Hello. I have a severe to profound high frequency loss in both ears but almost normal in low tones. Basically, I have a ski slope hearing loss. Nowadays, I am shopping for a used car and would appreciate it if anyone could help me with my research. I am looking for car that must have blind spots, cross traffic alert, front collision alert, and back up camera. I test driven a few models but all have high pitched beeping sounds that I am unable to hear. I do wear hearing aids but occasionally like when watching tv or attending teleconference meetings but I don’t think HA’s are helping me anyway. By the way, when driving, I can hear ambulance, fire truck and patrol car siren without my hearing aids as these sounds are in low tones and loud. So going back to my dilemma, does anyone know of any car model that has low tones warning beeping sounds for backup camera, cross traffic alert, etc. or Is there any off market car accessories that might help me enhance the high pitched sound that most cars have? Thank you in advance.
Welcome to the forum. Sharing your audiogram would be very helpful.
Severe to profound upper frequency hearing loss, you really need to wear hearing aids if you intend to hear the alarms and buzzers in cars. And those aids need to be properly tuned for you to hear them.
Don’t know of any cars that have bass sounds for alarms.
Even with my aids in, I can only barely hear the beeping sounds in my car. Turn signals? Never. Ah, that is life.
In most Audis you can change the frequency of the warning beeps.
When I picked up my VW Tiguan I couldn’t hear the parking beepers - took it back to the dealer who plugged something in and turned the volume right up - now I have no problem even without my aids. If I hadn’t asked, I’d never have known the volume was adjustable.
That may be an option for me. I think I will take my cars to the dealer and see if they can increase the volume
My wifes car has visual queues. There is a green light in the side vision mirrors if there is a vehicle in the blind spot. Visual and audible proximity warnings for front and rear. Ford Explorer…Hope I am allowed to say the brand…
I didn’t even know there were hi pitched warning beeps. Maybe that’s proof you don’t really need to hear them in order to drive safely.
Oh, this sounds like a great feature. Did she had to order and pay for that or it’s a default feature?
Standard feature on the Ford Explorer. Possibly on all newer Fords??
For me the only warning signal I can hear in my car is the simulated rumble strip sound when my car thinks I am too far to one side of the road. It gets my subwoofer active. Otherwise it occurs to me that I can not hear warning beeps for most things. I can’t even hear my smoke alarms go off which is a real concern.
Looking at your audiogram I would think you should be able to hear smoke alarms, birds, etc. Do you really hear sounds in the upper frequencies when audiogram testing? If you do it appears your aids need to be tuned so you can hear these upper frequencies.
I have the same problem. I was changing the smoke detectors batteries at my daughters house and I was on the second floor. I was on a ladder about 2ft from the detector as it was also hard wired. I was hearing a very faint click from the detector when my daughter came running up the stairs yelling to turn off the detector as everyone downstairs was going deaf. This was a wakeup call for me as how bad my hearing really was.
I see frequency lowering could be a big help for you concerning not hearing the smoke alarm. Your high frequency hearing loss is pretty bad. Do you actually hear the high frequencies?
When that happened 2yr ago I was using Resounds UP from Costco. I have since gone to Phonak Brio 3 B-675 from Costco and they are much better for me. The frequency lowering does help some as I do hear the birds in the yard now. I do know that there is not a lot that can be done for me as I have been hard of hearing since I was young and I am 79 now. I am happy to hear as much as I do as I would be lost without my HA’s.
This is a concern of mine. Ours has - for unknown reason - gone off in the middle of the night (there wasn’t any fire) and I didn’t hear it. It didn’t wake me up. This concerns me also.
Look into getting a bed shaker.
Thank you all for your replies.I found out that newer Chevy Impala has a bass kind of sound like drum noise for all the alarms when adjusted. I am thinking of getting a Impala as other popular models I had tested didn’t have this low tone alarm sound feature even adjusted to max level.