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Safety Tips for Drivers with Hearing Loss

Senior Care in Perry FL

For many adults, driving becomes more difficult as they get older. It could have something to do with their vision, physical health, or even hearing impairment. Hearing loss is something that Senior-Care-in-Perry-FLaffects about 33 percent of older adults and is a disability that could cause major problems on the road. We often only think of vision as being the only actual sense that drivers need to have in order to be safe behind the wheel, but that could not be further from the truth. Hearing is also a vital sense for drivers because it allows them to hear other vehicles, including ambulances or police vehicles with their sirens on.

With the assistance of a senior care provider and these tips, your loved one will be able to safely drive for years to come.

  • Have regular hearing checkups. As your loved one gets older, it becomes even more important for them to get their hearing tested by an audiologist on a regular basis. This doctor will be able to make sure the elder’s hearing is not getting worse.
  • Get fitted for hearing aids. Your parent may not be on board for wearing hearing aids, but these devices can be extremely helpful for drivers with hearing loss. These days, hearing aids are extremely small and difficult to notice from a distance. Knowing that the hearing aids are hidden may help your loved one be more willing to wear one.
  • Make adjustments. There are many different types of tools and devices available that can be installed into the vehicle for a safer ride. For example, a wide-rear view mirror will allow the elder to see objects and other vehicles much more closely.
  • Check mirrors frequently. Even if the elder’s hearing is not as good as it used to be, checking their mirrors while they drive will allow the elder to see flashing lights or other vehicles on the road when driving.
  • Limit distractions. If there are any distractions in the vehicle, they should be removed. This includes a noisy radio or passenger.
  • Check signal light indicators. Many elders turn on their signals, completely forgetting that they turned them on in the first place. They should constantly check their dashboard to make sure their signals are not being left one.

Driving is a huge responsibility for anyone over the age of 16. With these tips, older adults with hearing loss will be able to comfortably get behind the wheel, despite their impairment.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Perry, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

 

Source:  http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2016/deaf-driver-safety-police-kb.html?intcmp=Outbrain&obref=obinsite

Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.

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