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BAER Hearing Test

Deafness in Dogs

Any breed of dog can be born with deafness though some breeds have a hereditary deafness gene. Deafness is recognised as a problem in many dog breeds often that have a white coat but not exclusively. Such breeds include, but are not limited to:

  • Dalmatians
  • English Bull Terriers
  • English Setters
  • Border Collies
  • Australian Shepherds
  • White Boxers


What is BAER hearing test for dogs?

Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER), also known as Brainstem Evoked Potential (BSEP), testing is a hearing assessment that can be used to evaluate the hearing in dogs, cats and other domestic animals. Not only does the test measure hearing, but it can also be used to test brainstem functionality.


How long does a BAER test take?

Each ear is tested individually, and the test usually is complete in 15-20 minutes. Sedation or anaesthesia are usually not necessary if  the puppy/dog is calm, which can usually be managed with patient and gentle handling, as they need to stay still as each reading is taken.

At North Park we recommend the testing of puppies hearing at the 5 to 6 weeks old, though they can be tested at any age.


Book a BAER test

If you are interested in arranging a hearing test for your puppy or dog please get in touch:


In an emergency,

please call 01837 82327

Please respect this service – our vets and nurses work in the day as well as being on call. This is for genuine emergencies only.