Identifying sight and hearing loss

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:

  • Having difficulty with depth perception
  • Using a very large TV
  • Difficulty with reading or participating in hobbies
  • Leaving post unopened
  • Missing people in the street, struggling to read street signs or bus numbers
  • Reluctance or hesitancy to go out of the home, including to social activities that were previously enjoyed
  • Increase in knocks to the body, trips or falls
  • Issues when negotiating or missing steps, kerbs or stairs
  • Difficulties in navigating in unfamiliar places
  • Unusual head positioning or holding things up close to eyes
  • Persistently cleaning glasses or difficulty seeing well with them
  • Hesitancy in sunlight, bright light, or low light, night
  • Burnt fingers or hands – from testing water or using the oven
  • Physical changes in the appearance of the eye such as redness, swelling or discharge

Early signs of hearing loss include:

  • Regularly asking people to repeat themselves
  • Having difficulty following conversations involving more than two people
  • Thinking that other people sound muffled or like they’re mumbling
  • Having difficulty hearing in noisy situations, like conferences, restaurants, shopping centres, or crowded meeting room
  • Having trouble hearing children and women
  • Having the TV or radio turned up to a high volume
  • Answering or responding inappropriately in conversations
  • Having ringing in the ears
  • Reading lips or more intently and watching people’s faces when they speak
  • Feeling embarrassed to meet new people or from misunderstanding what others are saying
  • Withdrawing from social situations that were once enjoyed

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.