It doesn’t matter if you are a new driver, an experienced driver, or an older driver, you need to take lots of precautions for your safety and that of others on the road. Others may have misconceptions about your ability on the road, if you have hearing loss. However, people with hearing loss often drive more carefully than those without, according to a Swedish study. Even forward-thinking businesses want hearing-impaired drivers because they have belief in them. Below are four tips for drivers with hearing loss to help you become more vigilant on the road and even safer than the average normal hearing individual.
Many people try to multitask in the car, like with everything else these days. But it is a really dangerous idea to get distracted with other things in the car, whether or not you have hearing loss. Keep your eyes focused on the road, and look for sudden changes in others’ actions or in road conditions. In addition, please do not text while driving--it is not only deadly, it is also unlawful in many states.
Look for visual cues
In having hearing loss, you probably rely heavily on your vision for safe driving. Make sure you constantly look for traffic lights and road signs to make driving less difficult. Also, use your rear-view and side mirrors often. Visual cues are your friends when you have hearing loss.
Block out excessive noise
Listening to excessively loud music in the car is dangerous for anyone. Turn the music down. With hearing loss, it is even more difficult to concentrate with loud music playing. Your concentration is knocked out of whack with loud music, and any hearing you do have for driving is dampened. Also, keep up the windows up to block out road noises, like wind from driving on the highway. You need to be able to hear external alerts like ambulance sirens and honking horns.
Get checkups for your hearing aids and ears
To make sure everything is on target with your hearing aids and ears, get regular checkups. You are not a bad driver when you have hearing loss; you just need to make sure everything is in working order. For advice, a check on your hearing, or maintenance for your hearing aids, please contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids today.