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Deafness in Dogs and Cats

Deafness in Dogs and Cats

By G Strain, Louisiana State University, USA

October 2011 / Hardback / 160 Pages / 9781845937645 £75.00 / €100.00 / $145.00
With 10% online discount: £67.50 / €90.00 / $130.50
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October 2011 / Paperback / 160 Pages / 9781845939373 £35.00 / €45.00 / $70.00
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Main Description

Deafness in pets is a very common problem and is increasingly being presented to veterinarians, as owners and breeders become more aware and concerned about such issues. This book provides complete coverage of the subject describing the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, types of deafness, testing for deafness, methods of amelioration and management, behaviour of deaf animals, and other issues associated with living and dealing with deaf pets.


An informative volume Providing a thorough review of the latest research into deafness in dogs and cats

1. Anatomy of the Auditory System

Anatomy of the External Ear

Anatomy of the Middle Ear

Anatomy of the Inner Ear

Development of the Ear

Blood Supply of the Ear

Innervation of the Ear

2. Physiology of the Auditory System


Divisions of the Ear

Sound Localization

Central Projections

3. Forms and Mechanisms of Deafness

Unilateral versus Bilateral Deafness

Partial versus Total Deafness

Syndromic versus Non-syndromic Deafness

Peripheral versus Central Deafness

Forms of Peripheral Deafness

Other Forms of Hearing Disturbance

Treatment of Deafness

4. Hereditary Deafness



5. Later Onset Deafness



Noise Trauma

Anesthesia-associated Deafness

Conduction Deafness

6. Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)

Biophysics of BAER Recordings

Overview of the BAER

Extrinsic Factors Affecting the BAER

Intrinsic Factors Affecting the BAER

Clinical Applications of the BAER

7. Other Tests of Auditory Function

Endocochlear Potential

Cochlear Microphonic and Summating Potential


Acoustic Impedance, Tympanometry and the Acoustic Reflex

Middle- and Long-latency-evoked Responses

Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions

Saccule- and Vestibular-evoked Myogenic Potentials

8. Living with a Deaf Dog or Cat

Behavior of Deaf Animals

Hand Signal Training

Counseling For Owners/Breeders of Deaf Animals
A great resource for all members of the veterinary profession as well as for pet owners… a well-organized and useful contribution to the veterinary literature. Vet Med Today , Vol. 240 (12), 2012

"this book is essential for both the practice library and the clinic waiting room." – Susan F Sommerlad, Australian Veterinary Journal