"Since having Dram, I’ve felt like a different person"

Posted by Matt Sadler

Life-changing – this word is certainly true when you talk about Jen and her hearing dog Dram. 

Jen had always struggled with loneliness in her life. This was made much worse when she began losing her hearing.

Jen sitting on the floor, with her arm around cocker spaniel hearing dog Dram, who is sitting in front of her

She said: “When I began to lose my hearing when I was 28, I felt even more lonely and depressed. I was seeing a hearing therapist who was helping me to cope with this huge change in my life, and she suggested I should apply for a hearing dog – so I did.

“When I met Dram, we fell in love straight away. Since having him, I’ve felt like a different person. He is my help, my support, and keeps me company.

Cocker spaniel Dram looking at the camera with his tongue out“He has also given me so much confidence and makes me happy. I don’t feel lonely anymore.”

Jen’s Hearing Dogs partnership instructor Heather, who provides ongoing support and guidance to Jen noticed the profound difference Dram made to Jen from the very start, saying: “We have seen a wonderful change in Jen since having Dram. She is more confident and enjoying life! It’s great to see.

“Jen has said that during the Coronavirus lockdowns Dram has helped her a lot with company where she hasn’t been able to go and meet people, and also he gives her structure to her day and a reason to go out for walks and exercise.”

Jen sitting next to hearing dog Dram

Jen says that she never believed the difference a hearing dog would make to her life, saying: “Before having Dram the saying ‘a dog is a man’s best friend’ was just words – but it is so true for me and Dram.”

When the public sees the Hearing Dogs coat, they often want to meet the dog and ask questions. This is just one of the ways a hearing dog can help deaf people. Social barriers are broken down hearing dogs are great conversation starters.

Jen adds: “A lot of people talk to me now and I love telling them what Dram does for me, how important he is to me and about the Charity. Hearing dogs have an extra special way of finding their way into our hearts. They are so full of character and so clever.”

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Hi everyone, I'm Matt and I look after the Charity's social media, blog and e-newsletter.

I spend a lot of my day talking about our hearing dog superstars - it's a hard life!

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