Our Pyr, Carter, has a pretty severe hearing loss. All of a sudden though I've noticed that he is starting to hear more. We got him along with Katie the Anatolian in early April last year. He was about 2 yrs old at that time so he is approaching 3 if the information we have is accurate. He was rescued and came through the pound so info is sketchy. He was holocaust survivor thin when he came and after a few months of trying to stuff food into him he was still incredibly thin registering 100 lb at the vet. We found out as time went on that stress was keeping him from eating. Katie kept attacking him and we eventually ended up separating them when she kept trying to kill him. All of a sudden he started eating where before I had to really work hard to get him to eat. We had Katie put to sleep about a month ago when we found out that NY's aggression laws would not really allow us to rehome her. Since then he seems to have relaxed even more. He now snuggles, allows me to brush him a lot more, and is generally just much more mellow. Not sure if it is an age thing or that with her gone he is really able to relax completely. Anyway, we tried to have his ears checked the first time he was at the vet but he was too wild to really get a look. I think we did get a check the second time when he was in to get his hips looked at. They didn't find anything to indicate a problem. He was put under to have his legs and hips checked and I can't remember if we had his ears checked again when he was under or not. I almost think not because we just figured he was deaf and that was it. His ears are as clean as any dogs I've ever seen. Kind of amazing since Carter himself seems to LOVE dirt. He's kind of like the Charlie Brown PigPen character. His lack of interest in brushing doesn't help. Anyway, I'm wondering if there could be an inner ear issue going on without any kind of signs in the outer ear. By looking into the ear canal can you see an inner ear infection? I'm completely clueless! I guess I'm wondering how to proceed. Is it worth another trip to the vet? Any other possibilities? How likely is it that his hearing will improve? Would a probiotic supplement help? Anything else? I'd like him to regain as much hearing as possible. It isn't a MAJOR issue but it would be nice to be able to get his attention. I dug an old whistle out of the attic today and he can hear that. He seems to hear higher pitched sounds better than lower pitched sounds. It really surprises him to hear though so not much has been getting through. It is nice to be able to have a way to get his attention other than visually. I'm hoping that as he hears it enough and connects it to mom that it will become a reliable way to get his attention. Side note - we picked up a whistle at a pet store last night thinking it was about $5 (couldn't find the price easily). Later I realized they had charged us $15!!!!!!! It took me about a half hour digging around the attic to find it but I know I only paid about $1 for the exact same whistle 20 yrs ago! The other is still in the package and will be going back!