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“My hearing dog is the jigsaw piece I was missing” – read Laura’s story

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28 year-old Laura Woods from Princes Risborough was born with normal hearing but lost it throughout her young life due to progressive sensorineural loss. By the time she was in her early 20s, she was profoundly deaf.

This transition was extremely difficult for Laura. She became severely anxious, emotional and isolated, and tried to conceal her deafness from the outside world. However, since she met her hearing dog Meg, Laura’s life has been totally transformed. Read her story below.
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Our Royal Patron HRH The Princess Royal visits our training centre

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We were honoured to welcome our Royal Patron to our Buckinghamshire training grounds for a very special event last month.

HRH The Princess Royal visited us for an afternoon of puppy-training demonstrations and to meet people who have had their lives transformed through the charity’s work.

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Happy Volunteers’ Week 2016

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Over 21 million people volunteer in the UK and our very own Hearing Dogs volunteers are counted in this impressive figure.

During national Volunteers’ Week (extended from 1 – 12 June this year!) we celebrate the impact made by our incredible volunteers whose contribution helps transform the lives of adults and children with severe and profound hearing loss.

From looking after puppies, dogs-in-training and retired hearing dogs, to helping in an office, driving, speaking and even tending to our gardens, volunteers are involved in every single aspect of our organisation. It’s something we’re very proud of.

We spoke to a few of our volunteers to find out why they love their role at Hearing Dogs.

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Who do these 12 sleepy hearing dog puppies remind you of?

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Welcome to another edition of Cute Corner!

It’s hard work being adorable. Lots of cuddles, fuss and exploring mean our pups love their down time.

Here are 12 cute future hearing dogs who definitely remind us of ourselves when we’re tired.

Enjoy!

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This month in puppy training: May 2016

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Take a sneak peek at the puppy training that has taken place at Hearing Dogs this month.

Our puppy socialising volunteers and dog trainers work really hard to make sure our puppies learn the necessary skills and behaviours that make a great hearing dog.

This month, our puppies learned about playing nicely, meeting new people and waiting patiently.
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Volunteers of the Month – May 2016: Sophie Biebuyck

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Whilst Sophie is a relatively new volunteer for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, she is one that has made a real impact both before and since being partnered with hearing dog Rusty.

Joining us in 2013, Sophie was already a successful fundraiser and event organiser so hit the ground running when she turned her focus to Hearing Dogs.
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“With hearing dog Clyde by my side, I never feel alone” – read Diana’s story

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Meet our May Partnership of the Month, Diana Reynolds and her hearing dog Clyde.

Diana Reynolds, 75, contracted double mastoid and meningitis when she was just eight years old, which caused her to start losing her hearing at a very young age. Since then her hearing has nearly deteriorated all together. When her husband John passed away suddenly 18 months ago, Diana’s hearing dog Clyde became her lifeline.
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9 cute hearing dog puppies who love Spring flowers

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Welcome to another edition of Cute Corner!

Isn’t 2016 flying by? It’s hard to believe summer is just around the corner already. We’re reluctant to say goodbye to spring as our dogs and cute pups love playing in and smelling all the gorgeous flowers. (As well as making the most of the puddles left by April showers!)

So in this month’s Cute Corner, we’ve taken a look back at our cute pups enjoying the spring flowers. Enjoy!

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From cuddly puppy to life-changing hearing dog – Indie’s story

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There is nothing more rewarding that seeing a sponsor puppy being transformed into a working hearing dog. Here’s Indie’s story.
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This month in training: April 2016

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Take a sneak peek at the puppy training that has taken place at Hearing Dogs this month.

Our puppy socialising volunteers and dog trainers work really hard to make sure our puppies learn the necessary skills and behaviours that make a great hearing dog.

This month, you can see hearing dog puppy Rocko practising his sound work, eight-week old Fraser exploring the garden and Buffy being introduced to the dreaded hoover…
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Volunteers of the Month – April 2016: Chris & Gill Hunt

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Hearing Dogs for Deaf People are so fortunate to have stalwarts of the volunteering family like Chris and Gill Hunt from Andover, Hampshire.

Involved with the Charity since 2004, they are a very committed, selfless couple who always take an active interest in what’s going on both in their local area and at our headquarters at The Grange in Buckinghamshire.
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Running the Olympic Way with Lord Sebastian Coe

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British running legend, politician and four time Olympic medallist Lord Sebastian Coe was once more in his running shoes recently, when he jogged into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to share his experience with a group of 10 invited running enthusiasts, including some of Hearing Dogs’ own fundraisers, who are in training for sponsored races this year. The event was organised as a prize at a charity awards evening which raised £50,000 for Hearing Dogs.

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Paws for Coffee with Angellica Bell

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Television presenter Angellica Bell is helping us with our ‘Let’s hear it’ Campaign, which aims to raise deaf awareness in schools. We sat down with her and had a chat about her career, her involvement with Hearing Dogs, and her experiences with dogs and deafness…

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10 various vine videos of sponsor puppy Victor

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It’s time for Cute Corner again!

This time we’re showing some extremely cute clips of our sponsor puppy Victor, who you can read all about – and support – in our sponsor puppy pages.

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