Vi­tal role played by hear­ing dogs

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

A HEAR­ING dog was the guest of hon­our at an Ash­ford shop to mark Deaf Aware­ness Week. The Hear­ing Com­pany in Park Mall is do­nat­ing £20 from ev­ery hear­ing aid sold dur­ing the week to the Hear­ing Dogs for Deaf Peo­ple char­ity. The train­ing of each dog costs thou­sands of pounds and the char­ity re­ceives no gov­ern­ment or lot­tery fund­ing. Last week peo­ple visit­ing the store were able to meet hear­ing dog Storm and learn about the role that hear­ing dogs play. Hear­ing dogs alert deaf peo­ple to spe­cific sounds both in the home, work­place, or pub­lic build­ings. Their work can help make life much more man­age­able and less iso­lated for the peo­ple they help.

He­len Brock­le­hurst and her hear­ing dog Storm with man­ager Stephen Casey of The Hear­ing Com­pany in Ash­ford

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