How much do you rely on your hearing while driving? Probably much more than you think. Your hearing helps you hear a horns, the sound of sirens, and the sounds of another vehicle near you.
It is estimated that more than 400 million people around the world suffer from disabling hearing loss. A study showed that older adults with poor hearing have greater difficulty with driving in the presence of distractors (cellphones, navigation systems,etc) than older adults with good hearing.
Driving can be more challenging with a hearing loss and that is why it is so important to seek help. With all the technology available nowadays, with hearing aids having sensitive microphones and advanced settings for example, people suffering with hearing loss can also continue to drive safely.
Here are a few tips to help you make your driving experience safer and more enjoyable:
1- Do Not Multitask
It is important to focus on driving, and only driving, anything else -- like checking your phone, eating, can wait until you reach your destination. Focus on the road to make sure you and those around you are safe while sharing a road.
2- Keep Music Down
Keeping the volume on the car radio low will help you to concentrate on other noises around you.
3- Pay Attention to Visual Cues
Trying to get a good sense of your surrounding is very important when driving. Always check your mirrors and keep a safe distance from other vehicles. Pay close attention to street signs and traffic signals and always keep an eye out for pedestrians.
A hearing assessment can help you find the best hearing solution for you that can maximize your safety, and the safety of other drivers, who are sharing the road with you. York Hearing Clinic proudly serves the Newmarket and surrounding areas with state-of-the-art hearing aid technology and advanced hearing testing. Our team is here to help and support you with a full range of hearing healthcare services. Contact us today and find out how we can help!