Helpful Safety Tips for Those Who Have Hearing Loss

Senior man with hearing loss getting ready to go out with his best friend, a Standard Poodle service dog.

For you and the people you love, living with hearing loss can be difficult to adjust to. Sometimes, it can even be dangerous.

What if you can’t hear a smoke detector or somebody yelling your name? Car sounds can indicate dangers ahead, but if you have neglected hearing loss, you won’t hear them.

Don’t worry about the “what ifs”. The first thing that somebody with neglected hearing loss should do is get a hearing exam. Here are several tips to help keep people with hearing aids and their families safer whether or not they’re wearing their hearing aid.

1. Take a friend with you when you leave the house

If possible, take someone with you who is not dealing with hearing loss. If that isn’t possible, ask people to face you when speaking to you so you will have an easier time hearing them.

2. Stay focused when you drive

It’s essential to stay focused when you’re driving because you can’t depend on your hearing as much for cues. Don’t use your phone or GPS while driving, just pull over if you need to change your route. Before you drive, if you are concerned that you might have an issue with your hearing, call us for an evaluation.

Don’t feel ashamed if you have to turn off the radio or ask passengers to stop talking during more decisive moments of your drive. Safety first!

3. Think about getting a service animal

For individuals who have visual impairment, epilepsy, or other issues, a service animal seems obvious. But if you have auditory issues, they can also be really helpful. You can be warned about danger by a service dog. They can inform you when someone is at your door.

Not only can they help with these problems, but they also make a great companion.

4. Have a plan

Determine what you’ll do before an emergency happens. Speak with people in your life about it. As an example, be sure your family is aware that you will be in the basement in the case of a tornado. Plan a specific location outside your house in the case of a fire.

This way, emergency personnel, and your family will know where you will be if something were to go wrong.

5. When you’re driving, pay attention to visual clues

Over time, it’s likely that your hearing loss has worsened. You might need to rely on your eyes more if you don’t regularly get your hearing aids calibrated. You may not hear sirens so look out for flashing lights. When children or pedestrians are around, stay extra attentive.

6. Share your limitations with friends and family

Nobody wants to disclose that they have hearing impairment, but people in your life need to know. You may need to get to safety and people around you will be able to warn you about something you may have missed. They probably won’t bother alerting you if they think you hear it too.

7. Keep your car well-maintained

Your car might begin making peculiar noises that your hearing loss stops you from hearing. These sounds may indicate a mechanical issue with your vehicle. If ignored, they can do long-term damage to your vehicle or put you in danger. It’s a good idea to ask a trusted mechanic for their opinion on the condition of your vehicle when you take it in for an oil change or inspection.

8. Have your hearing loss treated

If you want to stay safe, having your hearing loss treated is crucial. Have your hearing checked annually to determine when your hearing loss is substantial enough to require an assistive device. Don’t allow pride, money, or time constraints stop you. Modern hearing aids are discreet, functional, and very affordable. A hearing aid can help you remain safer in all aspects of your life.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.