A high-tech “hoodie” is being developed to protect the hearing of military working dogs, Stars and Stripes reports.
Like their human counterparts, canine soldiers are often exposed to loud noises.
The new Canine Auditory Protection System has been tested in recent helicopter operations. The Army is developing the system with biodefense and medical device company Zeteo Tech, and “found a significant reduction in short-term hearing loss” in military canines, the Army said.
“Even a short helicopter flight can affect a dog’s hearing, resulting in impaired performance and inability to hear the handler’s commands, which can hinder the mission,” said Army Research Office scientist Stephen Lee in a statement.
The system is made of lightweight acoustic absorption materials that block unwanted sounds and fits snugly around a dog’s head like a hoodie, and forms a seal around the ears.