Resource Guide: HEARING EAR DOGS

Last Updated; December 6, 2023

A Hearing Ear Dog compensates for the missing sense of hearing much as a seeing eye dog does for blind people.  The dog is trained to recognize and alert his/her owner to vital sounds, such as the alarm clock, doorbell or door knock, telephone, smoke detector or a crying baby.  The dog also provides a sense of security and independence for the deaf or hard-of-hearing person.

Hearing Ear Dogs or Hearing Dogs are accepted in Maine with the same rights as Seeing Eye Dogs with access to transportation, stores, restaurants or any public building.

Canine Companions for Independence

Miller Family Campus
286 Middle Island Road
Medford, NY 11763
Chapter President Kelly Goss
(631) 561-0200 (V/TTY)
1-800-572-BARK (2275) (V)
(631) 561-0230 (FAX)
Website: Canine Companions for Independence

Northern New England Chapter
Kelly Goss, President
Puppy Raiser - BillyIV , Whitt, Douglas III
South Berwick, Maine

Dogs for Better Lives

10175 Wheeler Road
Central Point, OR 97502
(541) 826-9220 (V/TTY)
(541) 826-6696 (FAX)

Dogs for Better Lives rescues and professionally trains dogs to help people and enhance lives, maintaining a lifelong commitment to all dogs we rescue and all people we serve. These dogs are placed throughout the U.S. at no cost to the recipient.


PO Box 1100
Princeton, MA 01541
(978) 422-9064 (V/TTY)
(978) 422-3255 (FAX)
Website: NEADS World Class Service Dogs

NEADS has bred, raised, trained, and matched over 1,900 World Class Service Dogs since 1976. Our Service Dogs are matched with children and adults, including veterans, who are deaf or have a physical disability, veterans with PTSD, and children with autism or other developmental disabilities. NEADS Assistance Dogs are partnered with professionals in the classroom, ministry, hospital, and courthouse settings. NEADS is accredited by Assistance Dog International, the internationally recognized governing body that establishes industry standards and practices.