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Driving can be stressful or relaxing, depending on your mood. Of course, it also depends on your abilities. Here we provide tips for safe driving with hearing loss.
Get Your Hearing Tested
First and foremost, it is important to see treatment with an audiologist. There are a lot of people who are not going to use their hearing aids because of the outdated cultural stigmas surrounding them. They can also be distracting to a person who is not used to wearing them.
However, the good news is that hearing aid technology has changed a lot over the years. Therefore, they might be a little bit of a learning curve when it comes to the hearing aids.
The second tip is to make sure that you have your vision checked out. Since you are going to have a loss of hearing, then you are going to have a sense that has been taken away from you. This means that the other senses will have to make up for it. The vision is one of the most important senses when you are driving a car. Therefore, if you know that this sense is going away, then you will need to make sure that your vision is a sharp as possible while you are driving out on the road.
The third tip is to expand your fields of view. This is because you are going to be relying more on your eyes, you want to be able to take in all of the visual information that you can. This might mean that you are going to need to get a wide-angle rearview mirror that you can clip on. This is going to help you to see more of your surroundings along with being able to process all of these surroundings better. There are some states that will require a driver who has reported an impairment to have a large rearview mirror.
The fourth tip is to reduce the amount of noise that is around you. The less distractions that you have when you are driving, the harder it will be to pick up some of the sounds that you need to hear while you are driving. It is a good idea to keep the windows of your vehicle closed and the volume of the radio needs to be low. This is the best way to make sure that you will be able to concentrate on all of the noises that can happen when you drive.
The fifth tip is to make sure that you are minimizing the amount of distractions that you will have while you are driving. This is something that is important for everyone even if they don’t have any problems trying to hear. But it is going to be even more important when you are experiencing a hearing loss. Therefore, you will need to keep the use of your phone at a minimum. If you absolutely need to talk to a person while you are driving, then the hearing aid will need to have Bluetooth technology that will make the call safer.
The sixth tip is to make sure that your navigation tool is going to be easy to follow. It is very common for people to rely on their GPS navigation. With the Bluetooth technology the aid, you will be able to sync your device so that the directions to your destination will be easier to hear. You can use a dashboard holder so that you can see it without having to look down at it. It might also be a good idea to have a heads-up display that can project the directions on your windshield in your line of sight.
The seventh tip is that you will need to keep an eye out for newest technology for your car. When you are experiencing a loss of hearing, you are going to want any type of technology that it is going to help you to hear what is going on around you better. Some of the newest technology is a steering wheel or seat that vibrations when there is an emergency vehicle that is approaching your car. This is something that you are definitely going to want to know about if you cannot hear the emergency sirens yourself.
If you’ve noticed changes in your hearing and struggle with daily tasks, such as driving, contact us today. We provide comprehensive hearing health services and we’re here to help!