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Sensory Impairment

Dual Sensory

What is Dual Sensory?

Dual sensory impairment refers to a person with both sight and hearing impairment and is sometimes referred to as deafblind.

People can be born with a dual sensory impairment or they can experience sight and hearing loss at any stage of their life.

Often hearing and vision loss can come on gradually.

In later life, people often think this is a natural part of the aging process and can sometimes go unrecognised in the early stages.

If you experience any form of sensory loss then there are a number of options for you to get advice information and support. 

You can contact your registered GP who can refer to you to an eye or hearing specialist who can determine -

  • the significance of your problems
  • point you in the direction of gaining a greater understanding of your situation
  • support you to register as blind, partial sighted or deaf

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If you have a sensory impairment or are experiencing sensory loss, you may be able to access support to help you live your life.

The Department of Health has set out very clear policy guidelines regarding the care and support for deafblind children and adults. This policy outlines the responsibility local authorities have to people who are deafblind.

Download a copy of the Department of Health policy guidance for deafblind children (PDF)

Equipment and Adaptations

Our equipment and adaptations page has information on the various adaptations including the Kingston Care Lifeline and Telecare Services.

Visit our equipment and adaptations page

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