At Hearing Dogs for Deaf People we appreciate that applying for a hearing dog can be a big step, especially if this is your first ever dog.
We are committed to providing the best service possible for our prospective and current recipients. As such, every application is considered on an individual basis.
To ensure that our waiting list reaches an acceptable time frame, we have a limit on how many applications we can accept each year. We open on a yearly basis in April to take registrations of interest for attending an information day. The information day is part of the application process to decide if a hearing dog is the right choice for you.
The next opportunity to register your interest in attending an information day will be Tuesday 1st October 2013. We will be taking telephone and e-mail enquiries from 9am. Please note available spaces will be limited and we anticipate a huge demand. Unfortunately we will not be able to take postal or fax enquiries.
Our information days are held at our centres in Buckinghamshire and Yorkshire
The current waiting time is around five years. Although testament to the truly life-changing benefits of increased independence, confidence and security that hearing dogs provide, we appreciate this is a long wait and we are working very hard to reduce this time. We are focussed on breeding and training more puppies in order to meet demand for our service.
During the waiting period, our expert team will be assessing audiology and medical reports, arranging for potential recipients to spend a few days at a Training Centre understanding more about becoming a recipient, assessing the home and work environments of potential recipients and staying in regular contact to ensure all information is up-to-date and readily offering support and advice. They also begin to look for the perfect match between recipient and hearing dog. This is a very detailed and individual process which takes into account the ability, temperament, confidence and characteristics of a dog alongside the lifestyle and needs of a potential recipient.
If you have been diagnosed as severely or profoundly deaf and would like to know more about applying for a hearing dog please read the rest of the pages in this section and contact us if you have any further questions. We are always happy to discuss the process with you at any time.
T: 01844 348111 (voice and minicom)
F: 01844 348101
The Grange, Wycombe Road, Saunderton, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire