Audiology Services and Hearing Technologies: The Experiences of Deafblind Individuals
A report by Sense and The Ear Foundation
Sense estimates that the number of deafblind people in the UK in 2010 was around 250,000; 222,000 aged over 70 and 33,000 aged 20-69.
It is likely that this population already use, or will need to use, audiology services and hearing technologies. Sense receives a high rate of enquiries from their members and commissioned this study to qualify the needs, experiences and expectations of deafblind people in order to make recommendations for clinicians and commissioners.
The views of 37 deafblind adults were collected using questionnaires and interviews. Participants varied in communication preferences, age, gender, geographical location, type/severity of deafblindness and use of hearing technology.
Recommendations based on the results of this study have been produced relating to: technology self-efficacy, access to information and service provision. It is essential that services and clinicians are aware of these recommendations in order to meet the needs of this ever increasing population.
First published: Tuesday 29 July 2014
Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2015