Before we dive into this, let me share a little story with you:
That was my first lesson with my driving instructor, Oscar. It was also the first time I’ve ever been in a car. Poor Oscar. Thankfully, after a couple more lessons with him, I was able to figure out how to best navigate my hearing loss and driving with an instructor beside me. I took what I learned to my driving test, and want to share those lessons with you.
Lesson #1: Do a Test Drive
Go to the location where your driving test will take place, and do a test drive in the area around it. Take note of things that might make it hard to hear - such as nearby crowds, construction sites etc.
Lesson #2: Tell the Examiner About Your Hearing Loss
If you end up having to ask them to repeat their instructions, they will know it’s because you didn’t catch them the first time around. Having that transparency will make sure that they will not penalize you for asking for repeat instructions. They will penalize you if you’re a bad driver though.
Lesson #3: Practice Driving
This lesson could apply to anyone taking their driving test, but if you have hearing loss, make note of what could help you hear better in the car. This could consist of turning down the music, having no open windows etc. Also, the extra practice can help eliminate some of the nerves that you could have on test day.