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Driving Safely When Hearing Impaired

Saturday, November 11, 2017 8:30:51 AM Australia/Melbourne

Driving Safely When Hearing ImpairedThe world over, driving safety laws are becoming more robust and more enhanced. 2017 alone has shown the largest spike in traffic accidents, ever. This is partially due to a revolution of technology innovations – it seems like a new iPhone is introduced on a daily basis. These new gadgets make our lives easier in a lot of ways, in fact audiology has benefited greatly through recent research. They can also be hugely detrimental to many aspects of our lives, including human interaction and general safety. Too many drivers are turning to their cell phones while in transit, putting themselves and their passengers in danger. Hearlink is hugely opposed to using any technological gadgets while driving. Put them away and keep your eyes on the road. But safety does not stop there. That’s why today, we’re discussing tips for driving safely, especially if you’re hearing impaired.

 

Minimize distractions in the vicinity

 

If your hearing is 100%, you need to lean even more heavily on your other senses like sight and touch. Beyond playing with you cell phone, even eating, checking your makeup or hair are not a good idea. When you avert your eyes from the road, you lose focus of the task at hand and driving safely becomes secondary. The cues that you need from the road ahead aren’t just visual, but if you’re hearing impaired, those become the priority.

 

Maintain your car’s upkeep on a regular basis

 

You know those pesky reminders that you receive from your car dealer or dealership? Ignoring them can cost you far more than you think. As you may have guessed, putting Band-Aid fixes on broken machinery can end up being way more expensive in the long run. But there is another side-effect that many are not aware of. That noise that you’ve been hearing for weeks now? Not only is it probably due to something faulty with the vehicle, it can actually be deterring you from environmental noise that could save your life. Bonus points? Oh yeah, your car will be much safer with regular upkeep.

 

Double check your hearing aid before you jump in the car

 

Your hearing aid plays a crucial role in safe driving. It needs to be properly charged, programmed correctly, and even more basic- on. You’d be surprised at the number of accidents caused simply because a hearing aid was turned off and the driver missed an important cue from someone else that was sharing the road at the time. That’s one part of it. But your car’s settings are also important. If your car is too warm and you open the window, the wind outside can deter from what you’re trying to hear. Instead, make sure that the climate settings are optimally adjusted, so that you’re not at risk for any harm.

 

Make sure that you feel comfortable for your journey ahead

 

The gut instinct is very important here. Base level? If you’re impaired, don’t even think about driving. It’s never worth it. Call a friend, use public transportation but never put yourself behind the wheel if your mind is not clear. Weather is also a factor here. If you do not feel comfortable driving in inclement weather, you should make alternative arrangements. Your hearing will be impacted because you may be focused on factors that you can’t control. While we know that it’s not always possible to change your plans, it’s worth doing your homework in advance so that you feel safe.

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Hearlink Admin