This study will investigate the driving habits of deaf drivers and the manners in which they adapt to their driving experience. The lack of an auditory sense presents some unique challenges. While it is clear that driving is a predominantly visual task, auditory stimulation is still a part of the driving experience. This study seeks to determine how deaf drivers cope in a driving environment despite hearing loss. The results of the study will help to inform policy that can make the driving experience safer.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Deaf--Means of communication; Distracted driving; Automobile driving--Psychological aspects; Traffic safety; Automobile driver education
Criminal Justice (MS)
Department, Program, or Center
Department of Criminal Justice (CLA)
Hamilton, Pierce T., "Communicating through Distraction: A Study of Deaf Drivers and Their Communication Style in a Driving Environment" (2015). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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