7 July 1999

Dog hearing research discussed at free public lecture

Pioneering work on hearing in dogs will be the subject of a University of Queensland Friends of the Vet School free public lecture on July 21 at the lower lecture theatre, Seddon Building, at 7.30pm.

University of Queensland and Royal Brisbane Hospital researchers Sue Sommerlad and Deborah Mackenzie used a procedure designed to improve hearing in adult humans for the first time in the world to regain hearing in human's best friend.

They fitted a six-year-old Golden labrador called Barney with a bone-anchored hearing aid, a device used by people unable to wear conventional hearing aids.

Ms Sommerlad and Ms Mackenzie are currently involved in applying this new technique to help small deaf children.

Barney will be a special guest at the free lecture.

Refreshments will be provided and funds raised from donations will go towards buying much needed equipment for the University's Small Animal Clinic.

For more information, contact: Bernadette Watson (07) 3366 4704 or Vicki Lomax (07) 3289 1382.