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Hearing Requirements of a Driver

The noises you hear while driving the engine, the tires on the pavement, the wind, other drivers' vehicles keep you aware of what is going on around you.

Never play the stereo at a volume that keeps you from hearing well.

It is illegal to wear a headset or earplugs in both ears while you drive a motor vehicle or bicycle. (CVC 27400)

People who are deaf or have other hearing impairments can learn to rely on their vision while driving to compensate for a lack of sound. These drivers may scan the area more often to see cars slowing or emergency vehicles approaching.

If your hearing feels strange, visit a doctor. If your hearing is impaired, wear your prescribed hearing aid. You may also consider installing a right-hand rearview mirror to improve your vision.