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Authors

  1. Chang, Kristen Marie-Weber OTD, MOT, OTR/L, CLT

Abstract

Dual sensory impairment is a concomitant change to hearing and vision and is increasingly common due to the aging population. Although seemingly separate, these sensory systems enhance each other and when both are impaired, patients experience increased comorbidities and disability as compared with individuals with a single sensory impairment. Occupational therapy practitioners can support function and quality of life when working with an individual with dual sensory impairment by promoting independence with hearing aid management, incorporating sensory redundancy into assistive devices, and optimizing the environment to enhance auditory and visual cues.