How combined vision and hearing loss interferes with assistive device accessibility
What is it about?
Most assistive devices are designed with the one impairment in mind that they are intended to address. Devices for hearing loss, for example, are often built to be inconspicuous; however, this does not help a device user who also has a visual impairment. Given the reality of older adults who are often dealing with more than one health condition, we decided to examine how low vision affects the use and usability of assistive hearing devices.
Why is it important?
With age, the likelihood of having more than one chronic health condition increases. One effective and popular method to rehabilitate conditions such as vision and hearing loss is the use of assistive devices and technologies. However, device use for individuals with multiple co-morbidities is often complicated because the interaction of two or more impairments can interfere with the usability of the device - a topic that has received little attention but that will become more pressing as the population is aging and living longer.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Walter Wittich