Living with deafblindness

Deafblindness can affect everyone in different ways. The extent to which it affects your daily living depends on many things, including the nature of your sight and hearing loss; what has caused you to become deafblind; other medical conditions and also your own attitude, personality and life history.

Living with deafblindness does not always have a significant impact on your independence. Some people go about their daily lives with just a few minor adjustments or some well planned technology. Others will need more support, such as a communicator guide or support worker, to help them with everyday tasks. For some people, simple changes to how their friends and family behave and communicate can make a huge difference to them.

You may find that as your sight and hearing have worsened, you have found creative ways to manage around your home and when you’re out and about. For example, you might know how many steps it is to your neighbour’s house, or you might know that you keep the shampoo on the right and the conditioner on the left. We often put these strategies in place without realising we’re doing so – and sometimes even before we have acknowledged that our sight and hearing are changing.

In this section you can find more ideas for adapting your home and coping with everyday life with deafblindness. All of the products we mention can be bought in the shops or online but if you have had deafblind assessment, you may not always need to pay for them yourself (depending on your eligibility and assessment recommendations).