What are the impacts of deafness?

How do hearing dogs help deaf people?

Imagine you are deaf. You can’t hear your alarm clock. You can’t hear your text messages. You miss out on social interactions. That’s what life is like for deaf people, and it can be very isolating. A hearing dog can make a big difference. Watch Anne and Tegan's story to see how hearing dogs change lives.

Hearing dogs alert deaf people to important sounds

A big part of a hearing dog’s job is to alert their deaf recipient to sounds they would otherwise miss. Simple sounds we take for granted like the doorbell, alarm clock and even danger signals like the fire alarm. Being aware of these – thanks to a hearing dog – makes a real difference in deaf people’s lives. Watch these short videos to see some of the sounds our hearing dogs alert to.

<p>Have you ever stayed at home waiting for a delivery? Or waiting for someone to pop round? Imagine how frustrating it must be when you cannot hear the doorbell or a knock at your door. See below how a hearing dog alerts to a doorbell.</p>

They help deaf people leave loneliness behind

Our clever hearing dogs don’t just alert their recipients to important sounds. Equally as importantly, they provide emotional support. Through the constant companionship of a fluffy friend, they give deaf people confidence to reconnect with their family, friends and community, and embrace the life they want to lead. Find out how much of a difference a hearing dog can make to someone’s life.

Our progress

We have matched thousands of our adorable hearing dogs with deaf people since we were launched at Crufts in 1982. Take a look at some of our achievements.


Hearing dog partnerships created since 1982


Total number of hearing dogs helping deaf people


Total number of child partnerships


Hearing dogs trained last year

Statistics from our Annual Review.

How you can help

We receive no government funding. So, we can only help deaf people thanks to our loyal supporters who give money, time and effort to help us create incredible hearing dogs.