Clinical assessments

With the nature of sensory impairments, individuals may have yearly appointments with clinicians to assess their vision and in some cases, their hearing and/or balance as well. 

This information aims to support individuals, particularly those whom are newly diagnosed, to give them a brief overview of the steps involved in each of the commonly-used assessments for vision, hearing and balance.

However, this information can also be useful for family members, carers and friends that would like to support an individual during these clinical assessments.

Staff working in related charities and support groups may also find this information useful in answering any queries about the steps involved during a particular clinical assessment.

If you have any queries or would like more information please contact the Sense Research team at

Related links in this section

Clinical vision assessments

Clinical hearing assessments

Preparing for your clinical assessment


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Created: July 2014
Review due: May 2016

First published: Friday 18 July 2014
Updated: Tuesday 22 December 2015