What is dual sensory loss/deafblindness?

Dual Sensory Loss is when someone loses their hearing and sight. People with a dual sensory loss are also referred to as Deafblind.

People are regarded as ‘Deafblind if their combined hearing and sight loss cause problems with mobility, communication and access to information’ (SENSE, 2002).

The group also includes:

  • People born deafblind congenitally deafblind or those with Ushers Syndrome or CHARGE syndrome
  • People born deaf who later lose their vision
  • People born blind who later lose their hearing
  • People who acquire a sight and hearing loss, later in life

For older people deafblindness may be seen as part of the aging process and people fail to acknowledge the impact that is has.

The impact of deafblindness differs for each individual. Specialist support is needed from trained professionals who have an understanding of the impact of deafblindness is required to meet the needs of each person.

Sense and Deafblind UK offer this support to address the difficulties with accessing information, communication and mobility.

For a full list of local services and charities that can help with all disabilities, please feel free to take a look at the conditions and disabilities section on Southampton Information Directory.

What help can I get from the Sensory Team?

They can:

  • Carry out a Specialist Deafblind Assessment in accordance with The Care Act 2014
  • Look at alternative means of communication such as deafblind manual
  • Show you adaptive equipment
  • Provide information and advice on the range of adaptive equipment and technologies available to you
  • Show you guiding skills
  • Give you mobility training
  • Support you in maintaining independence in all aspects of daily life

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