Our Dogs at Work
Hearing dogs help people in their day to day lives, but they often perform much more important tasks.
Calling for help
Meniere’s disease, a rare condition sometimes causing total deafness, can also make its victims collapse and go into shock for up to four hours. Whenever this happens to Lyn, a Victorian recipient, her hearing dog Mac goes to the phone and knocks its receiver off the stand. Eight seconds later a device fitted to the phone sends an emergency call for an ambulance.
Ted was trained to alert his owner to an alarm that sounded when the stomach feeding tube of his owner’s foster daughter became blocked. This saved the girl’s life on a number of occasions.
Polly and her owner went to visit a friend who had just had a baby. Whilst there the baby was put down for a sleep and Polly’s owner and her friend sat down for a coffee. Whilst enjoying a chat Polly touched her owner and ran towards the baby’s room. She asked her friend, who was hearing, was there a sound that Polly was working. Her friend confirmed there was no sound. Polly again touched her owner and ran off so her owner followed her to the baby’s room where they saw that the baby had turned blue. They were able to resuscitate the baby and it recovered.
This story shows the great bond between dog and owner and how aware of the environment a Lions Hearing Dog is.