The Hearing Assessment Clinic is one of the leading independent veterinary hearing test centres in the United Kingdom.

The clinic provides detailed hearing test and analysis services for dogs and cats of all breeds, using the Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) technique. Data analysis is performed using advanced computer equipment.

The clinic was established in 1993 by specialist Ear, Nose and Throat veterinary surgeon Celia Cox, who has passed on her knowledge and equipment to Kate McMorris B.Vet.Med., Cert V Ophthal, at Seadown Veterinary Group.

Seadown Veterinary Group also includes Ian Mason M.A,. Cert.V.Ophthal, who performs eye testing under the BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme.

Who Benefits from Testing?

Breeders, Pet Owners, Trainers - By determining the location and severity of the hearing disorder, medical or surgical treatment may be used effectively to restore hearing, or an appropriate management plan employed... Read More

Dog Hearing Tests Benefits

Breeders
Breeders can significantly reduce the number of dogs and cats born deaf by only using dogs and cats who have passed the BAER test. This enhances their status and in turn, their revenue.

Pet Owners
Knowing that their dog has a hearing loss is important, as owners can utilise different techniques e.g. exaggerated body language, sign signals etc to communicate and train their pet. They can also take necessary precautions to prevent their dogs causing traffic accidents.

Trainers
need working dogs with "normal" hearing so that they can perform their work effectively. If tested prior to training, those affected can be removed from the training program, saving the trainer time, money and stress. By determining the location and severity of the hearing disorder, medical or surgical treatment may be used effectively to restore hearing, or an appropriate management plan employed.

What do the Results Indicate?

The BAER test can tell you if your dog or cat has hearing loss, which ear is affected, the location and the severity of the disorder. From this information, either treatment can be performed to cure or improve the hearing loss, or advice given regarding training and management... Read More

This dog has normal BAER traces in both ears:

This dog has normal hearing in his left ear but is deaf in its right ear:

Which Breeds are Effected?

Dog Breeds with Hearing Issues

Over 60 breeds of dogs and cats have recognised hearing problems. Some breeds are more at risk than others. These include the Dalmatian (21%) , English Setter, Border Collie Bull Terrier, Australian Cattle Dog and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Dogs with a white coat colour with blue eyes are more likely to be deaf. A dog may be born deaf (congenital deafness), or it develop a hearing loss in later life (acquired deafness). Some types of deafness are hereditary ie. passed on from one generation to another.

Dogs and cats with severe hearing loss do not respond to loud noises, or owners' calling. They may be difficult to train and some with partial deafness may have problems localising sounds.