Hsc Sensory Loss

SSMU21] Introductory awareness of sensory loss
SSMU21.1 - Understand the factors that impact on an individual with sensory loss and steps that can be taken to overcome these
1.1 Describe how a range of factors have a negative and positive impact on individuals with sensory loss
Sensory loss
sight loss
hearing loss
deaf blindness

familiar layouts and routines

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, 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. familiar layouts around their house is important so it makes moving from one room to another easier e.g not to move furniture around or leaving cupboard doors open or put things down on their floor
A deaf or hard of hearing person may use Sign Language to communicate, each country has their own form of sing language in this country (Britain) the British sign language (BSL)...