People rely on their ability to hear in a number of situations, making it challenging to perform some basic tasks if your hearing is impaired. Driving a vehicle is one area that can cause problems for many people affected by impaired hearing. However, having hearing problems does not mean you have to give up your keys. Keep these safe driving tips in mind the next time you get behind the wheel.
- Keep your car in good shape: If your vehicle is generating a strange sound there is probably something wrong with it. 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.
- Don’t drive if you are not comfortable: If you are not comfortable driving a vehicle with hearing loss, don’t do it! There are many alternatives to owning an automobile, including public transportation. Driving while stressed or uncomfortable may make you more likely to make dangerous errors, so don’t get behind the wheel unless you are feeling safe and confident.
- Reduce distractions: Your vision becomes extremely 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. You’ll also find that it becomes more difficult to hear important traffic cues if you have the radio on while driving. Get rid of any influences that get between you and the road to make sure you aren’t missing crucial information.
- Drive with your hearing aid in mind: If your hearing is aided by a hearing aid, be sure to put it on any time you intend to drive. It’s also important to make sure your car’s environment is conducive to proper hearing aid functioning. Don’t be afraid to switch on the AC rather than driving with the windows open. Your hearing aid can become less effective if it is buffeted by a draft from an open window, impairing your hearing and putting you at risk.
Hearing loss doesn’t have to keep you from driving if your doctor approves. Stay safe and enjoy the open road.