If you have dual sensory impairment - both sight and hearing loss - it is sometimes called deafblindness. Some people are born with dual sensory loss whereas others may be born with one impairment and develop a second later on.  Some people may acquire both impairments in later life. The two impairments together increase the impact of each

How impaired each sense is can vary greatly. It is important that you get the right support for your own level of sensory impairment.

We want to support you to live as independently as possible. Whether you need extra help with meals, adaptations to your home or just some information and advice about care and support, there are plenty of ways to help make life easier.

Talk to your GP about your concerns. They will arrange for you to have a sight and/or hearing test.

If you have a dual sensory loss that is impacting on your day to day life you can contact the Sirona Hearing and Vision Team for information and advice and to discuss what support may be available to you. Contact telephone number 01225 395331 or text 07812260515

If you are registered as having dual sensory loss you may be entitled to:

- free advice on dealing with dual sensory impairment
- special equipment
- some disability benefits
- discounts on public transport 

It will depend on your needs and financial circumstances whether or not you have to pay for your care and support.

People with certain medical diagnoses and people in receipt of certain state benefits are also entitled to a free NHS eye test. Call 0844 415 3905 and request form HC1.

If you are looking after someone who has dual sensory loss, it is important that you get the support you need to carry on  caring.

Talk to the specialist social worker of the person you are looking after about what you do and they can help advise on how you can get support.

If the person you are looking after has not yet spoken to anyone about their needs, find out how to get information about care and support.

To find out about the support available for carers, contact our partner BANES Carers' Centre today on 0800 0388885 for help and advice about how to make caring easier and how to get the support you need to keep on caring.

You can ask to be registered as having a dual sensory impairment by contacting a specialist adviser from the Sirona  hearing and vision team on 01225 395331 then select option 2 or email hearingandvision@sirona-cic.org.uk. or text 07812260515

If you have not yet had your sight and hearing tested, talk to your GP so that they can arrange a test for you.  You can ask to be registered as hearing impaired by contacting a specialist adviser from the Sirona hearing and vision team on 01225 395331 then select option 2 or email hearingandvision@sirona-cic.org.uk. or text 07812260515

The Sirona hearing and vision team are a specialist social care team who will talk to you about your needs and help work out what will help you live a more independent life. If you have not yet spoken to anyone about your needs, find out how to get information and advice about care and support.

Find out about support for carers if you are looking after a friend or family member who has dual sensory loss.

The national organisation Sense for deafblind people offers plenty of information and services for deafblind people so they can live as independently as possible and participate fully in the lives of their local communities.

Deafblind UK are a national organisation who offer a range of information, advice and guidance to deafblind people, their carers, family and friends  http://deafblind.org.uk

Find the information or support you are looking for on Wellbeing Options - a website containing lots of useful information about local care providers, clubs, services and activities, along with links to other useful websites and resources.

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