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I think it is really, REALLY important!!! While it is meant to pick up unilateral deafness, it will also, of course, pick up deafness in both ears. We have a forum member who purchased a puppy who was not BAER tested, after they had the puppy home and had bonded with it, it turned out that the pup is profoundly deaf in both ears. While they are committed to doing the best for this young dog, training a deaf dog is a real challenge. It's one thing to knowingly agree to raise a deaf puppy, it's another to think you are getting a normal puppy, only to find that that it can't hear you down the road.
Even with unilateral deafness, there is always a chance that the dog will, for some other reason, lose hearing in their one good ear. If you can make sure the pup has two good ears to start with, you have a "spare" so to speak. I know this from my own son. He had a virus as a child that left him partially deaf in one ear. (nerve damage) Because his other ear is fine, this has never caused him much of a problem. But if he didn't have one good ear left, he would have a very hard time.
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