People depend on their ability to hear in a number of situations, making it challenging to carry out some basic tasks if your hearing is damaged. Driving a vehicle is one area that can cause problems for many people affected by impaired hearing. Fortunately, just because you have difficulty hearing doesn’t mean that safe driving isn’t possible. Follow some simple driving tips and you can drive perfectly safely.
- Eliminate distractions: Your vision becomes extremely important when driving with hearing problems. Therefore, you can put yourself (and your passengers) in danger if distractions such as electronic devices or food draw your eyes away from the road. Similarly, listening to the radio can make it even more difficult to hear sirens, horns, and other important traffic cues. Get rid of any influences that get between you and the road to make sure you aren’t missing crucial information.
- Be mindful of your hearing aid: If you have a hearing aid make sure that you don’t drive without it. Be mindful of how your car’s atmosphere can influence your hearing aid’s functionality. Don’t be afraid to switch on the AC rather than driving with the windows open. The draft caused by rushing wind can reduce your hearing aid’s effectiveness, potentially putting you at risk.
- Keep up with car maintenance: If your engine is generating a strange sound there is probably something wrong with it. If you aren’t able to hear when something is wrong with your engine you run the risk of driving an unsafe vehicle. Keep regular maintenance appointments with your garage or dealership to make sure your car stays in optimum condition.
- Don’t drive if you are not comfortable: If you are not at ease driving with hearing loss, the don’t! Take advantage of public transportation or other driving alternatives. You are more likely to make dangerous mistakes if you drive while stressed, so only drive when you feel confident and safe.
Hearing loss doesn’t have to keep you from driving if your doctor approves. Stay safe and enjoy the open road.