Health and wellbeing

Sense can help with advice, support and information that can help adults and children with visual and hearing impairments to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

A child in a swimming poolOur publications, below, are packed full of information, tips and guidance, and really unpack what you need to know about vision care, assessments, or cochlear implants.

Similarly our links to external websites explore the A-Z of associated conditions of sight loss and hearing impairment, such as from birth (congenital)  or due to age-related causes (acquired). 

Our easy-to-understand factsheets on CHARGE and Usher syndrome discuss the general health aspects and explain the terms associated with these conditions. They also include details of support groups as well as who to get in touch with for further information about relevant services.

Vision care for your deaf child

For children with hearing impairments, vision plays a crucial role as they explore the world around them, acquire language skills, and take their first educational steps. This publication discusses how vision works and its developments. It highlights what to expect at an eye clinic for a deaf child’s tests, such as explaining what will happen when the lights are turned off, treatments and aids, ophthalmology service care, and the booking or involvement of a sign or language interpreter. 

Download publication: Vision care for your deaf child.

Vision care for deaf children and young people: guidelines for professionals

This downloadable booklet features the quality care standards for deaf children, looks at key research findings, the referral process, as well as the diverse modes of communication. It also includes a useful chapter for parents to empower them with information and what they should expect through multi-disciplinary working with professionals. 

Download booklet: Vision care for deaf children and young people: guidelines for professionals.

The importance of hearing and eye tests

This downloadable information explains how to make the most of residual sight and hearing, and an explanation of the different tests. The factsheet also suggests ‘beforehand’ observations that can be carried out and which will usefully feed into the tests and examinations.

Download factsheet: The importance of hearing and eye tests.

Deafblindness and cochlear implantation booklet

A booklet that discusses how cochlear implants have dramatically changed the outlook for children and adults who are deafblind or have sensory impairments. It explains how deafblindness restricts access to information and the difficulties a child may experience when hearing or visual signals are absent or fragmented. With large colour illustrations that explain the cochlear implant process and system, the booklet includes family stories of children who have gone through these stages.

There’s also useful information for professionals on the practical aspects of cochlear implants, the assessment, and a discussion on the challenges and liaison with other agencies.

You can order a copy of the Deafblindness and cochlear implantation booklet free of charge here.

Deafblindness and cochlear implantation: a practical resource

Written particularly for parents of chidren who are congenitally deafblind who have been given one or two cochlear implants and the professionals working with them, this publication is a useful addition to the information supplied in the earlier Deafblindness and cochlear implantation booklet.

The booklet discusses using cochlear implants in the home as well as at school, and explains how to monitor progress.

You can order a copy of the Deafblindness and cochlear implantation resource free of charge here.

Hearing Link

Hearing Link is a UK hearing loss organisation that enables adults with any level of hearing loss, and their families, to find the right information, appropriate services, and meaningful ways to connect with other people. 

A website dedicated to carers

Featuring news, views, information and tips specifically for those caring for others, this site created by Bupa and Carers UK, 'aims to try and help as many carers as possible to make one or two small changes that will help them care and cope better'. With contributions from experts and other carers on this Carewell site, there’s plenty of advice, support and shared experiences.


First published: Friday 23 March 2012
Updated: Friday 23 June 2017