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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Can Deaf People Drive?

Driving, some people are good at it some make you fear for your life as they cruise around oblivious to the rest of the world……



Driving is both a blessing and a curse…..

You have the freedom to come and go as you please, getting to places with greater ease and independency but you have to be alert at all times as not everyone quite follows the highway code to the T…..

It opens up more of the world to you and increases your job prospects. It is more crucial today than ever before! But you can be stuck in traffic or behind someone who just poodles along like they’ve all the time in the world…..

As mentioned above, driving is crucial to modern life and the likelihood is you the reader are already driving or will one day be on your way on the road. All walks of life need to go about their day:

- Youngsters at university
- People going to work
- Going out on a day off


And so on! But have you ever considered how a deaf person utilises a car? Perhaps you are wondering what happens if an emergency vehicle approaches?

Well firstly you don’t need to tell the DVLA if you’re deaf if you own a car/motorcycle licence, however you do if you own a bus/coach/lorry licence.

Deaf people pay greater attention to visual cues, such as seeing other drivers moving over to the side of the road or notice the flashing lights of an emergency vehicle.

In the majority of countries deaf people drive, although in some countries they have to show a sticker indicating they’re deaf.














Deaf drivers in Japan must display this sticker on the back of their vehicles

What About Equipment For Deaf People?

A Loop System

















They allow for sound to be heard more clearly and work with hearing aids that have a ‘T’ setting or loop listener. The system helps to reduce background noise and can be fitted inside a car. The system can be setup with a microphone and convert the sounds it picks up into magnetic inductive signals, which one these reach the hearing aid/loop system are converted back into sound the user can hear.

Radio Aids





















Radio aids are designed with the objective of making conversation between a speaker and a deaf person clear, one of the ways it does this is to help reduce background noise.

The driver or passenger will speak into the radio aid transmitter and this will allow the deaf person the ability to hear it in clearer detail. The radio aid transmitter also allows for the option of being plugged directly into:

- Music Players
- DVD Players
- Smartphones/Tablets


The radio aids can also be hooked up to any portable speaker as not every deaf person wears hearing aids.

To connect to a speaker, the radio aid would need body-worn radio aid receivers or a neck-loop receiver. The speakers then simply are plugged into the body-worn or neck-loop receiver and the sound from the transmitter comes out of the speakers. As simple as that!

Some Food For Thought To End On, Deaf People Are Better Drivers…..

Research shows this to be fact! Deaf people are not distracted by:

- Screaming kids
- The radio/music player
- Or tempted to use their mobile phone at any point


Deaf people naturally have a better peripheral vision
and their focus is purely on driving with little to nothing to distract them, making them much safer drivers than hearing people!

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