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      Fran can hear these sounds.

      Fran is pretty much completely deaf. We thought she was profoundly deaf but at some point I crushed a water bottle and she woke up and ran out of the room. So that's a no go for getting her attention in a positive way.

      But then I got sick for a few days. You know that really harsh cough that you get when there's all that stuff in your chest? Fran can hear that. She would wake up and whip her head around to look at me.

      Now that's how I "call" her. Unfortunately, it makes my throat hurt. I need to keep experimenting. Maybe get a cow bell or something.

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      How about when you just clap your hands really hard?
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      How about a training clicker? Would that be loud enough?

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      One of those party blowers that uncurl when you blow on them and give a wheezy kind of bleat? At least you'd feel festive calling her!

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      I wonder if she's feeling the vibrations rather than hear the sound??

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      I used an ultrasonic dog deterrent we got for bicycling. It's basically a very high pitched (silent to you) whistle that is painful to a dog's ears. A probelm is you don't want to use it near your dogs with normal hearing. Or your cat. I used it to call a cat in from her outside toilet when she got quite deaf.

      We used vibration by stomping on the floor.

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      I wonder more if it is the low pitched sounds she is hearing. Although we can not tell in dogs but humans as they age loose a higher pitch. I forget all the number and details but like a 10 year old can hear sounds a 20 year old cant. A 20 year old can hear sounds a 30 year old can't, and so on. It is a natural progressions of getting older. Like snowshoe said there is a teenager deterrent as well keep them from loitering. It is a sound only they can hear where older people can not.

      Anyway the sounds you are describing are sudden deeper rougher sounds. Anyway what made me think of this was yesterday I was talking to my 80+ year old neighbor and I heard sirens a long way away. I mentioned it to her and she couldn't hear them. However I have never known her to be hard of hearing.

      A good video on this
      How Old Are Your Ears? (Hearing Test) - YouTube

      From an article Most people over 18 cant hear these sounds | MNN - Mother Nature Network

      According to those I have the hearing of a 30 year old which I am much older. Surprising too as I think I have mentioned before I used to play in a band, live on stage, a great many of concerts etc.

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      there is a teenager deterrent as well keep them from loitering.
      LOL, you mean you think Fran might be able to hear opera but not other sounds? No kidding, that's what some people play as a teenager deterrent. Or some mouldy/oldie music.

      I know what you mean.

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      Quote Originally Posted by SunDance View Post
      How about when you just clap your hands really hard?
      No. That's how she was diagnosed in fact. The vet clapped his hands behind her repeatedly. Absolutely nothing.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Snowshoe View Post
      I used an ultrasonic dog deterrent we got for bicycling. It's basically a very high pitched (silent to you) whistle that is painful to a dog's ears. A probelm is you don't want to use it near your dogs with normal hearing. Or your cat. I used it to call a cat in from her outside toilet when she got quite deaf.

      We used vibration by stomping on the floor.
      We do that when we know where she is. I like being able to "call" her from another room though. She tends to sleep in very small spaces like under one of my husband's desks, both of which are difficult to get to so when I'm ready to give them dinner, coughing brings her in. It's really kind of funny.

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