Gompa :: Hearing Dog

Stan and Gompa

Stan and Gompa have been partners since 2006. Stan is profoundly deaf and wears a hearing aid.

Gompa came over from Finland with his mother, who is also a Hearing Dog. He was chosen because of his quick responses to noises and has been trained to alert Stan to sounds such as: the telephone, cooker timer, alarm clock, smoke alarm and doorbell. He will also alert Stan when someone wants him.

When any of the sounds go off, Gompa puts his paw on Stan and Stan asks “What is it?”. Gompa will then lead Stan to the source of the sound. However, if it is the smoke alarm, instead of leading Stan to the source, Gompa lies down, which means danger.