Hearing Loss In Animals

Hearing loss doesn’t discriminate. It can affect anyone. It impacts every age, gender and ethnicity. It also occurs in animals such as cats, dogs and horses.

More than 30 breeds of dogs have a known susceptibility for deafness, including:

    • Australian Shepherd
    • Boston Terrier
    • Cocker Spaniel
    • Dalmatian
    • German Shepherd
    • Jack Russell Terrier
    • Maltese
    • Toy and Miniature Poodle
    • West Highland White Terrier


Deafness is linked to white coat color in both dogs and cats. Coat color and the color of the back of the eye are both caused by pigment-producing cells, known as “melanocytes”.

If the genes to produce these cells are absent, a white coat and blue eyes are the consequence. If an animal has no pigment in its body, it’s likely that it will also be deficient in the specialized “hearing” cells, resulting in deafness.


Joanne F. Dillon, M.S., CCC-A, FAAA and her Great Dane


Established in October of 2008, New River Valley Hearing, Inc. seeks to provide the best hearing healthcare possible and improve our patients’ quality of life. Our mission is to provide excellent customer service, quality reputable products, and the best trained audiological professionals. We are able to provide excellent customer service by holding the patient paramount in all respects. We offer professional and personalized services to patients ranging from infants to seniors. These services range from basic hearing tests to sophisticated computerized evaluations.



Joanne has clinical experience obtained over fifteen years in diagnostic evaluations for hearing and vestibular (balance) disorders, fitting and treatment of hearing loss, and hearing loss prevention and protection.

She has gained experience with every age patient in hospitals, ENT physician clinics, university clinics, audiology clinics, military air wing bases and aircraft carriers, assisted living and nursing homes.

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