Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is the only Charity in the UK that trains dogs to alert deaf people to important everyday sounds and danger signals.
Deafness can often be isolating since many deaf people do not feel confident out in public and avoid social situations. Statistics show that almost 10 million people in the UK are deaf or have a hearing loss. To put that into perspective, that’s one in six of the population. Out of these people 800,000 are severely or profoundly deaf and therefore eligible for a hearing dog.
Along with the important practical assistance, a hearing dog also gives independence, confidence and companionship to their deaf recipient. They encourage social interaction which helps to reduce the isolation and loneliness that deafness can often bring. Deafness is an invisible disability – and there can sometimes be no external signs of hearing loss such as a hearing aid. Deaf people have often commented that people thought that they were being rude because they didn’t respond to questions. By wearing a burgundy jacket, hearing dogs bring visibility to deafness and greater understanding from the public.