According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, “Approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing.”
If you have trouble hearing and are planning to take a rideshare to Morrison Park in Lake Jackson, you may be wondering how to optimize the experience. In this post, we review how to have the best rideshare experience with hearing loss.
Turn on Assistive Features in the App
Certain rideshare apps offer assistive features that can improve your experience if you have hearing loss. These include in-app visual and vibrating alerts that let you know when your ride has arrived and when your driver sends you a message. You can contact your preferred rideshare provider before making your travel plans to find out if they offer any other assistive features.
Tell Your Driver About Your Communication Preferences
After you confirm your name and destination, tell your driver about your communication preferences. You can request to sit in the front seat so you can turn to read their lips when they talk to you, or you can bring along a tablet for them to communicate with you when they’re not driving. Some rideshare apps even allow you to set a preference about whether or not you want your driver to talk to you during the ride.
Ask Your Driver to Turn off the Radio
Many rideshare drivers play music in order to set an ambiance. But if background music is going to make it hard for you to communicate with them, you can ask them to turn it down or off.
Visit Your Audiologist
If you haven’t yet sought treatment for your hearing loss, know that hearing aids can improve your communication ability with your rideshare drivers and others. Modern hearing aids can be programmed for many different environments, including inside vehicles. Many boast other amazing features like rechargeability, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic programming, machine learning, geotagging and more!
For more information about communication tips or to schedule an appointment, call Lake Jackson ENT today.