Rat Terrier
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Balance Loss
Deafness

Medication Used

dasuquin

Hello,

My older dog has been going deaf, which regular checkups have shown to be just geriatric hearing loss. Apart from some mild cataracts, he doesn't have any other health issues. He is in great physical shape (still joins me on several-day backpacking trips) and has no difficulty with cognition (continues to learn new tricks and now performs all commands without voice cues).

Today, he couldn't stand or walk without falling over to the right. It only lasted for about 5 mins, and now he's completely back to normal. Responsive to hand cues and balance is normal. Thinking back, he's been hesitant to jump up onto furniture the last couple weeks, but that could be unrelated. He's eating and drinking, and no problems with bowel or bladder functions. I'm wondering if this is just scarring / calcification of the inner ear causing vestibular issues along with deafness, or if this is something more serious. And I was wondering if, regardless of what the diagnosis is... Is there anything to be done? He's had multiple clean bills of health, and I was told there's no treatment options - it's just age. Perhaps this new symptom changes things?

Thank you for your help and advice

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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As you have written, as dogs age certain abilities become more difficult or become absent. The hesitation to jump on furniture may be down to spinal issues, muscle issues or joint issues; balance on the other hand may just be down to old age, even in young animals (and people) it is possible to fall down due to standing too quickly etc… I wouldn’t be too concerned if there is just momentary lapses in balance, as long as he remains responsive and not having a seizure or loss of consciousness, then there is little to be concerned about. If the frequency increases, you notice darting of the eyes or any other symptom, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a five-month-old Morkie I just had spayed she wanted to pulmonary cardiac arrest on the table she was lacking oxygen for like 3 minutes now she's not hearing very well and her vision is not good I was wondering if that would come back

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Hearing Loss in Dogs Treatment Experiences

Maximus
Welsh Corgi, Pembroke
15 Years

Has Symptoms

Deafness

I have a Pembroke Corgi, 15 ys old. He exercises regularly. He has periodontal disease. His hearing started going a year ago. He is pretty much deaf now. Would the periodontal disease cause him hearing loss?

Cassius
Boxer
13 Years

Has Symptoms

Deafness

Hello, cassius my male boxer who is 13 years but in great shape considering his age had a ear infection and was in pain and scratching so we took him to thr emergency vet on a Sunday. The vet prescribed orydermyl ointment in his ears once a day. 5 days later i noticed my dog couldn't hear anything anymore. Nothing at all no matter how loud. Im furious that the vet gave him that and never mentioned that the label clearly states it can cause temporary deafness if older dogs. I feel guilty. I should have read and never trusted the vet. I of course immediately stopped the treatment but its been 4 days since we stopped it and it doesn't seem to have come back at all. I read online only 80% of dogs recuperate their earring after losing it to this horrible medication. On the label it doesn't say this, it just claims temporary deafness. Do u know anything about this med and most importantly is there anything i can do to help him gain his hearing back? Shall i flush his ears? Anything u can suggest that may help him hear my voice again would be well appreciated. Also how long if his hearing was to come back as indicated on the med label woukd it take in ur opinion. Is a few days too short? I was in the hopes it woukd come back gradually a few days after stopping it. Thank you.

Locko
Dog
9 Months

Has Symptoms

Hearing Loss

I have a 9 month old named locko I've did a little research on boxers and found that most of them with white ears are deaf. I did a little more research and attempted some of the exercises they had listed but it seems he only responds to sound from his right ear (brown) and not the left (white). I was wondering if the hearing loss was because of his breed or if the loss was from wax or hair blockage or something more severe.

Kayla
Labrador Retriever
13 Years

Has Symptoms

Sudden Hearing Loss

I took my 13 year old lab to the vet today because the groomer said she had infections in both ears. The vet cleaned her ears out and administered an ointment in both ears. Now she can't hear!!! Doesn't respond to any commands, noises, anything. Is this normal? I am really upset. No hearing problems at all before the visit to the vet.

Imani
Shiba Inu
14 Years

Has Symptoms

Sudden Hearing Loss
Deafness

She could hear, and then she couldn't a little over a year ago. Complete, sudden deafness. No pain, abnormal gait, nothing. Still devastating.

Romie
Chihuahua

Has Symptoms

Deafness

Our dog, a Chihuahua, became deaf yesterday after 3 days of using Surolan ear drops as per our vet's instructions. I looked it up online, and one of the side effects of Surolan is deafness. Why do they allow this medication to be used on dogs? I have read of many instances of this problem on different websites. He could hear perfectly before this, and he is a young dog. He had a minor problem with allergies and yeast in ears. Does anyone know of anything we can do to help him? We did flush his ears out with the ear cleaner provided by vet.

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