We all know that our hearing is an important part of our ability to drive safely. After all, if we can’t hear another driver honking a warning about an imminent fender-bender, we might not react to the situation in time. The Canadian Hearing Society estimates that in Canada more than 60% of seniors over the age of 65 have age-related hearing loss.
Symptoms of age-related hearing loss can include:
- Difficulty hearing things in noisy areas (such as in traffic).
- Difficulty distinguishing high-pitched sounds (such as emergency vehicle sirens) from one another.
- More difficulty hearing men’s voices than women’s voices.
- Voices sound mumbled or slurred.
- Ringing sounds in the ears.
If any driver has hearing loss, it’s important that they take steps to treat it so that they can continue to drive safely. There are numerous effective treatments for age-related hearing loss, including surgery, or simply being fitted for a hearing aid – and many of today’s hearing aids are virtually invisible to others. Information from the Canadian Hearing Society on hearing aids and when to consider one can be found here.