Dual sensory loss or deafblindness
When a person has difficulty seeing or hearing they can be referred to as having a dual sensory loss, also known as deafblind. Usually, a person suffering with deafblindness will have difficulty with communication, mobilising and accessing information. According to the Care and Wellbeing Company (ECL); the largest number of people in the UK with dual sensory loss tends to be the older generation.
There can be various genetic causes which explain a persons’ impairment, but they can also be a result of an injury or infection. However, if someone has sight and hearing loss, it becomes one impairment termed ‘Deafblindness’, as one sense cannot compensate the other. Deafblind people are entitled to a specialist social care assessment under the Care Act which may lead to services and equipment which will support independence.