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Hearing Dogs for Deaf people sets up in NZ

1998
A new scheme has begun, to train dogs to become hearing dogs for Deaf people, and also aims to have hearing dogs granted the same access rights as guide dogs for blind people.
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A new scheme has begun to train dogs to become hearing dogs for Deaf people, quite similar to guide dogs for Blind/vision impaired people. Johanna Brens came up with the idea herself, motivated by her hearing getting progressively worse, and wanting to have some safety for herself and others. She was inspired by researching a similar scheme in the UK.

Another aim of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is to get legislation passed that would grant hearing dogs the same access rights as guide dogs for blind people. Hannah Samuel discusses the challenges.

Joseph and Jennifer Su’a have a hearing dog, BJ, and now whenever there is a noise, BJ alerts his owners, such as a doorbell, smoke alarm, or any other noises. Jennifer mentions about BJ waking her up early one morning due to him hearing a noise outside.

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