Information on Deafness Prevalence, Causes, & Management For Owners, Breeders, and Researchers

George M. Strain, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience
Comparative Biomedical Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine
Louisiana State University







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Coming to LSU for BAER testing? If you are using mapping software our address is: 1909 Skip Bertman Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Some programs aren't up to date, so try South Stadium Drive instead (don't use MapQuest). We are at the intersection of River Road and Skip Bertman Drive. Go to the Small Animal Clinic to initiate your paperwork.

Directions to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine:

  • If coming from the east on I-10, exit at Acadian (Exit 157B) (Acadian becomes Stanford); stay to the left when it becomes a single lane and turn right onto Highland Road when it ends. After entering the camus gates, take the first left (Nicholson Extension) and turn right onto Nicholson Dr north. Turn left (west) on South Stadium Dr/Skip Bertman Dr at the football stadium.
  • If coming from the west on I-10, exit at Highland/Nicholson (Exit 155A) at the end of the Mississippi River bridge, and follow Nicholson Dr to Skip Bertman Dr; turn right (west).

Click here for more directions.



Auditory Transduction - YouTube - excellent animation

Sounds, Hearing, Hair Cells, and Deafness - Hearing Research Foundation

Journey Into the World of Heaing - Hearing Research Foundation (, extensive information for general audiences or students and professionals, in English, French, Spanish, or Portugese.

Dancing Hair Cell - YouTube - just for fun

Hair Cell Hip Hop - YouTube - just for fun

Publications and Presentations by George M. Strain

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The Deafness in Dogs & Cats home page was constructed by George M. Strain, to whom all comments should be addressed. The statements and opinions included
in this home page are those of the author only. Any statements and opinions included in these pages are not those of Louisiana State University or the LSU Board of Supervisors.


Date last modified: 9/18/2015.

The Strain laboratory is an example of how scientific studies can benefit the pet-owning public by addressing nervous sytem disorders, expanding our knowledge base,
generate new avenues of scientific inquiry and influencing how veterinarians think about the treatment strategies they offer to clients. For nearly 35 years at Louisiana
State University, we have been pursuing the line of research that examines congenital deafness and other neurologic disorders in dogs, cats, and other species. This has
been an enormous, fascinating, rewarding, and ongoing endeavor that would not be possible without external financial and philanthropic support. We invite you to consider
the Strain Lab as one of your top philanthropic priorities. Please contact George Strain at 225-578-9758 or to learn more about how a gift supporting our
understanding of deafness and reducing its impact can be made.

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