Ursidae: The Undergraduate Research Journal at the University of Northern Colorado

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Kathryn Bright


This research study was designed to explore dog owners’ views on how often they expose their dogs to loud noises and whether or not the owners believe noise exposure affects their dogs’ hearing. Many humans are not aware that dogs, too, can suffer from hearing loss. To determine dog owners’ perceptions of the amount of noise exposure their dogs face and if their hearing is affected as a result, I created a survey for dog owners in Colorado. The results indicated that many dog owners do not believe they expose their dogs to loud noises. A majority of individuals were aware that noise exposure is harmful for their dog(s), but very few were interested in protecting their dogs’ hearing. It is not realistic to protect dogs from all loud noises, but informing owners and limiting consistent noise exposure is what will protects a dog’s hearing.

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