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Sound hound lends an ear

For hard-of-hearing South Arm resident Philip Malm every day tasks such as answering the phone and setting a timer for dinner can be difficult.

But the arrival of his new hearing assistance dog, Jenny, will provide the extra help and companionship he needs.

“Since finding out that getting a hearing assistance dog was a possibility it has been a long process and I am very grateful to everyone involved for making this a reality,” Mr Malm said.

“I used to have a cocker spaniel and we were very close. I am excited to form a similar connection with Jenny.

“There is so much for both of us to learn, for instance, Jenny has three types of leads and there are different rules we must follow when she is wearing her official orange jacket.

“It’s been so nice to have the trainers from the Australian Lions Hearing Dogs here to help us bond and it will be sad to see them go.”

Member Geoff Clow said the Lions Club of Sorell was committed to doing what it could to improve the lives of others in the community.

“We are very proud to be supporting a local resident, with the delivery of a trained Australian Lions Hearing Dog,” he said.

“We know Jenny will transform Philip’s life and we are sure the community will join us in welcoming this special four-legged friend.”

Chief executive officer David Horne said Australian Lions Hearing Dogs had been training and placing assistance dogs with deaf or hard of hearing people all around Australia since the 1980s.

“We are so proud of the impact we have had over the last 42-years in transforming the lives of more than 700 people,” he said.

“We’re on a mission to grow our organisation and meet increasing demand for assistance dogs within the community.

“Australian Lions Hearing Dogs is 100 per cent funded by donations and reliant support from many Lions Clubs and individuals around Australia.”

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About the Author: Simon Andrews

Simon is a passionate journalist and finds joy in uncovering and sharing locally resonant stories, immersing himself in the hearts of communities. He can often be spotted out and about sourcing grassroots news for the Hobart Observer and its sister papers.

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