Understand Sensory Loss

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Understand Sensory Loss 1) Understand the factors that impact on an individual with sensory loss Sensory Loss:- * sight loss * hearing loss * deaf blindness Factors:- * communication * information * familiar layouts and routines * mobility Approximately 95 per cent of the information about the world around us comes from our hearing and sight. We read books, magazines and correspondence, we talk to each other face to face or on the telephone and we listen to our music on the television or the radio. The environmental information lets us know what is going on – body language and facial expressions, conversations, computer keys tapping, lawn mowers being used in gardens and so on. To understand the world around us we rely a great deal on our senses. When people have any sensory loss, then their mobility and communication are greatly affected. This can lead to increased loneliness and even isolation in some cases. Many blind and partially sighted people lose the ability to see gestures and facial expressions, which are important parts of communication. It becomes difficult for them to know when someone is speaking to them or even when the other person has walked away. Written communication can be difficult for a person with low vision. Sometimes a larger font is needed, a different coloured paper for colour contrasting or the information on a disk or tape. Communication by email or text can be accessed by having speech programs installed on a computer or mobile telephone. It is essential that we understand the differing needs of people with sensory loss and how you can improve on your work practices to support and empower them. There are significant numbers of people in the UK who have a sensory loss. This can mean sight loss, hearing loss or dual sensory loss. This unit will introduce you to the impact of sensory loss on

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