SERVICE DOGS: Help For Hearing Impaired

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Service animals are for more than just companions for the blind. They’re also trained to help those who are hearing-impaired.

Dogs with International Hearing Dog incorporated are going to a program in northwest Iowa — to the Siouxland Center for Active Generations in Sioux City.

The pooches are trained to listen to sounds. Unlike a guide dog which is always by a person’s side, a hearing dog works independent of the person.

They provide huge benefits to the hearing impaired. The dogs investigate a sound and decide whether it is something they need to call the person’s attention to, by taking them to the source of the sound.

The hearing dogs are provided to the person in need for a one-time fee of $100 through International Hearing Dog Incorporated.