Mommy took me to the vet yesfurday to have my hearing checked. I've been sleeping furry soundly lately, not waking up when the mail comes or when daddy comes home. And I get startled if someone wakes me up, or pets me when I didn't see them coming. I didn't even move when mommy called "Din-din!!" So she and daddy thought something was up.
So the vet looked in my ears, and he didn't see any infection or wax or
anything. Then he gave me a hearing test, and I flunked! I didn't hear
anything. The vet called it "auditory nerve atrophy," but that's just a
two-dollar way of saying I've gone deaf, or almost deaf. He said I'm
about a year and a half early, because I'm only ten and a half. Usually
he sees this starting in 12-year-olds.
My brofur Winkie is deaf, too. He came to us that way. So mommy and
daddy pretty much know what to expect. My nosey still works as well as
it evfur did, so I always know if anything really important is going on
around me! The biggest difference will be that I can't go off-leash
anymore, except in a fenced dog park. That's because I wouldn't hear
daddy calling me back if I take off--which I like to do!
So it isn't the end of the world. But if I was going to lose something, I'd rather have lost my itchies!