People depend on their ability to hear in numerous situations, making it difficult to carry out some common tasks if your hearing is damaged. Driving is one area that can cause problems for many people affected by impaired hearing. However, having hearing problems does not mean you have to throw away your car keys. Follow some simple driving tips and you can drive perfectly safely.

  1. Keep your car in good shape: If your engine is generating a peculiar sound there is most likely 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. Stay up to date with routine maintenance to make sure your car is in proper condition.
  2. Don’t drive if you are not comfortable: If you’re not at ease driving with hearing loss, don’t do it! Take advantage of public transportation or other driving alternatives. You are more likely to make dangerous mistakes if you drive while stressed, so only drive when you feel confident and safe.
  3. Reduce distractions: Your eyesight becomes extremely important when driving a car with hearing problems. Therefore, you can put yourself (and your passengers) in danger if distractions such as electronic devices or food draw your eyes away from the road. 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.
  4. Drive with your hearing aid in mind: If you wear a hearing aid make sure that you don’t get behind the wheel without it. Be mindful of how your car’s atmosphere can influence your hearing aid’s functionality. 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.

As long as your doctor approves there is no reason for hearing loss to keep you from driving. Stay safe and enjoy the open road.