Driving is a privilege we hold onto dearly. As we age, there are many factors that may affect our ability to be safe drivers. Your body can become stiff or weak, reaction times become slower, and your vision and hearing may worsen. Diseases and ailments like dementia, arthritis, and Parkinson’s can make it near impossible to operate a vehicle without severe pain or confusion.
Our driver’s license from The Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) states if we need corrective lenses while driving, but what about our hearing? Our ability to hear clearly is often overlooked on the Check List of Driver Safety. Perhaps it is less obvious than a memory or physical change. According to the National Institute of Health, hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. Roughly one-third of Americans over age 65 have age-related hearing loss.
Difficulty hearing affects the driver’s ability to hear sirens in an emergency or to take notice of another driver honking to get our attention. What if a pedestrian was yelling for your attention and it went unnoticed? Hearing loss may cause us to not hear directions from our passengers, leading to confusion or anger in a time that concentration is vital.
The good news is, you don’t have to hang up your car keys just yet. Speak One-on-One with our friendly hearing professionals to schedule a FREE In-Home or Office Hearing Test.
Convenient testing at YOUR place or OURS!
Hear Tech Mobile & Hearing Care Center
7193 Sunset Strip Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720
(One block west of Rt 77 Portage St. Exit)
Edwin & Angela McGlumphy
Owners | Licensed
Hearing Care Specialists