Can you imagine if all drive-thru restaurants had touch screens as an option to use? That way people wouldn’t have to deal with the annoying speakers that is hard to understand from. Deaf people have no use for speakers at all. Even the hearing impaired cannot make out the words being said over them. Speakers at drive-thru places are a nuisance for the deaf world. Even those that can hear have told me they have trouble understanding things over the speakers.
Wouldn’t it be better if they provided touch screens or some other ways for people to order than to have to use the speakers? I have sent a list of ideas of how they can provide better services for deaf customers to the VP of Arby’s. He replied to me that he had forwarded my list of ideas to the marketing support team to see what they can do. I am really very excited about this. Can you imagine how wonderful it would be if they make it easier for the deaf customers at these places to order without having to deal with communication difficulties?
Now I hope that all places will participate and make some changes to help their deaf customers. That includes Tim Horton’s, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King and many more that I have not mentioned.
Good evening everybody! It’s so good to be here tonight. Last summer I had requested for new hearing aids from Beltone. They worked terrible, so I had them returned. Later my regular audiologist ordered a new pair of Phonak hearing aids for me. I had no idea how that would turn out due to my bad experience with the Beltone hearing aids. Believe me, I will never go back to Beltone, their hearing aids were awful. When I went to see my audiologist, he tested these new hearing aids on a machine hooked up to a computer. We had to pick out the level of the sound that I was comfortable with.
A few weeks later, I received a check given to me by my Empire Plan Insurance company. Happily I paid my audiologist the 3,000 dollars from my insurance company. That covered my hearing aids and my new ear molds, plus the batteries. So I didn’t have to pay a dime. You could say I got them free. Boy I was lucky. Then I tried them on and they were very comfortable with the ear molds. I was very happy. These are much better than my old ones. I was hearing some sounds I never heard before in my entire life! So that is amazing. These are really good hearing aids.
When I drive, my music is usually playing, and it is pretty loud. Therefore I cannot hear anything that is going on outside of the car. Even when it’s off, I cannot hear the police siren behind me. Usually I am looking at the mirrors every five minutes to see if anyone is driving too close . That’s one way how I find out of there happens to be a cop behind me.
If someone is blowing their car horn at me, I can’t hear it unless they honk it more than 3 times. Sometimes when the other driver is honking at you, they will give you an angry wave if you don’t respond to their beeping . It would be helpful if all deaf people would keep a deaf visor card in their car.
I put a Visor Card in my car so that if a cop ever pulls me over, it explains that I am hard of hearing so that the cop will know. It also tells the cop how to communicate with me properly. What I could use is a big waterproof sticker that says I’m deaf and stick it on the back of my car. And one for the front too if needed. Except I don’t know where to get these things. I hope someday someone will invent these kind of stickers for the deaf drivers to help keep them safe on the road.
- Mirror, (hand) signal, manoeuvre: Meet the driving instructor teaching deaf people to drive through sign language (menmedia.co.uk)
- Why New York Doesn’t Need ‘Don’t Honk’ Signs (motherboard.vice.com)