Identifying sight and hearing loss

A man wearing glasses and holding his ear

Thousands of people in the UK are living with sight and hearing loss, but how can you tell whether you, or someone you know, is one of them?

Early signs of sight loss include:

  • Difficulty reading books and newspapers or watching TV
  • Difficulty recognising people, particularly in unexpected situations
  • Often thinking that you need new glasses
  • Being uncomfortable in bright and/or low lighting
  • Finding it hard to read facial expressions
  • Being unable to find something that you have lost without using your hands or asking for help
  • Finding it difficult to move around in unfamiliar places or in familiar places that have changed

Early signs of hearing loss include:

  • Asking people to repeat themselves or to speak louder
  • Difficulty hearing the TV or radio or music and/or having the volume turned up high
  • Not hearing the doorbell or the telephone ringing
  • Complaining that people are mumbling or speaking too quickly
  • Finding it hard to understand unfamiliar people
  • Avoiding using the phone

If any of these sound familiar, then we can help. To find out more about what to do next and what support is available in your local area then call us free on 0800 132320.

 

Let’s keep in touch!

Join our mailing list and we will keep you up to date about our projects and opportunities to get involved with Deafblind UK.

More Articles

Woman holding a mug smiling

How to communicate with a person who is deafblind

Talking with people with sight and hearing loss and including them in conversations is easy. Here are our top tips…

Find out more
An elderly woman seated on a sofa in front of a bookshelf. She is smiling as a male relative leans down to hug her.

Top tips to enjoy Eid ul-Fitr if you have sight or hearing loss

If you or someone you know has sight or hearing loss, we’re here to help you enjoy Eid ul-Fitr and…

Find out more

Ramadan hacks

We support many people who observe Ramadan but while many of us can take acts of devotion for granted, those…

Find out more

Get in touch

De eatia vit opta doluptam, occum rercide ssimpor atatendae laut reperciat perepre perchil min ped es ate vendisq uatiur, volorunt, que rerum ea doloreperro modio quam eic to vendae nimus repeliquos moloreptae plabo.

ryoji-iwata-IBaVuZsJJTo-unsplash

Prefer to talk?

Call us on 0800 132320 or text us 07903572885
Monday – Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm and Fridays 8.30am – 4.00pm

Join our mailing list for regular updates

We would love to keep in touch with you to keep you up to date about our work.