1.1 Describe how a range of factors has a negative and positive impact on individuals with sensory loss.
Individuals with some form of sensory loss will have a range of negative and positive impact factors. These factors are communication, information, mobility, and familiar layouts and routines.
There is a great impact on communication. Many people, who are in some form visually impaired, lose the ability of seeing facial expressions, and gestures, which are important in spoken communication. 93% of communication is through body language, gestures and expressions and the other 7% is through spoken. Many of the visually impaired find it difficult to distinguish if someone is addressing them or someone else, or if the person speaking has wandered off, which of course is a negative impact on that person. Written communication is also difficult for a person with sight loss. This can be due to too small text, colour of the text, Shiny paper, centring and underlining of text. Written communication through electronics such as emails and text messages are also hard to read due to background lighting and pixilation. Braille is a good format of communication as a person with sight loss can read via their fingertips. Also, as a care worker, I work with a married couple with sight loss, one worse than the other, but when they have their meals, I always refer to a clock face as to where the different foods are such as Carrots at 12, peas at 3, potatoes at 6 and chicken at 9. Some like to know what they are eating this way, and also having a plate guard also helps, so they don’t lose all of their meal to the table or floor.
People with a hearing loss can have trouble with face-to-face communication, especially when they get older. It can cause older people to feel isolated and excluded from conversations. Many people with hearing loss often miss out on what is being communicated. People with sight loss may discontinue using mobile phones and computers...