What is sensory impairment?
The term sensory impairment means a diagnosis of:
- Vision impairment
- Deafness or hearing loss
- Multi sensory impairment (which means having a diagnosed vision and deafness or hearing loss with at least a mild loss in each sense. This is also called Dual Sensory Loss or deafblindness).
We use the term ‘deaf’ to refer to all types of clinically diagnosed hearing loss from mild to profound. This includes deafness in one ear or temporary hearing loss such as glue ear. We are happy to use the terminology chosen by families or young people where they indicate a preference for an alternative term such as hearing loss/hearing impaired.