Types of sensory loss
Sensory loss, or sensory impairment, is the common term used to describe Deafness, blindness, visual impairment, hearing impairment and Deafblindness.
There are an estimated 50,120 people living with sight loss in Essex. Of this total, 6,700 are living with severe sight loss (blindness).
There are approximately 155,000 people in Essex with a moderate or severe hearing impairment, and a further 3,500 who are profoundly deaf.
Dual sensory impairment and ‘deafblind’ are terms to describe a combined sight and hearing impairment. There are varying degrees of combined sight and hearing impairments.