What’s in a name: Dual sensory impairment or deafblindness?

  • Walter Wittich, Kenneth Southall, Lindsey Sikora, Donald H Watanabe, Jean-Pierre Gagné
  • British Journal of Visual Impairment, September 2013, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0264619613490519

Are "dual sensory impairment" and "deafblindness" the same thing?

Photo by Thiago Barletta on Unsplash

Photo by Thiago Barletta on Unsplash

What is it about?

We studied what terminology different professionals use when the refer to combined vision and hearing loss.

Why is it important?

In order to facilitate communication among stakeholders in multi-disciplinary healthcare, we need to be aware of how we each communicate relevant information in overlapping fields. In the rehabilitation of individuals with vision and hearing loss, care is automatically involving multiple health care professionals, but they do not always use terminology that all agree upon. This article aims to improve this communication challenge.


Dr Walter Wittich
Universite de Montreal

This study was inspired by my own challenges and difficulties when searching and finding the clinical and scientific literature, and to access articles that deal with combined vision and hearing loss.

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