Hearing Impairment and Driving Safety

Navigating through the world with hearing loss can be challenging at times, particularly when you need to rely on your hearing for safety. Many people with hearing problems find that driving can become a challenge. Fortunately, just because you have difficulty hearing does not mean that safe driving isn’t possible. Follow some simple driving tips and you can drive perfectly safely.

  1. Eliminate distractions: Your eyesight becomes very important when driving a car with hearing loss. Distractions that take your eyes off the road, such as food or electronic devices, can avert your eyes and put you and your passengers in danger. Similarly, listening to the radio can make it even more difficult to hear sirens, horns, and other important traffic cues. By cutting out these distractions while you’re behind the wheel you can make sure you’re taking in all the information you need.
  2. Be mindful of your hearing aid: If you have a hearing aid make sure that you don’t drive without it. It’s also important to make sure your car’s environment is conducive to proper hearing aid functioning. Rely on your car’s climate control system to maintain a comfortable temperature rather than opening the windows. The draft caused by rushing wind can reduce your hearing aid’s effectiveness, potentially putting you at risk.
  3. Keep your car in good shape: Abnormal noises are a typical warning sign that something isn’t quite right with your automobile. However, if you can’t pick up on audio clues that something is wrong with your vehicle you may end up driving an unsafe car. Keep regular maintenance appointments with your garage or dealership to make sure your car stays in optimum condition.
  4. Don’t drive if you are not comfortable: If your hearing loss makes you feel uncomfortable while driving a car it’s best to avoid it. There are many alternatives to owning an automobile, including public transportation. 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.