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This is not unusual for an older dogs hearing to be the first to go due to wax build up or blocking of the nerve supply from inflammation. It is best to have your vet check Connor's ears, clean them thoroughly and check for any polyps or tumors that could be blocking the canal causing him to be near deaf. Luckily, dogs do well without hearing as long as you teach Connor hand signals. Take him to a specialist for these tests and treatments to be sure there is not anything anything more that can be done to reestablish sweet Connor's hearing.
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