14, January 2020

Tips for Driving Safely with Hearing Loss (Part III)

Take care of your eyes regularly.

Depend on visual clues

Once distractions are reduced, you’ll have more time to focus on the information your ears are gathering along the way. Here’s how your eyes can assist you:

Like you do your hearing, get your eyes examined yearly and wear prescription eyewear when you drive. This is crucial for your safety on the road and those who share it with you.

Think about investing in a bigger rearview mirror. While these don’t eliminate blind spots, they might help reduce the need to look over your shoulder. These accessories are available online and come at a price from $15-$65. Some states, like New York, require drivers who wear a hearing aid or can’t pass the hearing test to have a full-view rearview mirror. Check with the Department of Motor Vehicles to see if the same restriction is in your state.

Look for flashing lights on oncoming vehicles and at railroad crossings. In the city, use building windows and other reflective surfaces to tell you of approaching emergency vehicles. Check your rearview mirror safely and often for vehicles coming from behind.

Where the rubber meets the road

Regardless if you hear well or have some degree of hearing loss, driving comes with plenty of responsibility. That means anytime you enhance your driving skills, you lessen the risk of being an accident statistic and help make our streets safer. Diminish distractions, depend on visual clues and, most of all, go to a hearing clinic near you who can assist you in hearing your best whether you’re driving or not. 

If you are pulled over by law enforcement while driving, you might wish to civilly inform them immediately that you have hearing loss and are wearing hearing aids so that they can more efficiently talk with you.