Myth-Busting Mondays: DeafblindnessWatch
90% of what we learn from our surroundings at a distance comes from some combination of hearing and sight. A person who is completely deafblind can't do this at all, so most things they learn come from things they are in contact with usually by touch. Even if the loss of one or both senses isn't complete, someone with these problems will have a very different experience of the world to a 'normal' person and is likely to do things in very different ways. Examples of things affected include movement, communication, social interaction and using many everyday objects without specific adaptations- if you think about how a person with the loss of just one sense does these things, many of them rely more on the other so the needs of those with both are very specific. It's also worth noting that many people with these also have other disabilities and medical conditions, which also affect how they learn and perceive the things around them.
Our question is: What proportion of UK 10-29 year olds have both a hearing and visual impairment?
Do you have hearing and visual impairments or do you know anyone who has? What challenges would you face and how do you think you would cope? Is there anything you think you wouldn't be able to do that you would really miss?
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There's an interesting article here on how deafblind people can learn which minimarshmallow showed me yesterday- I meant to add it in the OP but totally forgot! Well worth a read though if anyone's interested
I have a friend whose child is moderately to severely deaf and partially sighted due to having part of one of his chromosomes missing. (on each, you have 2 "arms" - p and q. On number 18, he doesn't have q. This causes a lot of physical and learning disabilities, including hearing and sight problems) Because his hearing loss came when he was young and when he was learning to speak, he does have some problems talking. He uses a form of a sign language to help him communicate.
Growing up, I relied a lot on my hearing to do things like cross the road and do other things, which when you've got hearing problems on top, is now actually quite difficult. The type of hearing loss I have, there's no cure for. (there are some where they can operate)
Wow that is so much more common than I thought! I thought it would like like 1 in 100,000! Maybe I was thinking of severe deafblindness, but still. Thanks for the informative thread
Yeah it surprised me a bit too, I've just realised that's the upper estimate but even so. Not sure what the stats are like for severe deafblindness but I'd imagine they're a lot lower as you say.
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