Sight may be the sense that you rely on most for driving, but hearing is important too.
You probably don’t realize how much you rely on your hearing while you are driving. Horns honking, emergency vehicles, indicator alarms within your own car – all of these are important when you are moving a vehicle down the road. Even your own car may be telling you that there are issues in the sounds it makes. But if you aren’t hearing well, you might miss them, and that can be dangerous.
If you follow these tips, you will be able to operate your motor vehicle safely and maintain your independence, even with hearing loss.
- If you have them, wear your hearing aids.
Hearing aids help you catch the most important sounds. If you don’t hear as well as you used to, driving is an important reason to make an appointment with a hearing care professional and determine what level of hearing loss you are experiencing.
If needed, a professional can fit you with hearing aids and get you back on the road in no time.
- Watch for visual cues.
As far as indicators in your vehicle go, they usually come in both audio and visual format. If a door is ajar, most cars will notify you with a beep, and also a light on your dash showing you an open door or trunk.
Same goes for a seat belt that hasn’t been buckled.
If you pay attention to your dash indicators, you won’t miss these cues.
Many newer cars also make a sound and flash a light when you are too close to an object or other traffic.
- Turn down the music.
It’s fine to play music in the car, but don’t play it at distracting levels. Loud music makes it ever easier to miss those external sounds, including sirens from emergency vehicles.
- Don’t drive distracted.
Text messages, online apps and even phone calls can wait. If you must reply to someone or read a message, pull over at the first available spot. reply and get safely back on the road when you are done.
Driving = Independence.
Hearing loss does not mean you have to lose a vital piece of your life just because you are experiencing hearing loss. Driving is often key to enjoying a thriving social and professional life.
Concerned about your hearing? Give us a call at 360-892-9367 and change your life.