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Can you hear me now?

Posted by laurie on January 17, 2012

This is very puzzling, but Sherman isn’t always deaf. Lately I have noticed him react to Stanley’s barking, even in another room. But yet, you can walk up to him (while he’s awake but turned away) and scream his name to no avail. Phillip thinks he is selectively processing auditory input, I think it’s something in the air. Indeed, it’s a mystery.

15 Responses to “Can you hear me now?”

  1. Susan in DE said

    There could be certain vibrations from Stan’s barking that Sherm doesn’t exactly “hear” but still picks up. I know I hear hound baying much more clearly than Rob calling me ….

  2. Luana, Cody, and Henry said

    Stanley and Shermie appear to be very close, even though they are not littermates. Cody and Henry are very close, too, and this may cause an energy or emotional connection that has little or nothing to do with actually hearing. (Just my opinion . . .)

  3. Joan said

    Ah the mysterious mind of the beagle.

  4. Karen S. said

    That’s an interesting observation. My Daisy Mae is like that. Perhaps they are able to pick up only certain low frequencies.

  5. Karen S. said

    Actually, now that I have thought a bit about this, I’m with Phillip’s assessment (if I have understood it correctly): Sherman is probably in some sense aware of vibrations in the air but his brain is simply unable to translate most of them into sounds. Poor little guy! He’s still a little love bug.

  6. Cobalt & Onyx's mom said

    I don’t know about the hearing, but I am totally in love with the expressions on both boys’ faces in this picture!

  7. Donna, Oscar & Spencer said

    Does Sherman have Male Refrigerator Blindness too?

  8. Darlene Main said

    Petey is mostly deaf and the same thing happens at our house. I think it is the pitch or the tone of the bark, which is different than the pitch and tone of the human voice.

  9. Susan in DE said

    Frequencies can definitely be an issue. A friend of mine in his 50’s had his wife complaining to him that she was sure he had hearing problems because he didn’t respond to her. She finally convinced him to get a hearing test, and it turns out he does have a hard time hearing frequencies that most female voices fall into, but everything else was relatively okay. So indeed he is somewhat deaf to his wife’s voice …. he thought that was pretty funny.

    Maybe you can take Sherm in for a hearing test. :->

  10. Gretchen L. said

    Our little girl Midgie is blind. She can run around the yard chasing Booger without bumping into things, but she can’t find her toy that we can put in front of her. Good figure.

  11. Scott and Scout said

    My beagle-mutt has superb hearing. He can be upstairs “sleeping” and if I just crinkle some food wrapping – like open some chips – he comes running. Of course the microwave beep-beep must sound like the Liberty Bell to him. Dogs are so funny……

  12. Gunner and Bailey's Mom Anne said

    I’d add this photo to the possible calendar for 2013 file! Very very cute.

  13. Cheryl Maddox said

    My experience is that all hounds have “selective” hearing. But the rustle of the bread bag ALWAYS make it through!

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