Deaf Equestrian Student Thrives Thanks to Her Hearing Dog

Deaf Equestrian Student Thrives Thanks to Her Hearing Dog

“It has given my parents so much comfort in allowing me to grow independently knowing Alvin is there by my side to protect me.’’

 

A deaf equine degree student in the UK is thriving in her work, thanks to her “superhero” hearing dog, Horse & Hound magazine reports.

Alvin the cocker spaniel joined 20-year-old Trinity Rogers at Myerscough College last month and supports Trinity in daily life and at college.

“I am profoundly deaf in both ears, and grew up with hearing aids, before having cochlear implants when I was about 13,” Trinity said. “I have a language processing disorder which basically makes it harder to remember instructions and information.

“I found out about Hearing Dogs for Deaf People a few years ago and I knew I would need one. I had to wait until I was 16 before I could apply, and it takes a long time to be matched, but I finally met Alvin last September and agreed to take him as my dog.”

It was hard journey at first, Trinity said, because her family had never had a dog before, “so we had to build that relationship.”

“Now, we can finally work together at ease, and although Alvin can decide to be cheeky, I love him to bits. He’s my best friend and my superhero. It has made my life so much easier, as it makes people aware of my deafness, so they do their best to take their time and support me. It has given my parents so much comfort in allowing me to grow independently knowing Alvin is there by my side to protect me.’’

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