CINCINNATI (AP) – Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are working on developing hearing protection for canines on the battlefield.

The head of the project tells WKRC-TV in Cincinnati that the goal is to prevent short-term hearing loss in military working dogs.

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The researchers have been testing different materials and designs while trying to find how to muffle high-decibel noise from explosions and gunfire.

The U.S. military contacted the University of Cincinnati about creating the special headgear because the school has a unique hearing clinic for animals.

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While the headgear is being tested and created for dogs in the military and law enforcement, researchers say they hope it could be available to all dog owners.

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Information from: WKRC-TV, http://www.wkrc.com

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