Explore ideas that can help you enjoy services like Uber and Lyft with ease.

Explore these travel tips for using rideshare services with hearing loss.Rideshare services have made it easier than ever before to get around and explore your city. This on-demand transportation technology means you can choose your pickup location and destination, vehicle style, and payment method before you even get in the vehicle! If you experience hearing loss, you may be glad to know the most popular rideshare services like Uber and Lyft make it easy to enjoy your travels. Explore these ideas for using rideshare services with hearing loss:

  • Turn on assistive features in the app
  • Let your driver know your communication preferences
  • Ask to turn down the radio or music player

Learn more about each of these rideshare travel tips for hearing loss below.

Turn on assistive features in the app
Using a rideshare app like Uber or Lyft to book your ride is made a bit easier with assistive technology features. For example, Uber offers in-app visual, vibrating alerts that indicate when your ride has arrived or if you received a message from your driver. For a full look at the hearing loss-friendly features available in your area, contact your chosen rideshare service before making travel arrangements.

Let your driver know your communication preferences
While the details of your trip are confirmed before you even set foot in the vehicle, it may be helpful to also speak with the driver about your hearing loss and communication preferences when they first arrive. Plan to bring along any communication tool you would like, such as a small notebook and pen, to help you communicate with your driver or other passengers who may also be traveling along with you. Uber now lets you select your communication preferences when you schedule the ride, asking if you’d prefer “conversation with the driver” or “no conversation.”

Ask to turn down the radio or music player
If your rideshare driver has the radio or a music player device turned on at the start of the ride, consider requesting that it is turned down or off. Reducing background noise and maintaining a comfortable volume not only can aid in communication with your driver, but it also helps protect the hearing of everyone in the car.

These simple ideas for using rideshare services with hearing loss can help you enjoy your travels with ease. For more articles on living and traveling with hearing loss, head to our blog.

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