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What are Hearing Loss?

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.

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.

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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.

Hearing Loss Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

BUSTER
Lhasa Apso
11yrs
Serious condition
2 found helpful
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
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

My dog had a yeast infection in one ear and bacteria infection in the other. I went to a new vet because I moved and told them his history with on/off again ear infections and skin allergies.

Fast forward, the vet packed his years with meds and I did a follow up 2 weeks later. The infections were still not 100% clear so she did two new meds and packed ears again (she did flush them before putting in new meds).

Now, almost 2mo later, he still cannot hear. I knew he couldn’t hear bc his ears were packed, but now he has no hearing almost 2mo after last treatment. (He has not not been back to vet for 2nd follow-up as they didn’t schedule one).

He is a JRT and 13yrs old. No other medical ailments/conditions.

Is this a permanent side effect of his ears being packed, permanent deafness?

I HAVE A 6 MONTH OLD CHIHUAQUA WHO WAS HEARING GOOD WHEN I GAVE HIM TO ITS KNEW OWNER NOW I AM FINDING OUT THAT HE CANNOT HEAR FROM THE OWNER, WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN I GET HIM BACK.

Thank you very much... I really appreciate that

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Mel
Shar Pei mix
12 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Sudden Hearing Loss

The vet suggested sadation for flushing and packing ears as well as nail trimming. (Not firsttime they have done this procedure) I dropped him off at 930am they said sedation /proceedure at 11am, they told me to pick him up at 2 30pmsaid he was still sleepy and ask if I wanted to try and wake him up. I went in the back room and he was laying on the floor and was completely out of it. He didnt respond to me. He's eyes were droppy and goopy. They had to carry him to my car! I was told he should be mmoving arouND by 8pm that night. HE would not eat or move and winning all d and night. Next day would not get up, whining and would coward and was scared when we would wipe his eyes or try to get hm to move. He's had little water and no food. Took to emergency vet, no temp and heart was good.
Monday afternoon, he usually is waiting at door for me...I was in the house standing I fronfront of him calling his name and he didnt wake up. He finally opened his eyes and was happy to see me... then I realized he wasn't able to hear anything. Doorbell, when I asking him if he wants to go ffor walk.... no response!
The vet said, 'that's strange'
Keep me.updated daily and see if anything changes.....
I feel horrible and heart broken.

Any advice and/or suggestions?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Personally I prefer a dog (or any animal) to be conscious, eating, drinking and urinating before being discharged and taken home; but that is just me. A loss of hearing may be linked to anaesthesia (see first link below) where there is a low incidence of hearing loss after anaesthesia which may be permanent; another cause may be due to the use of gentamicin (second link below) which is commonly used in some ear cleaning products and may lead to temporary (or permanent in some cases) hearing loss. In these cases, it is really a case of wait and see to look for any improvements in hearing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20636566 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3490132/

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Tobe
llhaso apso
13 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hearing loss,

Hi, We have a Terrier, Llhaso Apso mix breed of 13 years old and about 20 lbs. We took him in for hearing loss (relatively recent, he had hearing within the past 6 months) and a general checkup, they said the ear canal was clear although he had a yeast infection. Will his hearing get better if the yeast infection is cleaned up or is it now permanent? Otherwise, he is in good condition, active, eats and drinks well.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the ears are otherwise clear apart from the yeast infection the likelihood of the hearing returning is small; many times the hearing loss is gradual over a few months which results in complete deafness, dogs compensate for a gradual loss in hearing very well. I cannot say whether the hearing loss is permanent, but it most likely is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Jack Russell Terrier
14 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Balance Loss
Head Tilt

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
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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Roscoe
Chihuahua
12 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Tremors

I have a 12 year old short-hair chihuahua. He's suffered seizures for the past 6 years and is currently on phenobarbital (16.2g 2x/day). He generally still has 2 grand-mal seizures each month - letting you know this in case it has an relevance to hearing issues. For about the past 2 months he seems unable to hear certain noises. I can walk up behind him and he doesn't hear me. When he's outside he is totally oblivious to the fact that I'm whistling/calling him back in. I understand he's an older dog and this is normal, but one thing that concerns me is that when I open our front door to let him out, the door makes a "suction noise" (for lack of a better description) - when the door is being pulled away from the rubber weatherstrip. This is nothing new, it's always been this way. However, if he is standing closer than 3 feet to the door while it's being opened, his body physically tremors and sometimes he actually collapses - his legs give out and he falls over. I have to push him far back from the door until it's opened to keep him from collapsing. I'm certain it's hearing related, but strange since most of the time he can't hear me, but he's ultra-sensitive to this noise. It's never bothered him in the past.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally as dogs age (like people) their ability to hear higher pitched noises decreases and they can still hear lower pitched noises; it is possible that the opening of the door produces a frequency in Roscoe’s current hearing spectrum which may trigger one of these episodes. I cannot think of anything specific to recommend for him for this unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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lilly
wheaton Terrier
11 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Deafness, head shaking

My dog went deaf soon after a dose of Claro Otic. She started tipping and vomited shortly after and then stopped eating and drinking. I went back the next day and the Dr. said it was likely due to the ear infection and fluid in her ear. The next day she was completely deaf and I had him take the drops out. after looking at the ingredients of the medication, I was appalled to see Propylene Glycol and several other ingredients that shocked me. I am heartbroken and wonder if there is any way to tell if she will recover her hearing? Why are these products being used?

Thank you,

Holly

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I am not aware of a connection with hearing loss and Claro Otic, hearing loss is more common with the use of products containing gentamicin; there are many different types of ingredients in medications which may only be used in small quantities or acceptable limits (even tap water has acceptable limits for poisons). If you have concerns about the use of a product prescribed by your Veterinarian, ask for an alternative treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://bayer.cvpservice.com/product/view/basic/1040169?e=LSdew7K4HnVeeL2EuzyjnfL5DhrACqQQ

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Shadow
German Shepherd
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
2 found helpful
Moderate condition

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
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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Lulu
Shi Shu
13 Years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
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
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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Paisley
Pug
12 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
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
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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Sassy
Boston Terrier
13 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Deaf completely

At the time my Boston Terrier Was 13 years old when the vet said she needed a tooth pulled. She is now 15. It cost over $350.00 to remove the tooth during this procedure and an overnight stay. I thought that was quite a high cost and since I've had her since she was 5 months old so I went ahead with out a second opinion. Within a week she was completely deaf. I called the vet and was told her age and the medicine was probably the reason. I am so mad because her quality of life had really been affected. What can I do. I looked over my bills from this certain veterinarian business and it seems I've been overcharged each time. There are procedures that have been done when she just went for shits that they did and when I went to pay it was twice As what it should have been. Once I had her leg checked because she was limping and the vet checked her bottom showing me how to keep her from being constipated and was charged $25.00 for 10 seconds to show me how to use a finger to open her behind up to poop better. I didn't ask her to do that and it wasn't the reason we were there. After I called and asked about the surgery and her going deaf they wouldn't give me a good reason why her deafness may have happened and basically dismissed me after a sometimes things just happen answer. Please can you give me a medical reason this could have happened. I wasn't told the surgery (the tooth was in the far back of her jaw that was pulled) may have this end result. Also I asked how long it took and the attendant told me about 10 min. WOW. EXPENSIVE 10 min. And had to stay overnight too. Please let me know what you think. Thank you. Sincerely Lisa Thorne

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly, if you believe you have been overcharged and your Veterinarian has billed you inappropriately, check the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) link below about making a complaint if you wish to do so. Loss of hearing may occur for a few different reasons in dogs and is usually due to a long term gradual deafness (dogs are great at compensating for deafness) leading to a day when there is complete hearing loss; other causes may be due to medication (gentamicin is known to cause deafness for example) and anaesthesia during dental or ear cleaning (see NCBI and LSU links below). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.avma.org/public/YourVet/Pages/Complaints-against-Veterinarians.aspx
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20636566
www.lsu.edu/deafness/Sudden.htm

Thank you for answering my question. I still wonder after reading the other questions here as to why some of these medications are still being given knowing the animal usually goes deaf and the owners area not being told it causes deafness most of the Time. Thank you for answering quickly. God bless.

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Cleo
Dalmatian
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No reaction at all most of time
Sudden reaction

I have a Dalmatian .
He is 8 weeks old.
He id not at all responding to the sounds .
Tried everything ..
Snapping clapping shouting calling his name and everything else too..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dalmatians are prone to deafness with it being a genetic trait; many affected dogs are deaf in one ear with less than 5% deaf in both ears. Unfortunately, this deafness is irreversible and affected dogs should be neutered to remove them from the breeding pool. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.ufaw.org.uk/dogs/dalmatian-deafness

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taquila
Chihuahua
4 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Deaf completely

Medication Used

None

hi there i have a 4 year old chihuahua i adofted from cyprus and retund to uk with her she was stone deaf when i got her shes merle black and white 1 blue eye 1 brown she seem to here 1 of our other dogs bark and responds by barking back some times it seems like her hearing is very slight can this improve or is it my imagination shes mabe picking up on vibrations

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of deafness in dogs, but there is a correlation between blue eyes in dogs and deafness; I cannot comment on why Taquila may be hearing one dog and nothing else, but her deafness isn’t a surprise especially from a genetic point of view. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.lsu.edu/deafness/genetics.htm (fourth paragraph)

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Sadie
Australian Shepherd
11 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hearing Loss

Hi, our 11 year old Australian Shepherd acts like she can’t hear us when she’s tired or outside or barking but when I shake a bag of treats she comes running or if she hears a squirrel on the fence she hears it right away. Do you think it’s a hearing problem?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sadie may have selective hearing and is choosing to ignore you when she is being lazy or busy barking at something; however it is possible that Sadie is partially deaf and the noise made by the bag of treats is in her hearing range. You should have your Veterinarian examine Sadie and check her hearing to see if they notice anything. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mazee
Chihuahua
12 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Total Loss of Hearing
Slight Head Tilt

Medication Used

Malotic
Baytril

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
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?

Did Mazee's hearing ever improve? What about the Yorkie? My Dog went deaf after being given just 3 doses of Maxi-Octic drops "to prevent infection" after having a hematoma drained from the floppy part of his ear 3 weeks ago. He heard perfectly after surgery. 5 days later we were told start the drops. That's when we noticed the problem. Our family is devastated. Vet said it can be from anesthesia and may improve. He never had anesthesia issues. It hasn't improved. It's SO sad to know this was preventable. We blame the vet, and ourselves for trusting the vet & the drops.😪 Wish we would have been forewarned about the risk.

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Daisy
Border Collie
6 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
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
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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Pippin
American Cocker Spaniel
11 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

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
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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Duke
Boxer
12 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
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
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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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

Hello Dr. Callum I was recently on a road trip with my pit bull in the car and I was playing the music pretty loud. I started having a OCD fit and kept testing the volume of music now i'm paranoid that I possibly damaged the dogs hearing. Is that possible? The back speakers were turned off but the front was still decently loud.. Just because its loud to me does that mean that it was killing the dogs ears? I'm a mess I cant stop thinking about it! He is perfectly fine and acting normal by the way.

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Muffin
Maltese
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Deafness
doesnt respond to name

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

Has your dog regained hearing yet?

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Chester
Shih Tzu
9 Years
Serious condition
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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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Malotic
Chihuahua
13 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

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

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.

This is all the more reason to support the legalization of sound suppressor technology to allow us to protect the hearing of our hunting companions. It is cruel to oppose a common-sense measure that would benefit both humans and dogs alike.

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Joker
Rat Terrier
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Deafness
Balance Loss

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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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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Stripes
Mixed
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Cannot hear
Hearing Loss

I have a 13 year old pitbull mix in excellent health. However, he had an ear infection that wouldn't go away so the doctor decided to use an antibiotic mixed with wax and put it in his ears the infection went away however, my dog is now at least 90% deaf. His hearing was fine before this treatment even though having an ear infection! Can something like this be reversed? Is there any forms of treatment for this? Or now is my best friend deaf?!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hearing loss when using an antibiotic called gentamicin is a common occurrence and is temporary in many cases, gentamicin is still used because it is effective at treating ear infections; after the treatment has ended, hearing will improve generally over time. I would give it some time after stopping treatment, but if the hearing loss continues I would return to your Veterinarian for another examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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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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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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Cali
Pit bull
5 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Hearing Loss

I have a 5 year old pitbull that I've noticed her not hearing me as well as she used to. We took her to the vet as we thought there could be ear wax and I didn't want to do that improperly at home. They looked in the air and did a swab, came back and said there was yeast and bacterial infection. They sent us home with Mometamax drops and EpiKalm ear cleanser. More days later there was no change so I took her back to the vet. They said to continue the drops and change the earphones or to Cerumotic. We just moved to the area so this was a new Veterinary Clinic through bansfield Hospital. We saw two different vets each visit. The second thought that looked at her said her ear drums were intact and it did not act like there was any type of inflammation or blockage. She said she could just be losing her hearing. This literally just breaks my heart that she can't here when I come in the door or tell her that I love her. She now has horrible separation anxiety. I would just like to know when the yeast and bacterial infection is gone if you think her hearing will get better? And from the side effects of the medication I'm wondering if I should keep her on this? I cannot understand using and medication to help hearing loss that causes hearing loss. How long after use of this medication before the hearing normally comes back? How would I go about finding a specialist in my area? I'm in Leavenworth Kansas outside of Kansas City Kansas or Kansas City Missouri. Thank you in advance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Cali, I cannot weigh into a possible diagnosis or treatment; however there is a board certified Veterinary Neurologist in Overland Park, KS (link below) which is around 25 miles from Leavenworth, KS, the same centre also has board certified Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialists as well. The use of medications like gentamicin are used regardless of the possibility of temporary hearing loss due to their efficacy in treating infections. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://find.vetspecialists.com/kansas/overland-park/veterinary-specialist/bluepearl-specialty-and-emergency-medicine-for-pets

DO NOT use mometamax. It is a poison to dogs ears....especially older ones. My American Eskimo was stone deaf for 3 months and now, 3 years later, can hear claps and loud noises but cannot understand any longer. I’m glad he knows sign language. Very, very sad. The vet and Merke confirmed it was the mometamax but nothing can be done. Beware and investigate anything that is given to your dogs. Hope your dogs hearing returns.

My wheaten terrier had perfect hearing. She had an ear infection. I used Malotic which also has gentomicin. She was deaf right after use. I only used it once. I was instructed not to continue using it. I called the company and they suggested flushing the ears but to check with our vet. I am also very upset. My Riley is very sweet and she is not herself. I think she is isolated without hearing and I hope the hearing loss is reverseable.

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Hadley
minature schnauzer
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog a minature schnauzer is 11 years old and has quite quickly lost his hearing, or certain levels of noise. But we have found that now when in the car he pants and becomes extremely agitated. Any advice would be welcome

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A sudden loss of hearing in dogs is rare, normally dogs adapt well to gradual loss in hearing until one day it suddenly looks like they lost their hearing overnight; the agitation in the car may be due to a lack of hearing making him uncomfortable in the car. You should have your Veterinarian give a thorough examination to check the ears to look out any any possible cause of a loss of hearing; cannot really recommend any more than that. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
Cockapoo
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

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Hearing loss

I have a 3 month old cockapoo. When we got it from the breeder it had a head tilt so we took him to the vet. He had a bad ear infection in both ears and was put on ear drops and such. The vet says the ears are free of infection now bit the dog still has a head tilt and has issues locating where sound is coming from. He can hear the slightest sound but you go outside and he can't tell where it is coming from. Why is this and what are the possible issues that you have seen?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A common cause of hearing loss after treatment of ear infection is ototoxicity from the use of products containing gentamicin which may cause temporary or permanent hearing loss in some cases; gentamicin is used due to its efficacy in treating ear infections. Many times hearing loss is temporary and it is a case of waiting the effects out; it may be worth speaking with your Veterinarian to rule out other cause of hearing loss like trauma, loud noises, other infections, anomalies etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scrappy
Rat Terrier
10-11
Serious condition
1 found helpful
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

My dog is on proxicam for esophagus cancer and has hearing lost what should I do

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Annabelle
Chihuahua
11 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Ear cleaning
Hearing Loss

Question regarding my last post that was not answered...

Dr. Michele King,

Thank you for responding! I really do appreciate you taking the time to read and respond to my story.
I appreciate your information regarding an aging ear canal and I'm glad you were able to also tell me something a little bit different. That was helpful and I wish I was told that before also.
However I am still uncomfortable with the situation considering the circumstances of how it played out and the severity of the outcome.
With that said,
Would it be considered normal for what you had said to have happened if they had only cleaned one ear? That doesn't make sense to me how the ear canal would affect both sides.. If you don't mind, would you be able to explain it a little more to me?
Also I had asked if it would be OK to do an at-home ear cleansing with either water and vinegar Or water and alcohol? See if it helps... Is that safe?

Thank you again!
Xtina

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Xtina, unfortunately we may never know what caused this hearing loss, and it seems very odd to me as well that both ears were affected when one was cleaned. I don't have a better explanation for this. It would probably be best to avoid any washes at this time, as they may actually irritate the ear canals further. One thing that you might consider would be a referral to a specialist, as they may be able to do further testing to determine the source of the problem, since it seems so unlikely to have been caused by a routine cleaning with no medication, in one ear.

My dog suddenly went deaf at 13 and never ever had an ear infection. Actually the Vet use to say his ears were incredibly unusual, like a puppy. He went deaf within a week of his BFF DIEING. And to this day I say it must of been the emotional trauma as they were with one another for 13 year's.

Sorry to hear about your pets hearing loss from the use of meds. I to know that certain meds and ear washes contributed to my dogs hearing loss too.
Our Vet used a standard ear wash on our Shepherd and her hearing loss was almost immediately noticed afterwards. What happens are the tiny hairs that are so critical for a pets hearing are destroyed by the meds or wash and they don’t regrow, hence loss of hearing

A vet is a doctor who should research medications BEFORE prescribing them to pets. Obviously, you have some connection to a vet since you seem to think they are infallible. And you sound extremely immature in your comments to Annibell's mom. My chihuahua has now lost all of her hearing after being prescribed a medication - in 2017 I was told she had an ear infection in one ear and it was treated with a medication and she soon lost most of her hearing. 10 days ago I carried her back to the same vet. clinic and this time the vet. put the medication in both ears and she become totally deaf within a few days. Her hearing is NOT going to come back and when I just researched the medication - I discovered many other pet owners whose pets were prescribed this same medication and they became deaf!! So - yes, the vet. is partially responsible - he owed a duty to reveal side effects which he did not do. Had I known of possible side effects such as deafness, I would NEVER have subjected my sweet chihuahua to that horrible medication.

Ken W, you are wrong in every way. If your doctor gave something to your child that caused your child to end up blind, deaf, worse, etc, would you say the doctor did nothing wrong? What a horrible and hateful heart you have. Karma!

Hey Ken,

I understand Annabelle's mom's feelings. My beautiful wheaten terrier is now deaf due to the u se of Malotic. Apparently it can have a side effect of deafness. If someone had told me, I would have never used it. We try our best with our animals and when someone fails them, it is upsetting. My beautiful girl is not herself. I have called other vets, I called the manufacturer of the product. I want to try everything I can to help her regain her hearing.

Dear Annibell's "mom", honestly, you need help! How dare you blame your vet! I'm on this site because my 14 year old Rat Terrier has suddenly lost his hearing, as well. Shit happens! Grow up!

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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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Cooper
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

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

my dog is deaf after a 2 week course of oral Baytril. she is smart and knows hand signals but this is sure a sad thing to see.

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 ?

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 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 11 year old staffy suddenly gone deaf. One minute he was fine and the next he was deaf. I have try to look in his ears. But he start to shake .

This is all the more reason to support the legalization of sound suppressor technology to allow us to protect the hearing of our hunting companions. It is cruel to oppose a common-sense measure that would benefit both humans and dogs like.

My pug didn’t even have a clue he had two ear infections, now he seems to not react when I call his name.

Our dog is now completely deaf thanks to the use of Animax for some crud in his ear folds. Coconut oil most likely would have solved the issue and he'd still be able to hear. I was given no warning from our vet that this could happen and is a known possible side effect. Extremely disappointed and so sad for our boy.

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ANNABELLE
Chihuahua
11 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
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Has Symptoms

Hearing Loss
Suddenly deaf

Medication Used

none

PLEASE READ!!!!!
We went to the vet because we were due for the Lyme vaccine and a heartworm test.(we had just had our annual physical with her regular Dr the month before) when we went in for the vaccine/test the Tech(Not Dr.) looked her over and said everything looks good. She mentioned she was going to clean her ear, but only one. She said the other looked fine.(there were NO infections or any problems with Either ear. And there Never has been). Of course I didn't think anything of having them cleaned because after all it's no big deal. I was watching her do it, but not fully paying attention because we were also talking. I did Not see her put any solution into her ear, I just saw her go in with a Q-tip. Maybe it had some sort of medication on it but I don't know. I saw she was able to get out a couple chunks of waxy stuff and when she was done I saw her wipe it down with what looked like an alcohol swab. I'm assuming. And like I said she only mentioned one ear. I don't think she did the other, but then again I wasn't paying full attention so maybe she did it anyway? But I don't think so.
Anyway, a few days later I noticed she couldn't hear me and finally realized she was/is COMPLETELY DEAF!!! Like I was screaming her name from behind and she didn't even tip an ear. Let me Assure you her hearing has Always been EXCELLENT. Meaning I could whisper from a distance and she would acknowledge. She has Always been an Excellent listener and those ears are constantly moving to the sounds around her.
So of course I immediately brought her back to the vet to see her regular Dr. He thoroughly examined her and saw No problem with her or her ears except for the fact that she could No longer hear which he Confirmed. I informed him that we were just there a few days before and she had her ears cleaned and now she is Suddenly Deaf. I asked him if it could be related. I was suspicious. I asked many questions. He explained she isn't "Suddenly Deaf" it just seems that way. it would have been a progression that just finally turned to her losing her hearing or it could be attributed to her age. I understood what he was saying but STRONGLY disagreed. We eventually reached a road block because he kept Failing to understand my concern and insisted it was not sudden. I KNOW MY DOG. I know the other day she could hear EVERYTHING and now she hears NOTHING. NO Exceptions.
At a loss, i went home and started to do some research which led me here. I've read all the other posts above including the doctors responses. I fear this has happened to me too! Although we were NEVER prescribed any medication NOR were we treating any issues. It was just the Minimal in office "cleaning".

* Can I do anything to make it get better? I keep massaging her ears hoping it will do something.
* I saw an at home ear cleaning using part vinegar part water, could that help? I don't see how it could make it worse..? Is it ok if I try? I also saw one with part alcohol part water.. Thoughts?
* I will Do/Try ANYTHING!!!!

How can something that is supposed to be used on ears potentially cause Deafness?!? How is it even allowed on the market?!? That's INSANE. If I was informed that there was even the slightest one in a million chance I would NOT have taken that risk. But of course No one informs you of these things. Also who would think you could potentially be doing something dangerous by just doing what is considered to bebroutine good hygiene. And by a professional too!?

I'm disheartened, Our vet has been a Dr for 30+ years and ours for over 20 of that. He is smart and we've always put our faith in him and his knowledge. He had to have known that the cleaning was the result of her sudden deafness. I Don't see how he Couldn't or Wouldn't know this type of information given his experience. I'm certain. I feel I've been lied to. I feel he was intentionally making excuses and that's why he wasn't taking me seriously. Protecting himself.

PLEASE HELP. I am DEVASTATED. I am Physically and Mentally ill over it. I am Beside myself. Not only does this issue now make our every day life a real challenge and safety concern. But as her Mother it is HEARTBREAKING to not have your Baby be able to hear you anymore. She can't hear me tell her how much I love her. What a good girl she is. Ask her for her never ending kisses and all the other things she understood that we did on a daily basis that now trigger No response.
Any true pet parent can relate to this whether you're going through a similar experience or not

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I am sorry that you are having this experience with Annabelle. In reading your question, I am also at a loss as to what might have caused her hearing loss, especially since it doesn't seem that any medications were put into her ears that may have caused any kinds of side effects. Ear cleaning is a very common and widely practiced service, and most dogs do need to have that waxy buildup removed every once in a while. I am sure that your veterinarian is not being malicious or making excuses, and if you have trusted him for 20 years, I hope that you are able to continue to do so. My only thought is that the cleaning may have irritated an aging ear canal, and that as the inflammation comes down, she will regain her hearing again. I think in this case, you will need to watch her, give her lots of physical attention and know that if she cannot hear, dogs adapt very quickly to that with other senses, and she will be okay.

The company who manufactured the medication said to try flushing her ears. I am going to try a holistic vet. How old is your dog> They stated that the hearing loss happens in older dogs. Apparently if there is a slight tear or opening in the ear, the liquid can get into the hearing (I don't know the exact language to use) and damage hearing. That is why it doesn't matter if you clean one ear or two. Good luck. Prayers for your dog!

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