Come again? Dog hearing aid is in the works
Pete Scheifele began working on a hearing aid for dogs after his own 17-year-old dog — a miniature pinscher/beagle mix — lost his hearing.
The highly trained dog has appeared on television and performed for schools and didn’t seem to mind wearing the prototype. In fact, he would seek it out and nudge it when he wasn’t wearing it, Scheifele says.
Researchers are now working on modifications to make the prototype version smaller and more comfortable, according to a report in DVM 360.
The hearing aid would only work on dogs with acquired hearing loss, according to Scheifele, Director of UC’s Bioacoustics and Canine Audiology Clinic.
Scheifele says he is in discussions for commercialization of the prototype and hopes it might be available for sale later this year.
(Photo: Courtesy of University of Cincinnati)
Posted by John Woestendiek May 7th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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