September 2, 2015
Ota Takuma (center) receives a letter of
presentation with the hearing dog.
The presentation of a hearing dog to a deaf person was held at Matsuyama-shi, Ehime in western Japan on September 1.
The two-year-old toy poodle named Bell was presented to Ota Takuma, 33, an Ehime University staff, by the prefecture. An offer of hearing dog by the prefecture is the first time.
Ota lost hearing due to meningitis when he was 9 months old. He had an experienced with the fire at a hotel, unaware of sirens, while studying in the U.S. The fire accident made him decide to get a hearing dog for himself.
He and Bell passed the final test after over a year of training.