Today’s guest on the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” podcast is Mrs. Jennifer Dahmer, Hearing Instrument Specialist with Healthy Hearing.
Jennifer also serves as a Customer Support Specialist for Healthy Hearing. As a licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist, Jennifer knows the impact of helping the hearing impaired. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and has spent her career in healthcare.
At Healthy Hearing, Jennifer prides herself on delivering excellent support to providers and patients alike, diligently working to connect people with hearing loss to the appropriate professionals; professionals who are dedicated to improving customers’ lives through hearing healthcare.
Jennifer lives with her husband and three children outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and enjoys homesteading hobbies including raising goats, chickens, ducks and dogs.
In today’s show, Jennifer offers tips and suggestions for older drivers who have a hearing impairment.
WOW…I didn’t know that: While an estimated 43% of adults over the age of 65 have hearing loss, roughly only 25% wear hearing aids!
Show notes for “Tips for Older Drivers With Diminished Hearing”
00:00 Welcome to the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” podcast show!
00:54 Introducing today’s guest; Jennifer Dahmer, Hearing Instrument Specialist with Healthy Hearing
02:14 Today’s topic: Is it safe to drive with hearing loss?
02:44 Why do some older drivers not like to wear their hearing aids?
03:39 Can I still drive (safely) if I have hearing loss?
05:29 Tips to help recognize the onset of hearing loss
06:48 Can hearing loss serve as a drag on cognitive functions?
07:33 Hearing aids help our brains stay healthy
09:07 Can vehicle adaptations help compensate for hearing loss?
09:38 As an older driver with hearing loss, how can I stay safe behind the wheel?
10:35 The importance of staying focused and eliminating distractions
10:38 What about the driver that doesn’t like to wear their hearing aids?
13:38 Tips for drivers that do wear their hearing aids
15:17 What does a hearing aid actually do?
16:44 How to contact Jennifer and Healthy Hearing
18:22 Thank you to Jennifer Dahmer and everyone at Healthy Hearing
39:41 Thank you to Chris MacLellan and everyone at The Whole Care Network