Hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process; it inevitably happens to all mammals. Geriatric nerve degeneration in the cochlea is a natural process for dogs as young as 7-8 years of age. They often first begin to lose the middle to high pitch frequencies–think a whistle or a child’s squeal–with the rest of the frequencies following suit. It’s why most senior dogs don’t have the same tolerance for noise they did in their youth. The constant surprise and stress of noise registering differently begins to take its toll on the immune system of a senior dog, and a very natural reaction is to self-limit the amount of auditory or visual stimulation coming into the system. That is why senior dogs will often shut down in overstimulating sound environments, wander away, spook at normal noises, and pace restlessly.
Hearing loss is inevitable, but the stress of that loss doesn’t have to be.
The music of Elderly Canine is the first therapeutic music program for senior dogs that was specifically created to moderate the effects and pitches of sound that trouble them, and to focus entirely on the frequencies that calm. The higher frequencies of the pre-arranged piano music have been removed, so as not to arouse a senior dog’s nervous system. Additionally, significant frequency modulation takes place in the mid- and low-frequency range: the areas with the greatest relaxing impact. Essentially, by reducing or boosting the dosage of specific nutrients of sound, assimilation is made easier for a stressed or weakened senior dog. The music of Elderly Canine works to soothe their overstimulated and overburdened nervous system by using sound to communicate calmness.