Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Visit Rowan Croft
Imagine you are deaf. You can’t hear your alarm clock. You can’t hear your text messages. You miss out on social interactions. That’s what life is like for deaf people, and it can be very isolating and lonely. Deafness does not just affect a person’s hearing. It is an invisible disability that isolates people from others. It can strip people of their confidence and destroy their sense of independence.
Deafness can also be exhausting. People who suffer from hearing loss are unable to look down at their phones or newspaper and hear what somebody is saying like hearing people take for granted. They have to concentrate on lip patterns to hold conversations, they have to focus on a person’s facial expressions and grasp onto the little sound they can hear and then try to make sense of it all.
This, plus living in constant fear of missing a crucial sound like a fire alarm, can be mentally and physically draining for deaf people.
Not being able to hear sounds is only half the battle for deaf people.
Hearing loss detaches people from interactions with others. It makes understanding those who mumble or turn away during conversations impossible. The human world is built around interaction and community support, and deafness can take all of this away
A hearing dog can make a big difference.
Training a hearing dog starts when a puppy is just a few weeks old. And although it’s hard to believe these adorable puppies are capable of changing lives – with a bit of help (and a lot of praise and cuddles) they really do make a monumental difference to deaf people.
EveryDay Care’s Rowan Croft Wellbeing Centre in Killingworth recently played host to two Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Sammy a miniature poodle has been in training for almost 18 months and will soon be allocated to an older person in a care setting. He and his canine colleague Goldie the Golden Retriever (who is a Hearing Dog Ambassador) paid a visit not just to brighten our customer’s day but of course to undertake further training. Our wellbeing centres in North Tyneside are a hive of activity and a perfect setting for some additional socialization with older people.
Our customers provided them with lots of cuddles, pats and treats and enjoyed their company immensely. They chatted to handlers Lucy and Ailsa about their own pets and one of our gentleman Bart discussed the merits of greyhound racing in the North East region many years ago.
Lucy explained that she has 8 dogs of her own but is currently working with 14 Hearing Dogs. The waiting list to receive a dog locally is 2 years. The dogs are specialized and their training takes up to two years at an eventual cost of £40,000 over the dog’s working lifetime.
To learn more about the cost of accessing our Wellbeing Centre Services why not give our Team a ring Tel: 0191 2877028
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