Kenny The Hearing Dog Moving To Astoria
International Hearing Dog, Inc. announced that Hearing Dog Kenny will be placed in Astoria, to assist a man with hearing loss.
Kenny is a Dachshund mix who was rescued from New Mexico in September 2017. He was chosen to be a service Hearing Dog because of his sweet disposition, friendly demeanor, and eagerness to please his human companion.
Kenny flies out from Denver with Trainer CC Trammell on Sunday, July 15, 2018. CC will spend three days with Kenny and his recipient, helping them practice sounds, get to know one another, and become a team.
Kenny’s recipient qualifies for a Hearing Dog because of his severe hearing loss. He was deaf at birth and was diagnosed and fitted for hearing aids at about four years old. As an example of his hearing loss, sounds must reach over 100 decibels in intensity before he can hear them – equivalent to the volume of a tractor.
Kenny’s recipient is eager to welcome him home! He is looking forward to Kenny providing him with a “better quality of life, including being more independent, feeling less anxious, and getting self-confidence back.”
“Kenny is a fun dog who really likes to snuggle and is quick on his sound work. We’re excited for the two of them to become a team and for Kenny to provide that hearing assistance to help his recipient regain independence,” states Executive Director Valerie Foss-Brugger.
About International Hearing Dog, Inc.
The mission of International Hearing Dog, Inc. is to train dogs to assist persons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, with and without multiple disabilities, at no cost to the recipient.
ASSISTANCE FOR PEOPLE WITH HEARING LOSS:
There are many forms of assistance for hard-of-hearing persons. Assistive-listening devices can be helpful, such as flashing lights and vibrators, but are not permanent solutions.
Hearing people, such as family members or friends, can also be supportive. However, this can rob many deaf or hard-of-hearing persons of an independent life, creating a dependence-responsibility relationship.
What is one of the most successful ways to bring persons with hearing loss into the mainstream? Hearing Dogs.
Each dog is cared for and practices sound work at the International Hearing Dog training facility in Denver, CO. After a period of 10 months of training, Kenny is able to alert his recipient to the sounds of a telephone, doorbell, smoke alarm, and alarm clock. Kenny is also trained and socialized to be skilled and professional in any public situation with his hearing impaired partner.
Today, IHDI staff and volunteers have trained more than 1,300 shelter dogs to assist individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. These dogs have found homes in all 50 states of the United States and Canada. IHDI has also helped start independent Hearing Dog programs in Japan, Norway, and Australia.
For more information about this organization or to inquire about a hearing dog of your own, please visit:
Source: http://www.kast1370.com, International Hearing Dog inc.
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