International Hearing Dogs mission is to empower individuals who are Deaf and hard of hearing by purposefully training specially selected dogs to alert to sounds, carefully matching these dogs with handlers who are deaf and hard of hearing and supporting the paired teams throughout the lifetime of the match.
The IHDI team is committed to being a true advocate in the community for those we serve while providing our teams with lifetime support, continuously striving to bridge the gap between the Deaf and hard of hearing community.
Silence. It is what many seek… peace and quiet… far away from the noisy world. But imagine what it is like for nearly 48 million Americans, more than 10 percent of the population, who experience hearing loss. Often it is frustrating. More often, it is lonely. Many times it can be dangerous.
Consequences of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss of any degree affects every area of a person’s life, from education to employment to personal relationships.
- Deaf parents may stress over not hearing their children cry;
- Seniors risk their independence when hearing loss causes them to miss sounds of danger;
- Young adults are fearful of living on their own for the first time because they can’t hear the alarm clock, the phone, doorbell, and emergency sounds.
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 nor help in all cases, such as heavy sleeping.
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 the most successful way to bring persons with hearing loss comfort, safety, and independence? Hearing Dogs.