According tomedia reports, military personnel are often exposed to loud noises, such as when they are flying by helicopter. Although human soldiers usually wear hearing protection devices in this situation, military dogs are not always. So a new garment was designed to solve the problem.
It is worth mentioning that dog hearing protection wearables already exist, but they are often rigid and difficult to wear on military dogs. To address these limitations, the Canine Hearing Protection System (CAPS).
The project is funded by the U.S. Army and created by Maryland start-ups Zeteo Tech and Pete Scheifele. Dr. Scheifele is a retired Navy Lieutenant Commander and an expert in animal hearing at the University of Cincinnati’s FETCHLAB Research Center.
It is understood that this CAPS is essentially a soundproofed, elastic sleeve-like hat, soft and flexible enough to fit the dog’s head profile. When worn for the dog, it not only maximizes comfort but also minimizes noise by thoroughly sealing the ears.
CAPS headgear is extremely low-key and does not affect the work of military dogs in small spaces
For now, the equipment has been tested on military and law enforcement dogs. It is also understood that it can significantly reduce short-term hearing loss in dogs after flying. Dr Stephen Lee, senior scientist at the Army Research Office, said: “Even a short helicopter flight can affect a dog’s hearing and impair the dog’s performance, which can prevent it from hearing the instructions of the trainer, which can hinder the execution of the task.” “