Sensory Loss Essay

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Unit 4222-393 Understand sensory loss 1.1 Sensory loss can often be a ‘hidden’ disability which can frequently lead to isolation and frustration at not being able to communicate efficiently with other people. With hearing loss, day-to-day activities such as hearing a doorbell, using the telephone, watching television or taking part in conversations can produce feelings of inadequacy. Conversely, not being able to distinguish faces, read the time on a clock or drive can produce the same feelings in a person who has vision loss. Having a dual sensory loss compounds the frustration and isolation a person feels when trying to communicate effectively. Hearing loss interferes with face-to-face communication and can often cause older people to lose interest in everyday activities and in turn make them more likely to miss information given by their doctor, carer or family member. Older people who are losing their hearing often rely on their eyesight to compensate for this. In conversation, they will watch the other person’s face and lips, and use clues about the context to try to respond appropriately. However, people who are losing both their hearing and their vision will find it difficult to look for clues in the conversation. This will be particularly severe with a person who has central vision loss, as this then may completely remove the ability to read lips or to see faces. To avoid deaf/blind people becoming devoid of knowledge about the outside world or having a limited contact with a variety of other people, support should be obtained from a range of sources, such as health services, social services, specialist organizations and support groups. Factors impacting on those who have sensory loss: · The persons own beliefs about sensory loss, as well as general health and abilities. · Others attitudes and beliefs about people with a sensory disabilities.
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