BAER Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response
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What is BAER testing?
Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response - the machine will
play a range of tones and measure nerve responses from
the brain to determine if the dog is hearing or not hearing.
Will the test tell me how well my dog can hear?
The test can only determine if the dog can hear or not
hear, it can not report what tones the dog can hear or how
well it can hear. It can determine which ear is capable of
Why should I test my dog?
The test is a big benefit to breeding programs, to
determine which dogs are deaf in one or both ears so
they do not breed these dogs and pass on the deafness
gene to the puppies.
Pet dogs, especially older dogs, can be tested if an
owner is concerned their pet may have lost its hearing.
How much does the test cost? -
Show Pricing $65/dog Clinic pricing 75/dog Privet testing 125/dog
Tests meet all OFA requirements, including:
Two tests in each ear
Verification of microchip/tattoo ID
(Now required for results to be transmitted to the AKC)
A signed OFA application form
(Does NOT include OFA fees)
An extra copy of the test results for your records
Also included in the price:
A review of any questionable results by a BAER
Testing Fee is WAIVED on repeat tests on the same dog!
(Other fees may still apply)
What age can I test my dogs?
Puppies can be tested as young as 35 days.
What breeds should be tested?
80 of the 160 AKC recognized breeds have been
identified as carrying genes for congenital deafness.
Dapple, Merle, and White fur colors, as well as blue eyes
are characteristics often linked with deafness in one or
both ears. But congenital deafness has also been a
reported as a problem in many breeds including
Rottweiler, Labradors, and Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
What is involved in the testing?
Three needles are inserted under the skin the of dog, 1
below each ear and 1 on top of the head. Electrodes are
connected to the needles, and an ear piece is held in
each ear canal for approximately 1 minute. No shaving is
required but alcohol is placed on the pet at the location
where the needles will be inserted. Sedation is very
Where are you testing next?
Due to Covid restrictions and regulations there have not been dog shows
so we have been holding monthly clinics at our base location in Sheridan OR.
and hopefully back to the dog shows in 2022 you can check out our clinic
schedule on our FACEBOOK page, be sure to fallow us for updates.
What information do I need to bring with me?
For OFA certifiable results we need the owner's name,
dog's name, breed, and date of birth. For AKC to accept
results from the OFA we also need the dog's registration
number or litter registration number. AKC also requires
that the dog have a form of permanent identification;
either a microchip or tattoo.
For a microchip, the owners name, address, and phone
number are needed. Contact information for an alternate
contact is also recommended.